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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Noahs Arks


Another fun item that I spend mucho time on, is making Noahs Arks, and carving the pairs of animals. These have always interested me, because there is so much going on when you make them. The arks themselves are fun since you can design them just about anyway you want. The animals that I mainly carve are simplified, so that kids can play with them. I try to design the animals so that parts won't break off. What good is a Noahs Ark if kids can't play with it. I do, however, carve some animals with lots of deatil and smaller, for collectors. I started making arks around 1985. If you all recall, Noahs Arks were real popular then. COUNTRY LIVING magazine had arks in nearly every photo of country room settings. Here's some arks that were displayed and sold at an area Arts Festival this year. Opps! how'd those two little wood quilt squares on little easels get in there...

5 comments:

Holee said...

In one of your photo's there is an ark on wheels..I like that one the best. (but they are all adorable)

Tom H said...

The first arks I ever made were the ones with the wheels on them. They also had a rope pull. Folks told me that they had to take the rope off, cause the kids got to pullin them too fast, and flingin em around.

Holee said...

As the mom of 4 boys, I must say they were boy kids.

I had to remove the flat bed car from the trains because they loved to see the barrels fly off as it flew around the track.

Marianne said...

Oh, these are nice! I love Noah's Arks and I do remember when they were popular in Country Living Magazine! Do you sell them?

Tom H said...

Marianne, Thanks for stoppin by. To answer your question, sometimes I do sell my arks. I used to sell a lot more of them than I do now. Guess I'm gettin lazy.