Harvey Fite comes to Woodstock, NY and becomes a member of the important regional theater, the Maverick Theater Company. He later joins the Jitney Players, a touring company based in Baltimore, and eventually the Bulgakov Russian Theater in New York. Though passionate about performing, Fite spends time whittling backstage and soon discovers his love for creating art with his hands. This discovery causes him to leave the theater and move to a farm in New Jersey, where he takes up residency in the barn of a professor from St. Stephens College. It is there that Harvey Fite begins teaching himself how to carve.