The Pull-Toy Series
No. 5 – The Giraffe
White Pine, Found Oak, Steel, Pewter, Glass, Horse Hair, Leather. Linen
34″t x 8 1/2″w x 16 1/4″
This big boy was carved for Blue Indy, the upcoming first Friday show at the Harrison Center for the Arts.
I wanted to produce a piece in a larger scale than usual. Creating a large blue whale seemed
to be the perfect project. Not only was I challenged by the size, the whale provided a great canvas for exploring layers of color and texture.
White Pine, Tinplate, Glass, Steel and Paper
32″l x 13″w x 17″t
In high school I purchased a set of metal spoked wheels to put on Noah’s Ark that I had carved. Over the years the unfinished ark disappeared and the wheels ended up hanging from a piece of string over my bench.
I’ve often looked at these wheels and thought about building a pull toy. I was too busy. There were birds to carve and the house always needed work.
About a month ago I began to draw elephants. I scribbled elephants on the borders of meeting minutes and on restaurant placemats. I found some time to work in the shop and remembered those wheels (in the meantime another pair had appeared on the same string.).
Long story short…I’m carving pull toys. I’ve begun to sketch a series — a long series.
These are fun and take my work in a new direction. I love to carve birds, but I am getting great satisfaction drawing all of the animals that fascinated me as a child.
The Pull-Toy Series No. 1 – Elephant
The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe
The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra
The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus
I’ve been stocking The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, Michigan with a very complete representation of my work. I’ve been sending off groups of pieces as they are finished. The gallery is as enthusiastic as I am about including 50 Little Birds.
The pieces in the photo on the left have arrived at the gallery and are available for purchase.