Shields Landon Jones (S.L. Jones) was born in Franklin County, Virginia, and one of thirteen children in his family. He worked on his family’s farm in his youth, but left the farm and school at age seventeen for railroad work. He was also a talented musician, and began carving in these early years.
After his retirement in 1967 and the death of his wife, Jones began to focus earnestly on his carvings, and they were exhibited at local fairs. Since the 1970s, his work has become widely known and shown internationally.
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