|The Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association||
The nation's woodcarving community lost a great friend in late 2017. Tom Hamilton died October 24, at age 84, leaving behind three children, eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of fellow-carvers across the nation.
A decorated veteran member of the United States Navy and former Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Trooper, Tom spent many years learning not only to carve but excelling, and bringing his skills to the "fine art" level. He and daughter, Lori, spent many years honing their skills at seminars and workshops across the nation.
His Native American Realistic Category entry was voted as the People's Choice Winner at the 39th Annual Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarver's Show in Tulsa, OK.
Thank you, Tom Hamilton for your service to our nation, state, and to the woodcarving community across America.
You will be missed, but not forgotten!
BOOM! FIVE CARVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 20 SHOW UP FOR THE THURSDAY NIGHT CARVE-IN!
Jeff Portman (right) decided that he and son, Daniel, age 11, needed a summer activity, so they showed up at the free EOWA weekly carve-in near downtown Tulsa. The next week, they brought two of Daniel's 11-y ear-old buddies with them.
Ross (center) and Sam(right) quickly understood the need to focus on the task at hand. Here, they are working on roughing out the shape of an antique shoe. At left is award-winning carver, Bill Payne, is ready to give these budding carvers whatever help they need to complete their project.
Mike Stephenson (left) another EOWA award-winning carver enjoys instructing Daniel (right) and the other young carvers coming to the weekly carving event.
Bill Payne's prowess as a wood-carver is legendary. When it comes to tackling woods known as difficult to carve, Bill is fearless.
His interest in wood carving evolved when, as a Cub Scout leader in 1975, he taught and supervised Webelos on how to carve neck scarf holders to earn merit badges.
All these years later, this award-winning woodcarver is still at it, constantly perfecting his artistic skills. Bill's favorite carving categories are fish and animals. Put a stick of wood in front of this retired American Airlines power plant engineer, and in very short order, he will produce a fine carving from any type of wood.
Bill Hulsey, right, is not just a gifted woodcarver, but a great encourager and mentor to young carvers.
Hulsey possesses an amazing sense of perspective, and can sketch, then carve virtually anything he sets his mind to. And the mind of this retired Broken Arrow, OK firefighter is certainly active, as evidenced by his prodigious production of fine human faces, animals and other subject matter.
VIRGIL SMYTH NAMED 2017 WOODCARVER OF THE YEAR!
Veteran woodcarver & wood turner, Virgil Smith has added yet another achievement to his storied career after being named Carver of the Year for the fourth time. When he was seven, someone gave him an old, broken Barlow pocket knife. Virgil sharpened it on a piece of concrete. Since that time 54 years ago, he has been making piles of curly wood chips. Virgil carves any kind of wood, and creates everything from sophisticated museum-level pieces to simple creations like the small turtle below. He is a retired Citgo computer systems engineer.
Betty Zumwalt is an accomplished wood turner. But she isn't satisfied with just a bowl; they become her "canvas" for carving some of the most amazing wood art creations. Her unique hand/eye coordination in combination with her ability to use carving tools as a "brush" are reasons why she is an award-winning artist. And if that wasn't enough, she carves with uncommon confidence and speed as well. Way to go, Betty!
Elijah Scharpf, 19, who joined the club five years ago, has been to almost every carve-in since. He's part of the younger generation of carvers now involved. You go, Elijah!
Something happens when you begin to shape wood with a sharp knife! Discover the magic of woodcarving!