Master Wood Carver Leads Group in Alamo
ALAMO – A man in Alamo is considered a master wood carver since he can turn a solid piece of wood into a piece of art.
Jim Summers and a group of people usually sit in silence as they work on their projects, carefully crafting figures from wood.
“They all are experienced. We don’t really have any new beginners anymore. They all seem to do pretty well without me,” Summers, the master carver, said.
He provides them with what they call a “go-by.”
“This is what the lion would start out like. The blank is just a sawed out piece and then when we carve it down a little bit, they can use it to go-by to carve on their own,” he explained.
Pat Summers, his wife, said her husband carves every day. “I do the painting so that he has time to carve more. He can paint but he doesn’t like it,” she said.
“Sometimes I would get 20 carvings behind that weren’t painted because I didn’t like to paint,” her husband said.
Summers said if she does the painting then it gives her husband more of a chance to carve more.
“I do sell my products,” Jim Summers said. “I am a master carver at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Pat and I both work there. I carve and she paints.”
During the winter months, though, Trophy Gardens in Alamo is their winter home.
They’ve been commissioned for several Valley projects and their work is impressive. All of them are completed using a single block of wood. Their workmanship is tremendous.
Summers started carving when his father retired and needed something to do.
“So I took my father down to the wood carving classes for the next six weeks, and of course, while I’m down there with him, nothing to do but me carve with him. And I got hooked on it,” he said.
Summers has been carving for 30 years. “And I’ve never gotten tired of it. It’s a wonderful, wonderful hobby,” he said.
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