I tip my hat to my Pennsylvania German heritage as the inspiration for my bird carvings. As a traditional artist I am always searching for connections between my work and the traditions of those that went before me.
Last week at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, where I was selling my carvings, I was talking with Tom Duncan, the Harp Dude. He told me a fascinating story about his great-grandfather’s carvings. It seems that at age 100 his great-grandfather passed away leaving a large body of work in his shop. Shortly after he died his work was stolen and never recovered.
Within the last year, or two his work was recovered at an Illinois Antique shop. The collection was intact. The buyer has been in touch with Tom and his family and it seems that it is in good hands.
A great story…
A few days ago I was doing my usual Internet searches trying to unearth any Pennsylvania German or Hoosier polychome carvings. I hit the mother lode and discovered the work of Archie Zimmerman, Tom’s great-grandfather.
Read the story here and examine the work. I hope that you find it a beautiful and inspiring as I do. I hope to soon get a chance to see and handle Archie’s work. There is little doubt that elements of his work will be incorporated into mine.