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Charles was born in 1940, grew up on
a farm in southwest Oklahoma, along the Red River and developed
a special interest in birds and nature in general. At sixteen his family moved to San
Diego California. Working in a cabinet shop while in high school,
he developed an admiration for woods and their luster and grain patterns. Charles had always had in mind a place of quieter
and simpler times, a land of natural beauty with seasonal changes, like the Ozarks. In 1975 he moved to Northwest
Arkansas fulfilling this dream. After reading an article about Granger McKoy and Gilbert Maggioni’s carvings
of delicate “wooden birds that fly”, Charles purchased a book by Bruce Burk, “Game Birds Carving”.
However he did not begin serious carving until 1998 after taking several general carving classes and specific instruction
from Janet Cordell. Charles enjoys all types of carving. You will find natural finished woods incorporated in many of his
pieces. His works include stylized birds and animals, as well as deep relief, highly detailed pieces. His special passion
is for detailed songbirds and birds of prey. Wooden birds that seem to fly. Look for sculptures of detailed birds in motion,
flying and surrounded with interesting habitats.
Charles work is in Peter Engler Design,
in the Village Shopping Center on 76 Blvd
in Branson, just across from the Grand Palace.