The carving shown here is in the Chase House in Strawberry Banke, a unique museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that preserves the 300-year history of a waterfront neighborhood. The carving is attributed to ship carver Ebenezer Dearing and is in the formal parlor.
The buzz among some of those studying traditional crafts was that they were not entirely sure that Louis Charpentier was “really” traditional. His roots in rural Quebec carving animal figures for an Ark were unimpeachable. His decades of service as a designer for a plastics manufacturer worried some. But, carving plastic, Carving styrofoam? For some, these placed him beyond the pale.
There are always variations on old standards. Some are even improvements.
Success is not a permanent achievement. We have to continually work at maintaining it.
Meerschaum Pipe - Last on the Card- August 31, 2021
Carved by 19th century Salem Architect and carver Samuel McIntire
I remembered back to my own Navy days. And recalling the old rubric that "if it moves - salute it. If it doesn't paint it,"
Two of the best artists I've known were fluid on the choice of media.
We can easily get lost in the weeds talking about tradition in crafts.
Seeing may be believing, but feel will give you a less biased second opinion.