Here's a few of the Noah's Arks that I have done so far for this year. I also have six sets of animals nearly all done......
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The ark....the result of Noah's great faith and his efforts to save creation. The ark....a toy that children could play with on Sundays while still remembering the sabbath; and keeping it holy. The ark....today toy arks are as much a part of Americana as the spinning wheel and coffee grinder, and are treasured pieces of true American folk art. Each of the arks is handmade from salvaged wood in keeping with the traditions of their original manufacture; each pair of animals is hand carved and painted. because each is handcrafted, every ark is unique. differences between arks include the types of wood used and the whims of the craftsman. Although the basic design of arks has remained the same over hundreds of years - a boat with a house on it - toy arks have reflected the geographical location and historical era of the builder. Thus some arks, which reflect the simple rustic mountain life might feature a cabin with animals familiar to the craftsman, pigs, goats, horses, cows, etc. Other arks, reflecting different circumstances, may feature structures more like a Victorian home with more sophistic animals; elephants, giraffes, zebra, etc.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Returned from Florida and am getting back to the Ark making fun. While in Florida I carved about 80 animals. Don't know why I planned on doing more. I am cutting out blanks now to carve an addition bazzillion...... In the next few weeks I'll be putting the final touches on the first batch of Arks. I'll be numbering the Arks, for easy identification.