OH Boyd, Woodcarver
This 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.
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.
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.
Best known for the “Longitude”sculpture of John Harrison now in the collection of Felix Dennis, poet, publisher and patron of the arts who sadly died last year 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.
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.
After some years of illness he is now back at work having completed the Glanford Angel
centrepiece for the former Angel Hotel in Brigg, commissioned by the North Lincolnshire Council.
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; whilst not being able to do the heavy carving work he was able to work on his portraits and a major exhibition of those is planned soon.