A sculpture of three figures splitting a locust log for fence posts. There is black locust growing right in Cummington, it makes the best fence posts. I believe people have been doing that right here for 200 years. The figures in period clothing, and using antique tools, contrasted with the rich brown of the log, will fit well against an old Cummington building. The log is 9 feet long, the figures life size 5' 7"
I have been making these scarecrow figures from sticks and hay for more than thirty years. This particular group is a homage to wood craft. Taking a tree apart with wooden wedges and wooden mallets, wielded by wooden people with a quiet dignity. Making a life from the woods together. This is what many people have done through the years in Cummington. I am very grateful that I was able to save enough to buy some land in this lovely area. I grew up in Pittsfield and always wanted to live in the woods.
Bio: 1969 Vietnam veteran, 1975 University of Mass. Amherst, BFA in Painting, 26 years as a city mail carrier, always working at my art through all the years. A neighbor implored that I make a scarecrow for a hill town contest in 1991. This new scarecrow concept made it so I could build life size figures doing what humans do and display them anywhere. They continue to develop and become more flexible and expressive as I study the figure and the way it moves.