Woody’s formal art experience began when he attended school in Odessa, and also attended Phoenix Junior College to pursue his interests in dimensional art. It is in the making of pipe bowls in animal shapes and hand-carved from catlinite (pipestone) that Woody’s art has evolved. His pipe stone carvings are made using traditional hand-building methods, hack saws, hand files, sand paper, and steel wool. During the past five years, he has created a variety of animals and designs.
His pipes vary in sizes, from small prayer pipes to larger ceremonial pipes. While using traditional building methods, his work reflects contemporary art media. Pipe stems are made from black walnut, ironwood, Osage orange, and finished with traditional beadwork, feathers, fetishes and leatherwork.