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Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Carved, articulated dancing man
Carved, articulated dancing man
Fraternal carving
Fraternal carved, painted
whisk broom holder
Carved bear
Carved bear by Art Gallant
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
Man on horse carving
Carved man on horse from MN
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso depicting life in coal country
Adam and Eve carving
19th c. Adam and Eve carving over 3 feet high
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Carving by Unto Jarvi
Carved man with dog
by KY artist Unto Jarvi
Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. carved cane with snake,
hearts, hand, secret compartment
Carved band by Mattingly
One of two carved bands by "Hog" Mattingly
Carved band
Another carved band by "Hog" Mattingly
Carved Man
19th century Carved man
Mardi gras
Mardi Gras musical
folk art
Carved toy
Carved bear and Indian toy
Carved man
Carved man
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
Carving of man and dog
Carving of man and dog

Carved assemblage of a man driving a lumber sled with four horses. Part of a large group from the Northeast, c. 1910
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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, articulated dancing manThis is a carved, articulated, dancing man, or jigger. He is brightly painted, with a mustache and lots of personality, mounted above a masonite platform. The platform sits on a wood and masonite base that is weighted with metal inside to support him. The man himself measures 7" high by 2 1/2" wide. The overall size including the base is 18 3/4" long by 8 3/4" high by 2 5/8" wide. He is in very good condition with some minor paint loss. The tips of the toes were broken off at some time. One side of the base was painted more recently than the rest of the piece. He appears to have been made in the 1940s or 50s. The price is $285.00. Inventory Code: TWRR.   See a slideshow of several views [336k] ... Carved, articulated dancing man ... Another view ... Three closeups ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeups from side ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action (3.1Mb).

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.

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. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is 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. 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.

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.

Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Flag raising carving by Unto JarviHere are two carved assemblages by Unto Jarvi. He was a Kentucky folk artist who was born in Finland and came to the U.S. as a child. After his retirement in 1971 he painted and carved his "Jarvi's Little People" to depict his history and way of life. His work was part of the exhibition "Kentucky Spirit: The Naive Tradition" at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in 1991. Jarvi died that same year.

This first scene is a group of three men raising the flag. An older white-haired man is holding the lines to the flagpole. Watching him are a sunburned man in overalls who is holding a hoe, and an African-American man wearing a hard hat. Each man and the flagpole was carved separately then mounted on a plywood and pine base, which has a burned signature "Jarvi 1986". The figures range from 6" to 6 1/2" high, and the overall height is 17". The base is 10" by 10 3/4". The condition is excellent, with a few small scuff marks on the base. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CTAS.   See a slideshow of several views [685k] ... Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... From above ... Closeup of signature from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving by Unto JarviThis second carving by Unto Jarvi is a man walking with a dog. He is carrying a bundle over his shoulder like a hobo. The man and dog are next to a picket fence. A tree with individually carved leaves is on the other side of the fence, and delicately carved flowers at their feet. The bundle is made of cloth. The bottom of the base is signed "Jarvi 1975" in pencil. Overall, the scene is 11 1/4" high by 8" wide by 4" deep. The flowers have lost some of their petals, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTHS.   See a slideshow of several views [547k] ... Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a 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 a similar, smaller group of musicians 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.

Carved ManThis is a folky, old carving of a man. It has a strong feeling of being African American; however, there is no provenance to confirm that. The wood is heavy, probably walnut. While the surface is originally dark, it appears to also have been was finished with highlights of a dark stain. The surface is smooth and has developed a good patina. The carving is fairly detailed and has an unusual aspect with the eyes. The left one seems to have been carved and set in, while the right seem carved into the wood itself. The letters XBD are on the bottom of the foot.

The condition of this carving is generally very good, although there are some slight age cracks. It was probably done in the 1800's. The man stands 7 inches high and is approximately 1 1/2 inches both in depth and width. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: AHAP.   Overall Front view ... Straight on ... The Back ... One Side ... The other Side ...The Bottom.

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].

Carved toyThis is a very folky and decorative, carved, primitive push-pull toy. It came from the upper Midwest, and was probably made in the mid 1900's. There is a detailed and wonderfully expressive painted Indian which goes back and forth with a folksy and funky carved bear. The carving is about 9" long, 8 1/4" high, and 3" wide. It is mounted on the original base, which is 12" by 3 1/2". This fun piece is in excellent condition. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: AKOH.   Carved toy ... Another view ... Closeup of the Indian ... Closeup of the bear ... Action one way ... Action the other way ... From above ... A short video of the action [2Mb].

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.

Here is an exceptional piece of musical folk art, apparently made for Carnival/Mardi Gras. It has five carved figures - a guitar player on top surrounded by four dancers. The figures have bright flannel and ribbon clothes, yarn hair for the women, and yarn and metal foil decorations on the men's hat's. Some kind of seeds were set in as eyes. The mounting is decorated with faded crepe paper strips - originally red and white.

The figures are mounted on a bamboo pole that slides up and down on a shaft. As it moves, the four dancers flex, hand carved castanets attached to their backs clatter, and tambourine discs jangle. The pole and handle are both hand carved. One of the four sets of castanets is missing, as well as one eye each on two of the figures. Otherwise the condition is excellent. This piece is French Canadian. It is 30 1/2" high when the handle is fully extended. The section with the figures measure 12 1/2" high by 13 1/2" by 14 1/2". It was probably made about the 1940's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: AAWP.   Image ... Right side ...Left side ... Back/right ... Back/left ... Slid down the shaft ... Handle and all ... Closeup of guitar player ... Closeup of two dancers ... Another closeup of two dancers ...Closeup of woman ... Closeup of man ... Closeup of other man.

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.

Carving of man and dogThis is a wonderful and unusual carving of a man lifting a small dog out of a basket. He has a very expressive face, and is wearing a cap and outfit like a jockey's. His arms were carved separately and applied; the dog was also carved as a separate piece. The basket is not attached, it just sits on the base. The carving is finished in a medium brown lacquer or varnish. It appears to be from the first half of the 20th century, probably about the 1920's or 30's. The front half of the man's right foot has been replaced, and the basket is missing one handle. It is 10 1/2" tall by 12" by 6 1/4". The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CCSS.   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From 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.

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