Michael Harnett began carving wood neckerchief slides while in the Boy Scouts in the mid-1960's. Referencing a book on wood carving by Andy Anderson, Michael also became interested in and started carving wood caricature figures around the same time.
After graduating from college with a degree in Forest Biology, Michael attended graduate school in Museum Training at the University of Iowa.
He then worked for several years at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, in the Museum's Exhibit Department. There, he created and restored foreground habitats in natural setting dioramas, historic duplicate artifacts, and furthered his interest and skill in wood carving and sculpture.
Michael has won many awards and Blue Ribbons at Carving Shows throughout New England for his caricature and bird carvings.
In addition to creating his unique hand-carved and –painted wood carvings, Michael also volunteers at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, where he leads nature walks, humpback whale presentations, and develops and creates museum exhibits and artifacts.