Early Master Carvers – Jesse Blackstone II
November 30, 2011 by Geoff Davis
It didn’t take long to get the story on Jesse Blackstone. A quick Google search pulled up an article from the Decoy Magazine website
A New Hampshire Miniaturist in the New England Style
by Jim Cullen
New England is a region noted for carvers of miniature wildfowl and songbirds. A.E. Crowell, Joe Lincoln, A.J. King, Russ Burr, Wendell Gilley, Harold Gibbs, R.D. Laurie, Dr. Lewis Webb Hill and Jess Blackstone are among the most prominent. But it’s just in recent years that collectors have grown to appreciate the work of Blackstone, and little information has disseminated concerning the nature and extent of his work. A review of Blackstone’s records at the New Hampshire Historical Society and interviews with knowledgeable sources has provided a glimpse.
Jess Blackstone was born in Melrose, Massachusetts in 1909, living with or near his parents for the first 20 years of his life. After marriage, he and his wife moved to New Hampshire in 1940.
Blackstone was an excellent ornithologist, and in order that his carving be as lifelike as possible he always collected study birds. So if a bird hit a neighbor’s window, meeting its demise, it found a home in Blackstone’s studio. He also kept a bird watchers life list that dated to the 1920s.
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