Collection: Tony Okerson

Golconda, Illinois

Tony Okerson began carving his name trains for the Memphis Women’s Exchange after retiring from his career in the U.S. Air Force in 1986. He inherited his tools and basic designs from his father, who carved the letters, engines and cabooses before him. The cedar he uses comes from locally harvested downed trees that he cuts and saws himself. Over the years Tony has enhanced his designs and added seven more Women’s Exchanges where his trains are perennial favorites.