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I’ve been commissioned to draw and to design and create, but this is the first custom pull-toy. The client sent photos of a worn, primitive stuffed animal and wanted my interpretation. Without the photo I’d have never taken this direction. I’m glad that I did!

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Pull-Toy No. 8 – The Elephant

12″l x 8″w x 10″t

White Pine, Leather, Glass, Pewter, Steel, Copper, Horsehair

(Custom pieces cost no more than existing pieces. The process begins with a short exchange of emails. I then produce drawings for the client’s approval. Changes are made. With a deposit of 50% I begin work. I send photos documenting progress. The piece is completed within three weeks and shipped with payment of the balance. Please email me at 50littlebirds@gmail.com if you are interested in a custom piece.)

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 7 – The Holstein

15 1/4″l x 5 1/4″w x 11 1/2″t

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Glass, Leather, Pewter, Bone, Cotton

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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″

Available Here.

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 4 – The Hippopotamus

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Pewter, Leather, Glass, Copper and Bone

8″l x 4″w x 6 1/2″t

Available Here

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – The Zebra

White Pine, Glass, Horse Hair, Leather, Steel, Linen and Pewter

7 1/2″l x 5 1/4″w x 10″t

Available Here

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Great Blue Whale

_mg_0092This big boy was carved for Blue Indy, the upcoming first Friday show at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

_mg_0089I 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.

Blue Whale

White Pine, Tinplate, Glass, Steel and Paper

32″l x 13″w x 17″t

Available Here.

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_mg_0127In 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.).img_1850

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.

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 1 – Elephant

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe

On Bench

The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra

The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus

 

 

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