Spotlight on a Craftsman – Walker Boyle

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A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 2000, Walker designs and creates pewter and metal figurines and ornaments in his home studio in Antrim, NH. He grew up in Rhode Island and studied painting and sculpture in art school. He liked working with bronze and other metals, and decided to become a mold maker. In 1998, he moved to New Hampshire to work with his brother in a casting company. Four years later, decided to pursue a career making fine craft and set up shop. “I have been coming to New Hampshire my whole life and really enjoy its natural beauty,” said Walker. “My inspiration comes through observation and love of nature, study of philosophy, reading, and creative imagination.” Walker works with a variety of metals, but has concentrated on pewter.

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Walker is the creator of the League’s 2017 Annual Ornament “Winter’s Waltz”, a pair of ice skates handcrafted in pewter. Inspired by memories of ice skating in winters past, Walker used the ancient lost wax method of casting combined with modern metal working techniques to create this one-of-a-kind ornament. “I enjoy creating and bringing my pewter pieces to life. Each piece seems to take on a certain vibration and personality, and that’s what makes it fun,” says Walker.

Walker Boyle also created the League’s 2011 Ornament, a pewter pinecone called Nature’s Adornment. You will find Walker’s work, including the 2017 Ornament, at League galleries statewide. Walker will also be at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in Booth #510.

For those who are unable to visit one of our galleries to purchase the 2017 Ornament, they are also available in the League webstore.