Archive for the ‘nautical folk art’ Category


I have been asked to post the Leo Naugler decorated frames with mirrors. The green one is approximately 17 inches square, with the frame 3 inches wide it is decorated with woodland motifs, pine tree, tent, fishing pole, anchor, heart and a pair of moored boats. It is dated 1999 and signed. There are no issues.

The second one is white and measures 15 by 21 inches. It is chip carved, like the first and has traditional rose flowering vines along the sides rather like an appliqued border on a quilt, and top and bottom are Leo’s red and black finger-dots on yellow fish. I think these fish are his favourite motif and it makes me smile each time I see one of them!
I do not call it an issue, just due to using greenish wood – the mitered seams of the frame, although tight at the outside edge, have opened a little toward the inside. I don’t see this as something that needs to remedied, but everyone has their own opinion – just wanted you to know it is there, as it is in most of Leo’s frames. On looking again at the green frame one corner is slightly open toward the inside edge.
This frame is signed and dated 1999 on the back , actually in two places – the frame and on the mirror.

For those of you looking for further vintage quilt kit postings, I recently acquired a fantastic Paragon Applique kit and will post it and some wholecloth Doublestencil/Spartex quilt kits in the next day or so.

Folk Art Currently Available

SOLD July 17/09 Leo Naugler Birdhouse

SOLD July 17/09 Wilf Gaudet – harness racehorse
I’ve had several inquiries recently about my folk art pieces, especially those of Leo Naugler. I am posting pictures today of the pieces I currently own and inviting inquiries. Above, starting with the first picture, is a funky Leo Naugler birdhouse – wouldn’t that be a fun addition to your covered porch?
Next comes an older piece of a type that used to be common but has become quite rare. This is an earlier Cape Islander boat rigged with sail in addition to motor as these fishing vessels used to be. This piece was collected from an old cottage on the Northumberland Strait shore of Nova Scotia, near Amherst. The boom needs to be re-attached – an easy fix, but I will leave it to you.
And lastly, for this post, is a carving of a harness race horse and driver, done by Wilf Gaudet of Prince Edward Island. Harness horse racing was a very populat hobby among farmers and working class men 40 or 50 years ago and almost all the larger communities had tracks. I remember watching harness racing in the winter on the North Commons in Halifax when I was a child, and some years later bought a retired mare and trained her to saddle.
Blogger won’t allow me more photos on this post, so will make several postings today. Thanks for looking! Contact me for more information.

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