What can one say about D Boyd. Well, to begin with, he is the Class Coordinator and not only does this job incredibly well but is ready to help anyone, any time, any place. All of us rely on his extensive knowledge and generous spirit. He spends an incredible amount of his own time cutting carving blanks for club members' use and in researching new projects for everyone in the club. He can usually be found wherever a few carvers are gathered together. An expert carver, he began carving back in the 80's. D can, and does, carve anything but is most partial to his stunning hummingbird and commemorative ribbon pins.
Tom is a past president of NAWA and he and his wife Sandy, who served as our Show Chairman for many years, are long-time members and indispensable to the running of NAWA. Tom is a retired Navy pilot, has traveled extensively and lived in Frankfurt, Germany for 10 years. Unlike some of our other instructors, he didn't begin by doing other forms of woodworking. His introduction to carving came through his wife. Sandy began carving a few years before Tom but during her Mother's illness, it wasn't possible for both of them to attend meeting and classes so Tom volunteered to let his wife go while he stayed home as a caregiver. After that, he couldn't resist joining the fun. When he started attending meetings and voicing his opinions, however, Sandy told him if he wanted to "talk", he had to pay dues. That was several years ago and, luckily for us, he paid his dues and has kept on paying them ever since, becoming an extremely active member and carver. While Tom truly carves everything, he says his favorite technique is relief carving and making jewelry. He discovered wood burning a few years ago, which he also enjoys and in fact, has won more than one award in that category. Tom also is a wood turner and especially likes turning pens. One example of his talent is his incredibly beautiful pens made with leftover chittamwood gathered for the club's walking stick project. He and Sandy open their home in Gurley almost every Saturday for an Open Carving Session. They only ask that you call first to make sure they are in town and that their many other commitments allow them to carve that week.
Jerry began carving in 2005 after attending NAWA's annual show. He believed that carving would be a great skill to develop for his retirement years. In the meantime, he joined NAWA, became a student in the 2006 Wood Carving Program and has been carving ever since. His favorite style of carving is deep relief carving. Jerry prefers relief carvings from the sunken, through low and deep to pierced relief presentations. He has found that relief carvings incorporate just about all the skills and techniques of the other styles and only requires attention to the carving details on one side! He suggests that relief-carving subjects can be similar to family photographs and that relief subjects can recall fond memories or stories. Jerry and his wife travel a lot and he usually finds his carving subjects out West or in rural settings. He has been working in wood since he was a kid cutting and nailing sailboats together. During his junior. college years, he tried his hand at actual boat building in finished-carpentry using teak on a 105-footer christened the Lazy K. After that experience, a career in the Navy and then a long duration in college, he has been involved with construction and renovation management for the Army around the world and has tried his hand at furniture building as an amateur on many occasions. Jerry and his wife, Kathy, came to Huntsville from Anniston, Alabama in 2001 because of a job reassignment. He is now partially retired professionally and so can afford to devote more time to wood carving, unless Kathy's "Honey-Do's" become "Must-Dos".
Jim started carving in 1989 when he lived in Minnesota. At that time he did mainly caricatures. After moving to Huntsville, with his wife Ellie, who served as our secretary in the past, he joined NAWA, took a class in chip carving and as they say, the rest is history. Jim has done the most incredibly beautiful chip-carving on everything from boxes to plates, to eggs to ornaments, and everything in between. His precision and attention to detail are awe-inspiring and have earned him numerous awards for his work. You can see some of his creations in any of the Show Winner slide shows. In Jim's Chip Carving classes, he introduced many carvers to this rewarding method of woodcarving and and gave them the skills and knowledge to go on to possibly emulate his beautiful work.
Larry is retired from the Postal Service and is a long-time member of NAWA. He has been carving since 1987. His favorite subjects to carve are animals, especially horses, and his carvings of them are unbelievably beautiful. He also carves dogs so realistic that you want to reach out and pet them. In addition, he is also known for his lovely human bust carvings and has won numerous prizes and Purchase Awards as well as the People's Choice award. He constantly takes top prizes in our annual shows. Go to any of the Show Winners slide shows to see examples of his stunning work. The amount of detail Larry includes in all of his carvings is just incredible.
Dan has been a member of NAWA and a carver since 1999. He is a very active member, served as president of the club for 3 terms in the past and now is invaluable in his role as Publicity Chairman, promoting and assisting with the annual shows and other activities. Dan has been teaching basic carving skills for several years. His favorite carving technique is caricatures, both human and animal - in the round. Students are indeed fortunate to have Dan as a mentor and will enjoy his creative class projects.
Phil is an incredibly talented individual. In addition to his carving and wood burning, he does beautiful, intricate ship models and is also president of the Living Art Bonsai Society where his living creations are truly works of art. You can check them out at livingartbonsaisociety.org.
He has repeatedly won the Carver's and the People's Choice awards, actually winning both awards at the 2013 show, the only exhibitor ever to win both of these honors at the same show and again won People's Choice at the 2014, 2016, and 2017 shows. He tells us that he has only been carving a few years though that is almost unbelievable seeing his work. He has tried many types of carving, including amazing animals, relief carving, and fabulous caricatures. He also does beautiful wood burning but his true love is carving cottonwood bark. The minuscule details he includes in his bark carvings delight all who see them and he keeps pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible. You can check out his creations by viewing any of the Show Winner slide slows. Phil has won numerous awards for his work and we are indeed fortunate that he is sharing his techniques with us both in the Beginner classes and in Advanced classes that he has offered in the past. Phil is serving as President AND Show Chair for the 2018 year.
Phil is a charter member of NAWA which means that he has been carving just about forever and can carve anything you can imagine. He was a member of the group that carved the magnificent eagle that can be found in the lobby of the Guntersville State Park Lodge. He is absolutely famous (or infamous) for his creative and humorous combo carvings such as the "Hummule", a hummingbird when viewed from one angle and a mule from another. He was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division and has many heart-warming and entertaining stories about those years. Phil is a warm and generous person and you can always count on him to offer a helping hand in any undertaking. Students (and, in fact, all of us) are very fortunate to have his expertise and experience to draw upon.
Please welcome our newest instructor, Juergen Haukohl. A retired engineer, he is originally from Germany, and came here in 1950 when his father was brought to Huntsville by Wernher Von Braun to work on the Redstone rocket program. Though he has been carving less than 3 years, the mastery he has accomplished is amazing. He professes to enjoying all types of carving but his bird carvings, for example, are simply beautiful. For this class rotation, he will be teaching his wonderful Scottie Dog, a version of which won 1st prize in this year's Show and Competition. Below is a picture of the class project for the 2018 rotation. Juergen says students should feel free to make their own alterations to his prototype.
Take a look at these gentlemen, all talented and experienced wood carvers, who generously donate their time to serve as mentors and guides for both beginning woodcarvers and experienced members. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these dedicated guys who are willing to volunteer for this role year after year.
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