One could not help taking a closer peek at woodworker, Sandra Chambers booth where 100-year-old wood was renewed into wall ornaments -- all by the hand of Chambers. And that is naming just one of the many versatile wood pieces Chambers had on display at the Rolla Farmers Market.
Woodcarving is one of the oldest types of art, an art-form that flourished in Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic architecture and was common in all cultures historically. Today one can view ancient Egyptian tombs that skillfully reflect the medium, and the use of wood continues to be relied on today.
Chambers who owns Ma and Pa Ozark Wood Works pours herself into creating impressive pieces of art, which she started making as an outlet for her emotions, and the fine detail in her work shows the raw feelings that Chambers casts into each piece of wood.
Anything that emerges in her mind, or any specific inquiries people make she crafts by hand and communicates the ideas and feelings through the material into the finished product, said Chambers.
At her booth, she was engraving and using subtle shading on a wood panel bringing a wolf to life that that looked as realistic as a wolf one would happen upon in nature.
Her skill for the craft was unmistakable, and the designs she burned into her variety of pieces were one-of-a-kind. No detail the same, and creations that one can only find at Ma and Pa Ozark Wood Works.
Another piece Chambers had on display was an embellished candle holder where the design of a wolf standing upon the edge of a mountain looking towards a full moon was burned delicately into cedar wood. The sweet woody aroma from the piece was pleasing to people, who were complimenting Chambers work.
Additionally, the cedar wood enhanced the smell of the candle placed in the holder, infusing an aroma of woodsy vanilla.
Chambers passion for her art is evident, and she finds working with wood calming, and the realism she brings to light left some wondering if she was using the new technology for engraving and burning wood-- a laser.
“Someone asked me if I used a laser on the wood, and I told them, ‘no I don’t,’” she said while smiling, representing the skill and authenticity she brings to her work.
Chambers takes requests and will continue to be at the farmers market with her booth in downtown Rolla.