Tanglewood Collection by Master Sculptor Carl Gordon

Carl Hugh Donald Gordon was born on November 1, 1957, in Esperanza Village, Cayo. Gordon went to St. Francis Xavier School at Norland Farm, Cayo District. During his early school years, he unexpectedly acquired a liking for drawing by tracing and sketching drawings from his uncle’s drawing book, a skill that his peers respected.

Gordon left Esperanza Village as a young adult to work for Belize Flour Mills Limited in Belize City. It was here that he met Austin Lopez, who introduced him to woodworking at an art shop on 196 West Collet Canal. Gordon’s artistic path began with sanding jobs and reached a turning point in 1976. Left alone in the art shop, he molded his facial characteristics on a stump, creating his first 2D sculpture. His family and friends recognized his talent and encouraged him to pursue a career in wood sculpture.

Gordon had the honor of working under Hugh Broaster, George Gabb’s protégé. He perfected his sculpting talents under Broaster’s tutelage, deriving inspiration from his deep love of nature and the great outdoors. Over the years, his works have found homes in prominent resorts and companies around Belize. Furthermore, Gordon has trained over 22 people in the craft of woodworking throughout Belize.

Gordon’s artistic versatility grew beyond wood, as seen by his stone sculptures, such as the one displayed at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town, Cayo. His works frequently depict indigenous worldviews and underscore the importance of common heritage and unity.

Gordon currently resides in Los Lagos, where his workshop is located. While he cherishes the seclusion that inspires his creation, he hopes to exhibit his collection in the future and to continue teaching people about sculpting. His exquisite sculptures demonstrate his deep love of art and trust in humanity’s potential to overcome adversity.