carving began during WWII, while training to become an Air Force Flight Instructor. It began with the carving of solid wood
airplanes. Ten years after graduating from Seminary, his wife gave him a set of good carving knives. The first thing he did
was cut his hand (scar still visible) but his interest continued in earnest.
he was basically self-taught. Since retiring he has studied with numerous carvers of national reputation. His interest in
carving ranges from hand carving with various knives to power carving with electric tools to chainsaw carving. The first major
project he did was hand carve a walnut Crèche Scene for his granddaughter. There probably is not another like it because she
could imagine various animals, etc., which could have been there, including a rooster. With
the above types of carving, his figures range from small items, such as gold ball figures, to items in midrange, such as birds,
Santa’s, faces, etc, to larger items such as tall Santa’s carved from Cypress Knees to birds and faces chain sawed
or power carved from logs.
During his years
working in DesMoines, IA., he entered numerous city-wide contests as
well as the Iowa State Fair competition. He regularly enters competitions in the Northwest Arkansas Woodcarvers Show and Competition.
He has been fortunate to win ribbons in all of these competitions. He is a member of the National Woodcarvers Association,
The Northwest Arkansas Woodcarvers Association and the Bella Vista Woodcarvers Association. He has taught some classes at
his home and in programs at his church. Carryl is a member of the Village Art Club in Bella
Vista, Arkansas and his work is regularly displayed at the Wishing
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