Thursday, November 6, 2014

It Figures



At a recent auction, it turned out that I had the highest bid on three items.

I am now the proud 'minder' of these folk art figures.


This fellow appears to be taking his daily catch home for supper.


While these two 'lovebirds' are out for a stroll.


Look at just how happy they look.


Oh! Now don't be jumpin to any conclusions!!


The third figure is this fisherman at the helm of his boat and wearing a sou'wester.


I really like his determined facial expression.


And how he is bracing his feet for balance.

The intention was to bring them to the my shop.
But I am getting attached to them at home.

I did some research on wooden folk art figures
and found out (from the barely decipherable stamps on the bottom)
 that the first and third figures were made in Quebec, Canada and signed 'Canon'.

The 'happy couple' is still a mystery....even with the signature
I couldn't find any hint of what its origin may be.
At first I thought it may be a Nova Scotia piece
because we have a large population of French Acadians here.
But it may also be from Quebec.

In any case I like them and appreciate the work 
put into these folk art figures.

Have any of you ever tried your hand at carving?










28 comments:

  1. enjoy them for awhile before you decide to move them to the shoppe. They won't last long there, so unusual and very appealing. Imagine the work that went into those, well it probably was a joy for that artist but it would be work for me.!

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    1. I will and am enjoying them Joanne for a while till I make room for them at the shop.
      The artists who did these probably could do them with their eyes closed!

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  2. These are amazing, Jim. It's no wonder you are attached to them. I've never done anything like this, and I'm in awe of people who do. It's quite a talent.

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    1. I wish we had a much larger house in which to display all the things I like, Martha! But, we don't. So these will go down the road to the shop pretty soon. They may make someone a great Christmas gift.

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  3. These are gorgeous pieces! Enjoy them for a while before making any decisions to put them in the shop.

    How have you been, my friend? I've missed you, and the rest of my Bloggy Buddies, for that matter. I'm really trying to get back into the Blogosphere this month, so I hope to be around a little more. =)

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    1. Well if it isn't....LISA!!
      How the heck are you? We have missed you too. I got caught up yesterday at your blog and I see you are as busy as usual with family and that beautiful niece!!!

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  4. These are absolutely beautiful, way to go Jim, a piece of history, and beautiful pieces, I'm happy for you. I have never tried my hand at wood carving but I knew of one where I worked who could build benches and desks and chairs and the most amazing animals and people, unfortunately, he never made much money, so he would work at another job and carve in his part-time...These that you have are stunning, you don't need to part with them, your store is splendid, and you deserve some joy in your home as well, although I know you feel lots of joy at home. But since most pieces go your store, you should keep them, who knows maybe one day, someone will ask for such a treasure, and you may decide it's time to part with them, either way bravo on winning these, they are stunning!!!!

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    1. I admire people who have this talent, Lorraine. Some people can do this type of thing with so much ease and ability.

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  5. They're delightful! Especially the cheeky old man and the sou'wester fisherman. When he retired, my father took up wood carving. He carved many draft horses and oxen to go with the scale models he made of farm wagons and Red River carts. He was quite artistic and did beautiful work.

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    1. I bet they are beautiful, Debra.

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  6. Interesting figures. I don't think I would take them to the shop, either. Some of that stuff is just too good to let go of. I like all three pieces - all great.

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    1. Well Sharon, as soon as there is an empty shelf at the shop, and that may take a while as it is off-season, these three figures will have a new home.

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  7. I've never been to an auction (does Ebay count?) I would like to though, I love antiques and quirky bit and bobs so I could easily spend all of my money there! These are very interesting, I like the one of the couple, you think 'Aww how sweet, a happy couple' and then you see the back and you see why they are so happy!

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    1. I was surprised too, Hayley-Eszti!
      You must go to an auction some day.....a low-key one to start, maybe in a small town. That way you could get the gist of it and just observe. Once you get the knack of it.....LOOK OUT! lol

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  8. They are charming!
    I have a small collection of carved farm animals.

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    1. Wood is quite a versatile medium I am assuming and very durable.
      Hope your eye is mending daily, Terry.

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  9. I haven't tried handcarving but your figures are great. I like them all. It shows me a happy, serene life at old age. I love the couple...naughty couple :) The old man's face (on the boat) seem to express how wise he has become at that age.

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    1. Good to meet you! And welcome.
      I agree, these each tell a story. Amazing what a few chips/cuts here and there can do.

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  10. Great finds, Jim. I see why you may not want to part with them. No carving for me, I would lose a finger, no doubt.

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    1. I will part with them soon enough, Inger. I don't want things to start cluttering up again. Or I'll have to open another shop!! lol

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  11. I love these carvings, Jim. I did take up woodcarving for awhile and did a couple of Santa Claus figures. They turned out pretty good too.

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    1. You did, Pat? Well, Christmas is coming you know, and if you still have these I know of a wonderful blog called 'Bailey Road' where I am sure a photo of these Santas would look great!!

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  12. I was going to say that the old couple could be Bob and I - when I saw where the guy's hand was, I was sure...

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  13. I've never tried carving. I would probably cut off a finger or two. My mom used to carve, and so did my late father-in-law.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Me neither, Janie. I suppose the more you do it the better you get.

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