Woodcarvers reveal their magic at the annual show from November 6 to 7
âI remember approaching a lady and asking her how someone like me, someone without any artistic qualification of any kind, can start sculpting,â begins Scott Boyle. âI never sculpted when I was a kid. I had a knife, but the only thing I cut were my fingers.
“She told me to take a simple coloring book and trace the outline of the picture with a knife instead of a pencil. It’s like those 3D pictures you look at, and in colors, a picture is forming right in front of your eyes! “
From this early experience with relief carving, Boyle now not only makes three dimensional wood carvings but has also recently turned to woodturning, creating wine / whiskey bottle stoppers, key chains , bottle openers, bowls and more on a ride.
Arguably, however, the act of creation is not Boyle’s greatest attraction. He says the Northwest Arkansas woodcarver Sunday reunions are “the only time I can spend with my friends and family doing something we all love – sitting down together to do a job we all love “.
âThere is no TV or radio, but there is coffee, snacks, laughter and different colors and shapes of wood chips on the tables and on the floor,â he says. “Rain or shine, we’re in the Foxfire building in Rogers, carving – or even burning wood – a masterpiece.”
It doesn’t hurt that Boyle’s wife, Pennie, is there next to him. She has been sculpting since the age of 12 in Des Moines and, after a foray into clay sculpture, returned to sculpture in her late twenties. âAfter many years, I finally found my own style of woodcarving,â she says.
âAt sculpture meetings, we like to see what each sculptor is working on and observe their progress,â she explains. âThis is also a time to get suggestions and feedback on the process, or to help new sculptors with instructions from more experienced sculptors. [And] cookies and coffee are always a bonus! “
Then when it comes time for the annual Woodcarvers Show – which is November 6-7 this year – âmy parents, husband and I always seem to have a sculpture or two to compete against one against the other. “
âYou know, I’ve been to several shows lately because of the competition and as a tool seller,â adds Scott Boyle, who is the show’s president. âWhat I love about going to a show is the people. Go see a woodcarver and ask him about his work, and he’ll tell you what inspires him, his visions, [and] the bright dull colors that are painted will tell you something. Our hope is to show that public carving is fun and that you can carve just about anything. There are so many mediums available from stone, wood, bone, wood, acrylic, soap, potatoes, pumpkins, leaves, plastic, nuts, etc. . “
“We also receive sculptors from other clubs in the area and share their sculptures”, adds his wife. “We also have a judged show, which is a fun competition for everyone.”
âYou know, it’s fun to compete with her,â adds Scott Boyle. “She’s been sculpting a lot longer than me, about 30 years and over, [so] it’s a challenge. She is the one who has sculpted in different mediums, and her paintings are magnificent. “
The Boyles agree that visitors to this year’s event – the organization’s 41st – can expect to see a wide variety of wood creations, but they both share a single focus.
âWe hope to get people interested in the art of sculpture and join us,â says Pennie Boyle.
Scott Boyle says his most popular woodcarving subjects come from having “cowboy sketches from various people.” What is a draft? Well, it’s kind of like a rough draft of a sculpture. There are no details, but you have a form. So the first thing you do is examine the wood as well as the impression given to you of what the finished sculpture will look like to create the sculpture. The print shows you all sides of what it should look like when you’re done (sort of). You can put your touch in the sculpture – it’s yours. (Courtesy photo)
âI have a hard time sculpting a style,â says Pennie Boyle, a member of the Woodcarvers of Northwest Arkansas. âI work on relief sculptures, funny caricatures and woodcuts. I have an idea and I create my pattern, then I decide what style it would work best in. I usually have a few research images that I use to help me with the proportions and layout. (Courtesy photo)
Scott Boyle also started turning on wood and says he’s taking a class with the Stateline Woodturners on designing and turning his first segmented wood bowl. (Courtesy photo)
Scott Boyle calls this “Lawman Jack”. âI had a snowman, but I changed it to ‘Lawman Jack’,â he says. âHe was a cute little character. Someone loved it so much that they bought it. I also had a little thief cowboy that I changed to “Covid-Kid”. He’s definitely a character. Â»(Courtesy photo)
Pennie Boyle also created seasonal sculptures like these. (Courtesy photo)
Scott Boyle also spins bottle caps like this. (Courtesy photo)
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The woodcarvers of NWA
Annual exhibition and sale
WHEN – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7
O – Frisco Station Mall in Rogers (use the entrance near the Hobby Lobby)
COT – Admission is free; art will be for sale
INFO – Email Scott Boyle at [emailÂ protected]
FYI – Special guests include Judge Danny Rebb of Texas and Bigfoot Carving Tools vendors, Roger Stegall, Loess Hill Sawmill, and Working the Grain.