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Carving of man carving a whimsy
Wonderful carving of a
man carving a whimsy
Large carving
4 foot high primitive carving
Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacher
Three detailed carvings with lots of personality by Jack Eichbaum of TN
African-American carvingAfrican-American carving
Impressive, large African-American carving
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin

Large African-American
Carved hand and egg
Figural whimsey carving
Figural whimsey carving
Psychedelic folk music carving1960's psychedelic carving
1960's Psychedelic folk music carving
African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Fish decoys
Four primitive carved fish decoys
Carving of woman in moonlight
Carving of woman in moonlight

Carved assemblage two loggers with hand made clothing, working a large saw.
Part of a group of carvings from the Northeast, c. 1910
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving:
1 of 2 by same maker
African-American carving of mother and children
African-American carving
of mother and children:
1 of 2 by same maker
Carved bust on stone baseCarved bust on stone basePrimitive carved faceCarving with two facesCarved headFrog carving
Group of mid-20th c. carvings by the same anonymous artist "TWH", two with stone bases
Whimsy carved staff
Whimsy carved staff with animals
Primitive jointed carving
Very primitive jointed man with felt hat
Carving of man and dog
Carving of man and dog
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African-American carvingAfrican-American carvingAn incredible, large carving of three generations of an African-American family. It looks like a wedding, with the younger woman wearing a veil and the older woman carrying a tray of drinks. While the pictures give a reasonable indication of this pieces, there is a great deal of subtleness and richness in shading and feel that does not show. There is also much greater detail in the actual piece - more than even in the closeups. Perhaps most importantly - there is a deep, personal feeling that is conveyed through the carving in person. It can be touched on slightly in the photos, but is much stronger in reality. The word "impressive" is not quite right; rather there is an "impression" of the people and their life that is felt.

The carving is southern, we believe from Louisiana originally; the wood may be cypress. It is 26 1/2" high by 15" wide by 12" deep, probably from the early 1900's. The initials "N J" are carved into the base. The condition is very good, but as you can see, part of the child's arm has been missing for quite a while, and there is an age split in the base. The price is $6,800.00. Inventory Code: ASTO.   See a slideshow of several views. [1.7 Mb] ... African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... A third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Back views ... Closeup, from side ... Closeup other side ... Closeup from behind ... Middle back ... From above ... The child from above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of child ... Second closeup of child ... Third closeup of child ... Fourth closeup of child ... Feet ... The base, with initials ... Two more overall views ... With a soda can, for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... From above.

Carving of man with cow by Mr. BenjaminThis is a wonderful, strange, and old carved assemblage of a man leading a cow, by an African-American named Mr. Benjamin, who lived in South Georgia. Here is a photo of him. There is little more information on this apparently untrained artist. It has an odd sensibility combining out of perspective elements with a quirky sense of humor. The man's face is very expressive, which does not show well in the photos. The cow is sticking out its tongue. It is carved from softwoods and walnut. It is about 13" long by 8" high by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is finished with several color of paint and varnish. It is from the 1920's or 30's, in very good condition. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CAWW.   See a slideshow of several views [633k] ... Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

This is a great African-American carving, very large and striking, of a hand holding up an egg. It was carved from a section of a large log. This piece has an enormous "look" and presence. It stands 31" high, and the irregularly shaped base is approximately 16" in diameter - about 19" across at its widest. The carving was found in southern Somerset Co, PA or northern Garret Co, MD in the early 1970's, although it is much older than that. It has remained in a private collection for the last 30 years or so. The age splits, visible in the photo, do not affect the stability or solidity. The condition is very good. The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: TASP.   Carved hand and egg ... Three more views ... Different angles ... Closeup of the hand and egg ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Closeup from above ... Very close of the fingers ... Another very close shot ... Closeup of base ... Another closeup of base ... Third closeup of base.

Figural whimsey carvingThis figural whimsey carving has two caged balls, with a man's head on top. The man has strong features, and a somewhat medieval looking hat and hair style, perhaps modeled after a chess piece? It measures 9 3/4" high by 2 1/4" by 2 1/4". It is carved from pine with a light stain finish. It is inscribed "W O K" on the bottom. The condition is excellent, and age appears to be mid 20th century. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TCPW.   Figural whimsey carving ... Several other views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below.

More Carved Whimsies

Psychedelic folk music carving1960's psychedelic carvingThis is the quintessential 1960's folk music carving. It has exceptional form, detail, and color. The assemblage of 4 pieces - double tiered offset base, chair, nude figure, and guitar is 10 1/2" high in almost perfect condition. The base is 6" in diameter. It has a handmade title sticker of "The Ballad", and is signed TRachsler. The surface is painted in very detailed psychedelic swirls and highlights in various shades. There is very slight wear in a few places, and a barely visible line in the left leg which shows where it was cracked and reset. This is an unusual, extremely good piece. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ACWC.   Psychedelic folk music carving ... Another view ... Another view ... Back view ... Top view ... A close-up ... Second close-up ... Close-up of base.

African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoysHere are four primitive carved fish decoys. They are painted white and green, with red mouths and black eyes. Each one has a metal clip through its bottom lip. The fish themselves range in size from 7 1/4" to 9 1/4" long by about 1" to 1 1/4" in diameter. The metal clip adds about 2 3/4" to the length. Three are in good, worn and weathered condition; the fourth has an age split, and the tail was broken and reglued. They appear to be from the mid-20th century. They are priced at $25.00 each or $90.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TOHH.   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving of woman in moonlightThis is a relief carved and painted scene of a nude woman sitting on rocks in front of the full moon over a lake. It was framed in a shallow wooden box. The back is covered with brown paper, with two screw eyes and a newer wire hanger. The size is 9 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The condition is good, with some cracks in the frame. It appears to be from the 1940's or 50's, but could be somewhat more recent. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCCC.   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

This is a very detailed assemblage of two sawyers cutting a log with a large saw. They are wearing hand sewn clothing, knit caps, and leather boots. The arms and legs were made out of copper tubing which was then flattened and formed with great detail, including fingers. The bodies and heads are wood. This 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 clothing, including one boot, this is in generally very good condition. The figures themselves measure 15" long by 4" wide by 4 3/4" high. They are mounted on a two tiered base 19" long by 7 1/4" wide. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ATTR.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of one man ... Closeup of the other man.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available below. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, below:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, below:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

African-American carving of mother and childrenThis is a fairly large, and visually very strong carving. It is of an African-American woman with two children. It is 31" high by 17 1/2" wide by 12" deep. The boy is wearing overalls. This piece is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. It is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist that were found in Florida. We have one of the other two above. It is even larger, and is a combination of a lion and a Rastaman. This one has been in a private collection for many years. It was probably made no more recently than around the 1940's. The condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. The price is $1,800.00. Inventory Code: TROR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Here is a group of carvings done by the same, anonymous maker. Most are carved from hardwood, with a distinctive style of
chip-carving and strong personality. One is signed with the initials "TWH". They seem to be from the mid-20th century or earlier.

Carving with two facesFirst is a wood carving that has two faces on opposite sides. They have qualities that resemble the stone heads of Easter Island. The piece is just under 16" high by 3 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" deep. It is done in hardwood, probably walnut, that has been highlighted with darker stain. The carving is in good condition, with very minor age cracks. It likely was done about the 1940's or so. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TKPC.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views.

Primitive carved faceThis is an odd relief carving of a face. It is carved from the cut surface of an angled slab of log, with the bark left on the uncarved surface. It stands 8 1/4" high by about 4 3/4" in diameter. The carving is unsigned and in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TKSW.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view.

Carved bust on stone baseHere are two carved busts mounted on dark green stone bases. They have strong faces, and stained very dark brown. The first carving is 12" high by 6" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPS.   See a slideshow of several views [471k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved bust on stone baseThe second carving is 12 1/4" high by 5 7/8" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPP.   See a slideshow of several views [351k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved headThis carved bust of a man with an open mouth is also a part of this group. It has a medium-light stain. The initials "TWH" are embossed into the bottom. Age is unknown, but probably mid-20th century or earlier. It stands 12" high by 5 1/4" wide by about 6" deep. The condition is excellent, with one small chip missing from the lower back of the base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKPO.   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Frog carvingNext is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is the end of the group of carvings by "TWH".

Whimsy carved staffThis is a large staff with two carved animal heads at the top and three sections of whimsy carved captured balls in cages. The piece is about 58" high with a 2" diameter for the shaft. The top section was likely the roots and is how it grew, which left places for stylized faces and horns. Eyes are carved in one of the faces. In the sections of cages, from top to bottom, are 2, 1, and 5 crudely carved balls that are free to move. The staff is made from a piece of hard pine. It is finished with varnish, much of which has worn, with some turning lighter. The condition is good, with the worn varnish and some age splits. The age is unknown. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRSH.   See a slideshow of several views [727k] ... Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Carving of man carving a whimsyThis is a wonderful carving of a man who is carving a whimsy chain. The man has a beard, and is wearing painted overalls with a red shirt and cap. He is holding a knife in one hand. The whimsy in progress is a real one: the lower links are free to move, and the last, unfinished links in his hand have been partially worked in a genuine manner. The piece is 6" high by 2 1/8" wide by about 4" deep. It is signed on the bottom "Floyd Hicks 2-91". The condition is excellent. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CTTW.   See a slideshow of several views [557k] ... Carving of man carving a whimsy ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Two views from back ... Two views from above ... Top view ... From below ... Another overall view.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacherHere are three detailed carvings with lots of personality. There is a preacher, a fiddler, and two men playing checkers. Each is painted, and signed "Jack Eichbaum". Eichbaum lived in Chattanooga, TN and carved for many decades until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft guild.   All three carvings together ... Larger photo.

The first two men are seated on crates, playing checkers on top of a barrel. Their faces and clothes are very lifelike. The carving is 5 1/4" high by 3 3/8" by 6 7/8", in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTH.   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

The fiddle player has a long mustache, and is seated with one foot propped on his chair. The whole carving, including the chair and base is made from a single piece of wood. It is 5 5/8" high by 2 1/4" side by 4 7/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTO.   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

The African-American preacher is caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. He stands 5 3/8" tall by 1 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent except for a small chip off of his finger. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCTW.   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
 

Primitive jointed carvingNext is a jointed carving of a very primitive man wearing a felt hat, with tacks for eyes. He has no arms, and apparently never did as there is nowhere they could have been attached. There are small pieces of cloth attached which seem to be remnants of clothing. He is mounted on a custom made metal base. The carving itself is about 14" high by 2 1/4" by 2". As mounted, he is 16 1/2" by 3 1/4" by 3". It was probably made about the 1920's or 30's. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTHK.   See a slideshow of several views [428k] ... Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

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