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Folk Art Currently Available – part one



The first picture is of Leo Naugler’s “Flying Fish” – this is a large carving which will be extremely expensive to ship as it will need careful and well padded packing to ensure no damage occurs – perhaps this is better as a pick up! There is a stable crack along one side of the body due to drying and curing of the wood. This does not affect the integrity or strength of the piece.
The next picture is of David Stephens “Beach Flowers” an impressionistic and exciting folk art painting.

Third picture is of an an embroidered, beaded and appliqued wallhanging on green blanket/duffle cloth by Mary Tookomee. This form of art has been a longstanding decorative form used on duffle coats/parkas and parka covers for generations by Inuit women, and more recently wallhangings have also been made. This piece is exquisite. Sednas are a recurring theme in Inuit art and folklore.

The fourth picture shows three significant pieces currently in my collection: a Tom Rector bird tree; Free Willie, a beautiful polychromed carving by Jean-Marc Poirier; and Leo Naugler’s fun and funky birdhouse.
If you are interested in any of these pieces, contact me at:

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.


I thought it was time to give you an update on my current Nova Scotia Folk Art offerings. I have recently sold the following pieces: the string of fish decoys, the Neil Levy seagull ditto, and the wonderful Britannia(Samuel S. Cunard, Cunard Lines memoribilia) went this summer too.
I just noticed that I hadn’t before showed you this Tom Rector Bird Tree. Tom, who is now deceased made very few of these – his specialty was “crotch men” made from crotched tree branches. This is another of the pieces that makes me smile whenever my eye lights on it. Somewhat primitive, but carved and polychromed with a sure eye for detail but whimsical sense of colour, I am offering these fellows as a surefire hit under someone’s Christmas tree.
I will be adding pictures soon of a model of a cape islander fishing boat, and a harness race horse – two of the many maritime icons that are seen everywhere in the Atlantic Provinces.
Folk Art Bird Tree has SOLD!

Nova Scotia Folk Art Gull

Pictured is a wonderful polychromed carved wooden seagull by Neil Levy of Blandford, Nova Scotia. Carved in 1997, this fellow has been inspiring my quilting for several months now and every time I pass him I simply can’t resist running my hand over his smoothly curving body. He stands on a small piece of stained and varnished pine and his feet are a work of art in themselves.
This guy is extremely well-behaved and hasn’t yet forgotten his manners as the wheeling seagulls down at the harbour are prone to do!
He’s ready to fly from my home to yours!
SOLD: This lovely little guy has flown away to Martha’s house, but he still lives in my neighbourhood, I’m glad to say.

FREE WILLIE – polychromed carving – Nova Scotia Folk Art

You’re looking at my newest Nova Scotia Folk Art acquisition. This is “Free Willie” a carved and painted piece by Jean Marc Poirier, Cape Breton Island, completed in 2002. Apparently Mr. Poirier stopped working for a few years after this piece was made, but has begun again in recent years and is generating great interest now among collectors.
I hope I can find more of his work – it’s the kind of Folk Art that causes me to smile when I look at it. Especially, note the wonderful colour and depiction of waves on the stand.
I’m so happy to have Willie with me for a while, overseeing my work as a quiltmaker – I know he will be my muse when I embark on the Dolphin quilt I expect to be making soon!


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