Sulton Rogers was born near Oxford, Mississippi in 1922, and learned carpentry skills at an early age with the help of his father. He started carving small animals as a child, and attended school for "a few years." In 1941 he married, went on to have ten children, and then left the family. He traveled a lot and then settled in Syracuse, New York where he worked for Allied Chemical. He took up carving again when he needed something to keep him awake during the night shifts at the chemical plant. He retired in 1984. He has now moved back to the Oxford area. Roger fashions snakes, vampires, "haints," bodies in coffins, twisted-looking faces, and some religious matter.