- Wis (Harry W.) Laughlin III is a woodcarver specializing in walking sticks and miniature carvings inspired by Japanese netsuke. Wis carves various woods including American Holly and Tagua nuts. He has contributed pieces to a number of events, including Art of the Bag, Empty Bowls and St. Georges High School and has won awards for his carvings. He has been a member or officer of the Tennessee Crafts Southwest for many years. He has judged or chaired a number of arts and crafts events, including the Pink Palace Crafts Fair and the 2004 Arkansas Living Treasure. Wis enjoys piano, bicycling, gardening, and fitness. Wis is a tax, business, and estate planning lawyer.
- Wis carves palm-sized carvings inspired by Japanese netsuke (see the dragon below). In Japan, the netsuke was connected by a cord to an “inro”, which held it to the sash of the kimono. The inro was the fashionable purse for Samurai and members of the aristocracy from the 1500s to 1800s. The evening purse below, fashioned by Wis, is inspired by the Japanese “inro” and is carved from a single piece of spalted wood. In addition, Wis is a ninth year piano student.