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Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Carved geese
Scene with a dozen carved geese
Fred Bowerman carving
Carved "fidget stick"
by Fred Bowerman
Fraternal carving
Fraternal carved, painted
whisk broom holder
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two 20th c. carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso
depicting life and history in coal country
Carved stone dophin by Stanley Greer
Carved stone dophin by Stanley Greer
Carved stone goat
Carved stone goat
Adam and Eve carving
19th c. Adam and Eve carving over 3 feet high
Fish decoy
Carved fish decoy
Carved bear
"The Grisly Bear" by Art Gallant
Found object man with boat
Carved and found object man with boat
Carved band by Mattingly
One of two carved bands by "Hog" Mattingly
Carved band
Another carved band by "Hog" Mattingly
Large carving by Hog MattinglyCarving
Two large carvings by "Hog" Mattingly
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
Folky model train
Folky carved three car model train, 3 feet long
Man on horse carving
Carved man on horse from MN
Carved man
Carved man
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard

Carved assemblage of a man driving a lumber sled with four horses. Part of a large group from the Northeast, c. 1910
Stone carving
Stone carving
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Carved farm sceneThis is a folky carved farming scene. It includes two horses attached to a doubletree rig, pulling what seems to be a primitive wheeled cutter on which a man is standing and working the team. The horses have hames and harnesses and the driver is holding thin twine for reins. The man's face is partially carved with painted features. The scene is mounted on a 5/8" plywood base. It is 13" long by 11 1/4" wide by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition. Some of the twine has been replaced. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TKTR.   See a slideshow of several views [773k] ... Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the farmer ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

Carved geeseThis is a wonderful assemblage of a dozen carved geese. Each one is carved in a different position, and they are very lifelike and active with multicolored paint and an excellent surface. One has just taken flight and is mounted on a wire above the others with outspread wings. There are two trees made from branched twigs. They are mounted on a wooden base that is painted deep maroon with sawtoothed black designs. Each piece is mounted with heavy wire that goes through the base. From the first half of the 20th century, it is 17 1/2" by 5 1/4" by about 6 1/4" high. The condition is excellent - one wing tip may be missing, it's hard to tell, and one is cracked and reglued. The price is $895.00. Inventory Code: CWAW.   Assemblage of carved geese ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Third from above ... Fourth view from above ... One end ... The other end ... Two views from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Assemblage of carved geese ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Third from above ... Fourth view from above ... One end ... The other end ... Two views from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

Carved bearThis is a painted wooden bear by New Brunswick folk carver Art Gallant. It is standing, mounted on the original wood base. The base is labeled with rubber stamps: "The Grisly Bear", and "The Home of Wood Carving, Hand Carved By Art Gallant, Dieppe, N.B. Canada". It stands 8" tall by 6" long by 3 1/2" wide. It is in very good condition - the bear has pulled slightly loose from the base. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TSHH.   Image ... Closeup ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view ... Closeup of base ... Another overall ... From above ... From below.

Found object man with boatThis is a funky sculptural assemblage of a man wearing a boat. The head and arm are carved. His arm is hinged at the shoulder and can be moved. After the photos were taken we also noticed that the feet can swivel. The boat is metal, his hat is a rubber or plastic cap, the stripes on his pants and ring around his eye are strips of rubber, and there is a strategically placed key. There is a wire hanger on the back; it can be hung or stand on its own. It is signed in pencil "Wm Skrips 11/05 The Boat Costume". It is 20" high by 21 1/2" wide by about 4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CHHT.   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky model trainFolky model trainThis is a folky hand made model train. It is made from wood, painted green and gold, with wire and a metal bell. The three cars can be separated and lifted off the wooden track. As assembled it is just over 36" long by 5" wide by 7" high. It was likely made in the middle 20th c. The condition is very good, missing one of the applied lamps on the top back corner. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHWS.   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Man on horse carvingHere is a carving of a bearded man riding a horse. It is carved from several pieces of wood which were pieced together into a larger block before carving. The grass, his clothes, and the horse's hooves are painted. His hands and face, and the horse are the natural color of the wood, with a coat of clear varnish. The mane and tail of the horse have burned-in detail. There is felt glued to the bottom. The carving is 12 1/2" long by 9 1/2" high by 3 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition, came from Minnesota, and was made in the second half of the 20th century. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: TSSA.   Carving of man on horse ... Another view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from front ... A different angle ... From partly behind ... Front ... Back ... Another view from behind, showing piecing of wood ... From above ... Bottom.

Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere are two folk art assemblages by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns with a real sense of history. You can read about Popso and his art here.

This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town of Eckley, PA. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   See a slideshow of several views [929k] ... Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

Club house model by Jim PopsoThis carved assemblage by Jim Popso depicts the Eckley, PA Social Club. There are two men sitting out front, one reading, the other holding a case of beer. The door opens to reveal two more men sitting across from each other, with a large stove between them. Written inside the door is "Pres. Big Mike, Treas. Ohio Joe, Trusty Happy Louie, Guard Slappy Willy, Door Man Ikie, Dues 50¢ a Month, No Ladys". The back has painted flowers and shrubbery. The size is 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4". It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CAKR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved stone dophin by Stanley GreerThis is a stone carving of a dolphin riding a wave. It was made by Stanley Greer, who studied under Popeye Reed, and is signed and dated on the bottom "S Greer 05". It measures about 8 1/2" long by 5 3/4" high by 2 1/2" wide and is in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHRT.   Carved stone dophin by Stanley Greer ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved stone dophin by Stanley Greer ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved stone goatThis is a goat carved from a dense, heavy stone, either granite or marble. It measures 10 1/2" long by 6 1/2" high by 2 1/4" wide. The condition is very good, possibly missing a small chip off the end of the tail. There is no signature, and the age is unknown. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHRC.   Carved stone goat ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... The other side, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved stone goat ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... The other side, with a soda can for scale.

Adam and Eve carvingThis is a large, exceptional old wood carving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden together with the Snake and Apple Tree. It is done in great detail in full, deep relief around the entire hard pine log. It has a wonderful old surface and patina. In a very unusual manner, this is actually two full scenes carved on opposite sides. One depicts Eve reaching for the apple with the serpent overhead, while the other shows the Angel ordering them away. Before, Adam and Eve are naked, after they are wearing fig leaves. Inscribed on the base of the "after" side is the word "Banishment". This carving is most likely from the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with very slight bark loss on the base. The piece is about 38" high by 12" by 12". The price is $4500.00. Inventory Code: CCPA.   See a slideshow of several views [798 k] ... Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved band by MattinglyHere are four carved musicians by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly. They are coated with gesso, painted, and decorated, with beads for eyes. The women have hair made from polyurethane spray foam insulation, ribbons, fabric skirts, and plastic necklaces. The men's hair is made from glued sawdust, and they have painted clothes with felt hats and braid belts. Each is mounted on a round wood base 11" in diameter; they are unsigned. They range in size from 28 1/2" to 32" tall. They are in good condition with slight cracking and minor surface loss as seen in the photos. They woman in the floral skirt is missing one hand. Mattingly was from Kentucky, and carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. We have more carvings by him below. The price is $550.00 for the group. Inventory Code: CTTO.   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved bandThis is a group of four carved musicians playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. The men have painted clothes, cloth bandannas, felt hats, and hair made from glued on sawdust. The women have cloth skirts, ribbons, plastic necklaces, and hair made from painted polyurethane spray foam insulation. This assemblage was made by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly of Kentucky, who carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. The base is signed "Hog's Hobbies L Mattingly". It measures 21 1/2" high by 33 1/2" wide by 7" deep, in very good condition. There is some slight cracking around the shoulder of the bass player, visible in the third closeup photo. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCAO.   See a slideshow of several views [855k] ... Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Large carving by Hog MattinglyThis is a tall and thin carved man by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). Like many of his people, it was made from a root or forked branch, with the head, arms, hands, and feet carved separately then attached. The eyes are beads and the hair is foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. There is some cracking and loss to the gesso surface, and the base and walking stick have been replaced. It is 42" high by about 9 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly above. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTTR.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is a man carved from a forked branch by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). He has a cedar walking stick, and is mounted on a slab of log. The hands and feet were carved separately then attached. The eyes and buttons are beads and the hair and beard are foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. The condition is very good with some minor cracking and loss to the gesso surface. It is 27" high by about 10 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly above. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTTK.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

This is an exceptional relief carved and painted whisk broom holder covered with fraternal symbols. It includes the three rings and axe of Odd Fellows, the sword and moon of the Shriners, and the star of Rebecca. In addition, it has a face carved in a center panel and the words "MELHA" and "In Hoc Signo Vinces". The size is 14" high, about 10" wide, and 5" deep. It is made out of pine, and was probably done around the early part of the 1900's. The condition is very good, with one tiny chip, very slight paint loss, and a tight age crack on the front. The carving is even more detailed than the photos show. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: AWCR.   Overall Image ... Close-up of the top ... Lower front, from below ... Looking through from the top down ... Back.

Carved manThis is a primitively carved man with jointed arms and legs, and feet that even swivel from side to side. He has the faint remains of blue paint for pants. The rest of the piece has an unfinished, oxidized surface. He is 7 1/2" high by 2" wide by 1 1/4" deep, from the early 1900's, and found in the Midwest. There is an old repair on one arm, otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $210.00. Inventory Code: AAPO.   Image ... Another angle.

Carved lizardThis carved lizard is a purplish red, with black details, and a bluish red throat sac. It is mounted on a board cut in a freeform shape. The size is 10" long by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" high, including the base. One foot is cracked, with a toe missing, otherwise excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PCOC.   Overall Image ... Another overall view ... Side ... Top.

Fish decoyHere is a very nice, used, fish decoy from the mid-20th c. or a bit earlier. It is wood, painted green and yellow with black details. It has metal fins and lead weights in the bottom, with a metal tail that is slightly crumpled. It is in good, used and weathered condition. The size is 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 1 1/4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOHS.   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a very detailed assemblage of four carved horses pulling a sled loaded with lumber. The carved driver has strong personality, and is wearing hand sewn clothing, a knit cap and socks, and leather boots. The horses have wool blankets and very detailed harnesses. It is part of an extraordinary collection of figures that made up a motorized logging camp scene. They came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine, and were probably made around 1910. The mechanism was removed at some time, and the individual figures were later mounted on contemporary wood bases. You can see more figures from the group here. While there is some wear, and loss to the leather of the harnesses, this is in generally very good condition. The figures themselves measure 28" long by 5 1/2" wide and 10" high. They are mounted on a two tiered base 33 3/8" long by 9 3/8" wide. The price is $1100.00. Inventory Code: ATTR.   Lumber sled with driver and horses ... From the front ... Another view ... Closeup ... Closeup of driver ... Second view of driver ... Third view of driver ... Closeup of horses ... Second closeup of horses ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... The rest of the logging carvings.

Stone carvingThis is an odd stone carving of a woman's head and torso. She has curly hair and is wearing a WWII uniform cap. The body has no arms or legs, and is shaped as if it may have been made as a doll mold, or a pattern for one. The surface is very smooth, and has been painted or varnished dark brown. The carving is 10 3/4" high by about 3 3/4" by 3 3/4" and heavy for its size. It is mounted on a metal display base that is 7" square. It looks like the head was cut or broken off and then re-attached with a cement-like material, and one side was filled with a lighter colored plaster before the piece was finished - a long time ago. There is minor surface wear as seen in the photos. It is from the mid-20th c. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHRP.   Stone carving ... Another view ... Three more angles ... Another view on the stand ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, off the stand ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... Another view ... Three more angles ... Another view on the stand ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, off the stand ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

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