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Sculptures

It seems odd to me that I only have three sculptures left. Maybe that’s because so much of my work includes sculptural elements but mostly they have just ceased to exist. I’m lucky to have these three.

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Aladdin's Lamp

23" L x 11.5" H x 7" D

I crafted this from various hardwoods scrounged from friends, as I was homeless for an extended period in the early 1970's. I just carried it around and worked on it over a two year span. Each piece was carved with an Exacto knife, smoothed with a file and sandpaper. You can imagine the amount of wishing life were different that went into this piece as I sat on the sides of highways and byways of America, barely surviving.

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Sun & Cloud

72" W x 50" H x 3" D

I had the good fortune about 1975 or so to be able to live in a Lake Co., CA 'mountain' valley. My nearest neighbor was a couple of miles away. It was as close to living in the old west as I ever came. There was no power, of course. Water was drawn from a spring. The last folks who had lived there had died thirty-five years before my arrival. A small herd of wild horses had grown up from the domesticated animals that remained after their deaths. I was snowed in for nearly three weeks on one occasion. On another, a forest fire blew out on the ridge right across the creek from my little cabin. The sun portion of this sculpture was made with a coping saw after which the shapes were glued up and then shaped and sanded. It was a long project but after growing food, gathering firewood and doing all the homestead type chores needed for survival I had to create something. Years later the cloud was carved of laminated #2 pine and had a clear finish. It was only painted recently as I refinished the works for this gallery.

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Inquire Within on Stand

54" High

The full story of this sculpture is available on the first page on the index. I can't think of anything to add.

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Inquire Within Both Sides

29" Long x 9" High

The steel sculpture needed detail images of both sides, I thought.