Work progressing well on life-size woodcarving tribute to English Archers of Azincourt (Agincourt)
OH Boyd is carving a trio of English Archers that will reflect the companionship of archers following the massive celebrations of last year’s 600th anniversary.
The finished sculpture will feature three archers, hewn from yew, at full draw and ready to loose their arrows. Working from his studio in Barton-upon-Humber, OH Boyd is working with the French Authorities and local dignitaries to organise a permanent bronze cast placed in their forthcoming Museum.
Surprisingly, the French are very keen to commemorate this battle and to give the very rural surroundings something more than just a ploughed field; and are working towards building a small museum on the site. This will in turn bring visitors and tourists to the area, from both France and England. In this spirit, the famous woodcarver is aiming to create a fitting sculpture on the site of England’s famous victory against the French in 1415.
OH Boyd told us: “The French lost up to 20,000 of the cream of their aristocracy and we only lost 112 men – although 4,000 died of dysentery and starvation on the way. The archers went there to die; but they weren’t going to sell their life cheaply.”
The Yorkshire Post carried an article about it on 27 April 2016:
HISTORY credits England’s longbowmen with pulling off one of the country’s most stunning military victories ever.
When he rallied his troops at Agincourt, Shakespeare’s Henry V famously referred to “we happy few, we band of brothers.”
You can read the full article here and you can see the current pictures of how the final sculpture is progressing on the website page here.