C.E. “Chuck” Cordes is a native Texan who became an avid outdoorsman and enthusiast of nature at an early age. In Boy Scouts of America, he learned archery and began making primitive bows, arrows, and quivers. At Sam Houston State University, Chuck studied graphic design and commercial art and learned the skills of pen and ink drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. He then joined the US Air Force and entered OTC, serving five years on active and reserve duties.
Chuck began his civilian career as a commercial artist and graphic designer, then expanded his gifts to include commissioned craft work, which led to his current interest in the rustic subject matter of historical, native, and wildlife content. He has sculpted out of Minnesota pipestone, limestone, alabaster and flagstone, as well as copper plate. He carves primarily in wood and shed antlers. Most themes depict American wildlife, Native American culture, or Rock Art (petroglyphs/paleo-glyphs), North American archeological preservations, folklore and legends.