Habbart Dean began carving as a hobby in 1979 and won Best in Show awards in the Open Level of many competitions, including Ward World Championships. He was selected as First Carver of the Year at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC. Habbart served on the Ward Foundation's Board of Trustees for 13 years. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board and also held numerous committee chairmanships. He was also Co-Chairman of the Ward World Championship for two years. He died in 2009.