Sunday, July 18, 2010

From a Humble Block of Wood

Those who have been reading this blog for a while will be familiar with the Eugene L. (Bud) Hamm carvings which were donated to the Annapolis Heritage Society this year. To say that this is a somewhat overwhelming collection would be an understatement for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the collection is overwhelming due to the creativity and talent of the carver. When I look at pieces like the intertwined cranes at the bottom of this post, I am amazed by the ability of Bud Hamm as a carver. I am also overwhelmed by the scope of the collection. There are literally hundreds of carvings in the Hamm collection. These carvings range from pieces which fit in the palm of your hand to statues which require three people to move.

If you would like to see part of this collection, we have recently opened an exhibit entitled "From a Humble Block of Wood: Bud Hamm Woodcarver" at the O'Dell House Museum in Annapolis Royal. For this first exhibit I have tried to highlight only the wood carvings (his poetry and plaster bas-reliefs will have their turn). I have also tried to display the material in a manner similar to how the carvings were found at Owlhoot (Bud's house). This exhibit will run through the summer of 2010 with the possibility of extending the show into the autumn.

All for now,

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