Saturday, November 7, 2009
Collectors often dismiss a fine thing because they consider it too small. I find myself sometimes asking, does it measure up? But when you really get down to it, often the smallest things are the most impressive. Think about the skill and patience it takes to carve something that's just 4 inches tall. In many cases, that's harder to do than carving a block of wood three times as large. Both carvings pictured here are in the 4-inch range, yet they have a lot of detail and character. The second one, in particular, is a grabber: the man sits in a chair, that's on a ball in a cage, that's on a book. And the paint is great. Here's to the small-fry carving. It rocks.