Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Geoff Davis gives a demonstration of woodcarving. Using wood, tinplate and leather he carves, constructs and paints whimsical birds and animals and wood pull toys in a folk art style.”

Geoff explains, “I’ve been making, designing and building things my entire life. Over the years I’ve had success building things of wood — boats, ukuleles and furniture. In 2004 I became involved with Traditional Arts Indiana — the public folklore outreach at I.U. Many of the folks that were involved with TAI were practicing traditional arts associated with family traditions and heritage. In response I turned to my Pennsylvania German roots and began to study the important carvers like Schimmel and Schtockschnitzler Simmons. Their work inspired me, but I never wanted to copy their styles. In order to develop my own strong and consistent style I established a set of rules dictating materials and approach. I still follow those today. My bird carvings quickly became successful and I established a strong following quickly. Since then I’ve moved into other carvings and materials. My focus today is on early pull toys. In addition to wood I use a great deal of painted leather and formed tinplate.”

Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship
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