Missouri native, James Barr, found his passion for carving in the 80s. James specializes in large figures that are hand carved using just a mallet and chisels. For several years Barr has served as a guest woodcarver and has become well known for his huge Santa and hillbilly carvings.
With 40 years of carving experience behind him, James now serves as a Senior Craftsman. He says his favorite thing about woodcarving is, “the freedom to create whatever I want. The log itself inspires my creations and I never know what I’m making until I start.”
In his spare time, James enjoys teaching his art of woodcarving to others across the Midwest. Stop by the Valley Woodcarvers shop and snap a photo with his larger-than-life Santa figure, pick up a one-of-a-kind treasure and meet the craftsman himself, James Barr.