Howard OH Boyd, WoodcarverThis artist loves to work in Wood, above life-size, his work is characterised by a high standard of research, detail and realism and can take years to do.

He is currently working on the archers' tribute for Azincourt designed for the Musee de Azincourt to celebrate the 600 year anniversary of this fundamental mediaeval battle; a keen Longbowman himself, this work was inspired by shooting on the field of Azincourt with his retinue in the year of 2015 and the resultant camaraderie with the French.

The Azincourt Archers 600year Anniversary Tribute rationale and progress are shown below.

His most important commission was carving the Imperial Crown for the top of the new Diamond Jubilee State Coach in English heart of oak timber specially donated from HMS Victory by the Admiralty.

 

OH Boyd, woodcarver. Finished work on the Royal Crown
OH Boyd, woodcarver. Finished work on the Royal Crown

This coach was presented to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 to mark her Diamond Jubilee and was first adopted into the fleet in 2014. Its first outing was to the State opening of Parliament and OH Boyd was at the palace for this occasion followed by a reception in the Royal Mews.

Well known for the “Longitude”sculpture of John Harrison now in the collection of Felix Dennis, poet, publisher, patron of the and planter of trees who sadly died in 2014 and is much missed. The research for this project was intensive leading to OH Boyd being elected a Freeman of the worshipful company of clockmakers, by redemption, for his Harrison scholarship.

Felix Dennis Memorial
Felix Dennis Memorial

Other works for Felix include an above life-size interacting pair of figures of Robert Louis Stevenson and his alter ego, Long John Silver and two 7ft 6ins high prancing horses.

Locally, he was proud to have been asked to carve the Glanford Angel, centrepiece of the Angel Hotel in Brigg, headquarters of the North Lincolnshire Council and commissioned by them.