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Subject:wooden wise man carving
Posted By: david Wed, Dec 20, 2017 IP: 2607:fea8:1d5f:f819:

Hello, First of all I realize it is difficult to date wooden carvings; especially those unsigned; that being said; would anyone hazard a guess as to the age of this 9 1/2" h shellacked or varnished wise man carving; the finish is quite worn! Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! David.

Subject:Re: wooden wise man carving
Posted By: Endre Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Hi David, I can’t give you an exact date but my router leaves marks sometimes that look like the circles on the base of your carving. I could be wrong, I have a wood carving that I am curious about as well, but it’s African American art I believe from a man on the Chalk Hill plantation- so I didn’t post it. It looks different than yours and bottom is beginning to get rock hard and almost petrified. Either way, you have an interresting piece there.

Subject:Re: wooden wise man carving
Posted By: david Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Thnx Endre, Nothing like a good stumper eh? We'll keep pushing forward! If you do happen upon any suggestions or hypothesis on this carving please let me know! David.

Subject:Re: wooden wise man carving
Posted By: Endre Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Your welcome David, I’ll let you know if I happen to find anything out. It is a tough question. To me, it does look to be from sometime in the modern machine age. Possibly machine milled and then hand carved. It slipped my mind before, but I have seen similar circular marks as well, on very old items drilled with bamboo and abrasives like flint. I have no idea why someone would use a router or a bamboo drill on the base though. If they were more on the center, It would make sense to be marks from a lathe. The holes in the wood from the tacks look very small, and not like hand cut tacks. I will do more researching | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |