Welcome to J. VanDyke Wood Sculpture

Artistry in Wood


I have enjoyed making wood carvings since the 1970's.   My professional background is in education and art but a love of wood and sculpture has always been at the center of everything I do.


Long before I had any proffessional training my father shared a new set of chisels with me. I was fascinated by them. I began with a few functional items(scoops, doorknockers) and was hooked!  In addition to including it in my curriculum as an art teacher in four school districts and two art centers, I have made hundreds of carvings for private collectors, art competitions, churches, and munincipalities.  

My Goal

In a word, I try to bring 'life' to whatever I create.  Realism and detail  can be achieved much more easily that the elusive force of grace and life that makes a work of art timeless. Of course, I don't always achieve it, but this is what I strive for.


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JVanDyke Wood Sculpture

2236 N Fifth St., Niles, MI 49120, us

(269) 683-1218 or 574-323-3039


Monday - Friday :

By Appointment Only