Monday, June 15, 2009

Cigar store Indian -- finished!

Came a knocking at my door late one recent afternoon. To my great surprise, there stood Scott McCormick, the neighborhood wood carver. He had stopped by to show me the current state of the cigar store Indian he was working on.

Shortly thereafter, the Indian was painted and on display at the Ian Russell Gallery. I didn't make it to the gallery in time to catch a final picture. All too soon he was delivered to the individual who had commissioned him in the first place. Fortunately, Rich featured a post about the gallery and I borrowed one of his pictures (above). Thanks, Rich!

But there's more to the story. I got my courage up and asked Scott if he ever had big logs that he didn't want. If so, might I have one or two as plant stands? Lo and behold, he showed up one afternoon with the prospective birdhouse (above)...

...this great big, naked stump...
...and that lovely big log now holding my largest strawberry pot high above the reach of the local javelinas who would otherwise chew up my strawberry plants. Thanks, Scott.

11 comments:

Kathleen said...

How fun - Love your garden with all the logs in it =) Great Cigar Store Indian, too.

Wasn't there a Cigar Store Indian similar to that in a shop on Whiskey Row at one time?

Anonymous said...

Looks like he carved a northern plains tribal member.

Love the log stumps in your yard. They accent your garden in just the right way. :) (And, help your back at the same time.)

~Anon in AV.

Warren said...

very impressive carving!

Granny J said...

frame -- yes, indeed, one of the funkier Gen-u-wine Westrin shoppes had a fine cigar store Indian, made, I believe, by that outfit down on US60 outside of Wickenburg, which had a primitive duplicate-carving machine turning out the sculpts. Not mass production but a lot faster than an individual commission.

anon av -- I really like my BIG, new ones.

warren -- isn't it nicely done? Rich said that the gallery now has another of his Indians.

Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

Scott, definitely an artist and a gentleman.

Anonymous said...

I always grumble about not having any appreciation for art, despite wanting to, in theory. But his wood carvings are an exception!

Do wood carvers usually look like regular guys?

theBoonie

Jarart said...

So glad to see the finished sculpture! It's a beauty.

Granny J said...

bro -- yes indeedy

boonie2 -- in my wide experience (2 of 'em), the answer is yes -- regular guys.

jarart -- and so very different from the raw wood!

Kathleen said...

Wow, thanks, Granny J, for the information on the other Indian. This one is really neat =)

Love your blog!

Granny J said...

frame -- that's right -- he's just around the corner from your shop.

Craig Russel said...

Really the carvings are superb and the whole credit goes to artist who made them so lively.Definitely these are the work of international standard and will be well appreciated by who's who of the art world.And flower vases made out of naked stumps is incredible.These vases looks very natural and obviously enhances the beauty of the garden.I would definitely suggest the intelligent artist to make some models of Cuban Cigars which will be gladly accepted by the people allover the world and he may get international recogntion for his astounding work.

 
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