Harvey Fite came to Woodstock, NY and became a member of the Maverick Theater Company, an important regional theater. He will go on to join the Jitney Players, a touring company based in Baltimore, and then the Bulgakov Russian Theater in New York. He begins whittling backstage and soon discovers that the love of creating art with his hands outstrips his love of the theater. He gives notice. A professor from St. Stephens lets him live in the barn on his farm in New Jersey, and he begins teaching himself to carve.