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Daisy & Catfella
Jack Slack is an author and sculptor who has been selling his work throughout the United States, parts of Europe and the Caribbean for the past 40 years. Those familiar with Jack Slack (aka catfella) are readily aware of his love of animals. He has surrounded himself with them all his life and has devoted much of his professional 60 year career as a sculptor to carving animal figures in many mediums before adding gold to the list. He is an accomplished wood and stone carver of the old mallet & chisel variety, seldom using sketches and almost always using live models or his vivid imagination. He founded Designs By Slack Inc. 40 years ago as a manufacturing operation selling to the trade, specializing in precious stone gold animal jewelry. He personally carves all the original designs for the line.
He became an intrepid adventurer early in life. He was a professional fire fighter, commercial spear fishing diver, salvage diver, and traveled around the Atlantic and Caribbean on skin-diving and windsurfing expeditions. He has been a champion skin diver and scuba instructor, experienced shark diver with hands-on exposure to creatures of the deep, as well as a researcher, cruising sailor and author. He is a Korean vet and was also part of the European Occupation Forces of WWII. His interest in rock carving started after earning his degrees in geology and geography. In graduate school he won the national collegiate La Gorce award in cartography with an ocean chart on reefs and currents, matching his special studies on climatology and the ecology of the Soviet Union.
He lived and cruised in the Bahamas on his sailboat and during this period he discovered a sunken Spanish treasure galleon, the largest treasure find of the legendary pieces-of-eight from the reign of Philip IV (1621-1665) the news of which made headlines throughout the world and a cover story in Look magazine.
He was the oceanographic search director for Bahamas Oceanographic Society, under a Harvard charter, appointed by James H. Rand. During his cruising days he was a friend, coach, and diving companion of Jacques Mayol, the famous French skin diver and free dive record holder. He performed one of the earliest open water emergency stage recompression rescues during Jacques Mayol's world record dive when two safety divers got the bends from overexposure working at a depth of 200 feet, off the coast of Grand Bahama.
He is the author of Finders Losers, which is an autobiographical account of his find known as the Lucayan Treasure Find. He was presented to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her visit to the Bahamas as a result of the Royal treasure gift to the Queen by the Bahamian government. His book which was first published as a hard cover edition in the U.S. by Holt, Rinehart & Winston and subsequently published in the United Kingdom by Hutchinson Ltd. where it was chosen for the Adventurers Club collection. His book is now available in a revised edition as an ebook in various digital formats including for the Kindle on Amazon.com and a Smashwords.com edition in various ebook formats.
He has recently published his new book, Caution to the Wind as an ebook available in various ebook formats including for the Kindle on Amazon.com as well as a Smashwords.com edition in various ebook formats covering the more dangerous aspects of his adventurous life.