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Echos From the Past

I’ve been interested in sculpture since I was a young boy. I remember collecting pot metal from the door handles of junked cars, melting it in a coffee can over a wood fire, and pouring the molten metal over bunches of dead grasses that I had collected. The results were unique and visually interesting. I also remember being fascinated with the furniture of Wendell Castle and the sculpture of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and later, Constantin Brancusi.

I never did much with my artistic inclinations, perhaps because I had seen, first-hand, how economically perilous the life of an artist was – both of my parents were artists. But I did, in my late twenties, create this small piece, which I still have. It was the first and, until my trip to Touchstone in 2007, my only sculpture.

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It is sculpted from Jamaica Dogwood, a tropical hardwood, and has a river rock inside it. The base is mahogany. Both pieces of wood were collected in South Florida.

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The piece is 9 1/2″ tall (including the base), 9″ long, and 5 1/2″ in diameter.

3 Comments on “Echos From the Past”

  1. #1 june
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I really had no idea you were such a good artisan…I’m going to have to give you some respect next time we meet 🙂

  2. #2 Beth
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Very nice, Jeff. That Jamaica Dogwood is beautiful stuff. Such a warm, rich color…

  3. #3 Debi Kelly Van Cleave
    on Aug 7th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Jeff, that sculpture is incredible. I’d love to touch it. It looks soft and smooth.

    My daughter Jamie is an artist. I worry about her struggling financially in this life.


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