Calvin Lyster has worked as a potter and woodcarver in his mountain studio just outside of Yosemite National Park since 1971.
Calvin gathers uniquely shaped and seasoned woods, Incense Cedar and Manzanita, knots, pitch, and roots, from the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounding his home.
With a master's touch, Calvin transforms these gifts of nature into pieces of art that reflect both great respect for
native people, and the forest he calls home.
His works often bear an unmistakable resemblance to the artist
himself. His carvings include sensitive and elegant folk art figures, bears, wizards, knot men, and “Old World Santas”. Calvin also creates carved manzanita lamps with hand made paper shades by Idaho paper artist Steven
Calvin's works have been purchased by fine art collectors throughout the world. His carvings have been shown extensively throughout California and New Mexico. The Dr. Irving Lipton Collection, one of the world’s largest wood art collections, includes six of Calvin's carvings.