Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I haven't found much yet written about the original pipe that inspired this carving other than it is titled; Pawnee, Nebraska, 1840, 15" in length.
When I open a book or visit a museum and see a sculptural piece like this I almost hyperventilate with excitement, I guess this comes from being surrounded by cornfields for most of my life. I do not covet the original, the enjoyment comes from re-creating a like copy for myself. I don't do this for income, just the pleasure of carving...to spend time intently focused upon one idea for hours at a time with no client to please other than myself.
Like the original, my copy is made from curly maple with cast inlays of leaded pewter.