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Scrimshaw & Carvings


WICH AHERNS-SCULPTOR-CARVER
WICK AHERNS
CARVER-SCULPTOR

Beginning art instruction at age 8, Wick Ahrens had a traditional education, studying at Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and at San Francisco Art Institute, and in the studio of his mentor, Clark Voorhees of Weston, Vermont.

Mr. Ahrens had been sculpting whales for two years, working at cabinetry to support his obsession with seagoing mammals, when he took the plunge - he went to sea. In Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ahrens studied gray whales during their annual retreat from Alaska for mating and calving. In San Ignacio Lagoon, a 40-foot whale allowed the artist to stroke its throat - a rare encounter which transformed Ahren's life and, of course, his art. Not long thereafter, he was commissioned to sculpt an 18-foot whale for permanent display in the Coyote Point Museum in 1985. This sculpture is the largest wooden cetacean in the world.

During a pilgrimage to Maui, Mr. Ahrens swam with humpbacked whales, observing at awesomely close range their behavior, their power and grace, and even their individual personalities. In his studio overlooking Tomales Bay, he began hand-painting a series of the massive carved portraits, applying barnacles and scars realistic enough to match the vitality he was capturing in their forms. But Wick was raised on the butterfat of a Vermont dairy farm, and could not stay at sea.

He relocated from California, establishing his studio in Peru, Vermont. He sculpts full time, studying his subjects by film and photo, with assistance from marine biologists. Devoted to the essential whale, he makes his own life a bridge between sugar pine timbers and those mysterious creatures who left the land 50 million years ago.

Like the national treasure artists of Japan, Mr. Ahrens produces only a few pieces each year. The result is completely original yet authentic interpretations of various species. His work is represented in MBNA America Bank, and in many public museums, galleries and private collections.

HUMPBACK
HUMPBACK
SPERM
SPERM
PENGUINS
PENGUINS
HARBOR SEAL
HARBOR SEAL
MINKE
MINKI
   
   


AL MONCOVICH

DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP
DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP


 

 
Melamy
SMALL GOLD BELLAMY
36" BELLAMY
WHITE - DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP
JIM KEEFER
   
HARLAQUIN
HARLIQUIN
LOON
LOON
OLD SQUAW
OLD SQUAW
PUFFIN
PUFFIN
CANADIAN GOOSE
CANADAIN GOOSE
SWAN
SWAN
GUILLMOT
GUILLMOT
RAZORBILL
RAZORBILL

Jim started carving at age 13, to enhance his rig of decoys that he used while duck hunting on the upper Barnegat Bay of New Jersey. He studied Art at Florida Southern College and received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Monmouth College in New Jersey. Jim has been carving for over forty years but only full time since 1980. His popularity grew rapidly upon opening his shop in Woodstock, Vermont and now his list of collectors includes people from all over the world. He has shown his work in most decoy shows, and many exclusive art galleries and leading decoy auctions, but now spends most of his time just filling orders.
Jim carves “hollow smoothies” and an eider, being his favorite waterfowl, is carved as a baby and placed in each of these carvings. He does others as well, carving full or oversized birds in cedar.



TED HANKS
SHORE BIRDS
SHORE BIRDS

CANADIAN GEESE
CANADIAN GEESE
 
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