Made in the USA By Hand! Peter Engler was a famous woodcarver who began selling his wares in 1962 at Branson's Silver Dollar City theme park. He believed that everyone should learn some type of craft and he strived to keep the art of woodcarving alive through generations. Mr. Engler made a huge impact on the Ozarks as the founder of the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival and the Ozark Mountain Christmas, both at Silver Dollar City. Peter passed away in 2012, but his legacy remains.
Mary Bowman, Peter's friend and business partner, is now the sole owner of Peter Engler Woodcarving and Design Shop. She is keeping his dream alive by selling everything you might need to begin the art of woodcarving, i.e. wood, wood carving tools, books, etc.
Local Potter, Tracy Adams, owner of Potternot Pottery, can also be found several days per week in the back of the store on her potter's wheel. She began her artistic career at Silver Dollar City. She now has a huge following and I can see why. She makes everything from baking dishes to candle holders. Stop by and meet her. She gives live demonstrations on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.
This store is full of life. It's Americana at it's finest. Stop by and meet this talented group of local artisans. You'll be glad you did.
"it's the journey that's most important." - Peter Engler
Peter Engler Designs is considered to be the center of woodcarving in the United States. Peter has had a shop in Branson, MO since 1962, representing over 200 artists.