Friday, March 23, 2012

Whitlin' Charley's Stand

Go ahead  price this elk.
Was it carved with a jack knife?
Some painters price by the square centimeter.  How does a good carver set his price?

How long did this take whittlin' Charley?

Take a good look at the posture of the man wearing the cardigan to the left of our carver. Does it remind you of the poses men struck when they had group photos taken in the 1800's.  Odd.

My guess is that the carver is Charles  Volrath, who lived from 1870-1952.
When you check the School House museum site by clicking on the link you will find Charles Volrath in some of the other pictures. While I don't know for certain, I suspect that Charley and Charles are one and the same.

year: 1932
Chalk River, Ontario
Please click here.
'Valley Carvers Past and Present.' Produced by the School House Museum, Laurentian Hills, Ontario.

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