The Buck Dancer – Wooden Sculpture by Rodger Jacobs

Rodger Jacobs


This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.

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This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.  This exceptional selection of wooden sculpture has been curated by John Hill, the exhibition coordinator of the American Association of Woodturners.

  •  Maple; carved
  • 17″ x 21″
  • This piece will be shipped after the close of the show on September 22, 2019
  • Shipping cost TBD
  • Made in 2019

Rodger is a renowned North Carolina Woodturner. He was born in Durham, NC in 1946.  Rodger left NC and went to see the world shortly after graduating high school in 1965. It was while traveling that Jacobs discovered he felt most at home in art rooms or wood shops, creating. After being injured in a combat tour of Vietnam, Jacobs left the country to figure out what life was all about. Rodger’s technique is derived from timeless uses of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native American vessel makers.

“In 2002 I found myself having to deal with my combat experience in Vietnam. PTSD was intruding into my life and I could not shake it. I went to the VA and found help in the form of medication and therapy. I then found the Red Road, a traditional Lakota spiritual path, that helped complete my person and then started to heal from war. At this time I started to work on my Vietnam memoir. Based on the 146 letters and photos I sent home to my parents, my memoir Stained with the Mud of Khe Sanh: A Marine’s Letters from Vietnam 1966-1967 was published in 2012. Creating the manuscript from my letters and photos helped me lay to rest some of the war demons that had invaded my soul. I found out one thing about myself at this time. I am and will always be a warrior.”

He believes in only using wood that is found locally and enjoys trekking through the Woods looking for distressed, burled, spalted or other specimen trees. Rodger uses chain saws, log chains, peaveys, hand chisels and other carving tools to achieve the look of his work. Rodger feels he has reached his artistic goal when his work breathes by itself, when it radiates that certain aura that cannot be improved upon.

Jacobs is a member of National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago IL, Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, NC, American Association of Woodturners, Shore View, MN, Expressions Guild Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. He has taught woodturning workshops at Arrowmount School in Gatlinburg, TN  and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, has his work in many private collections and has demonstrated and taught workshops in seven states.