John Presley

I got interested in traditional Swedish character carving upon moving to Lindsborg, KS and encountering pieces by Anton Pearson.  A book by Harley Refsal provided background into the specific style and instruction in carving a character.  Subsequent time with Refsal and increasing immersion into the elements of Swedish culture as maintained in Lindsborg have provided opportunities and a context for developing a personal approach to this folk art form.  


Flat Plane carving originated in the lumber camps of Sweden and Norway as far back as the mid 19th century.  Men working in the camps were separated from their families, and they carved toys to take to their children when they went home.  They used their working knives with thick, heavy blades, which were only capable of taking off large chunks of wood. This approach didn’t allow for smooth, rounded features – giving rise to the designation of “Flat Plan Carving”.  This crude technique evolved into figure carvings that captured the roughhewn nature of the people of the time.  


Anton Pearson carved images of the people he saw around him, evoking humor through poses and expressions.  His work celebrates the people who settled Central Kansas and the efforts they had to make to form their communities.

John Presley
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Cupcake
Cupcake
$30.00
Cleaning Up
Cleaning Up
$30.00
Farmer
Farmer
$25.00
Choir
Choir
$30.00
Whittle Old Woman
The Grump
The Grump
$25.00
Man with Top-hat
Man with Top Hat
Granny Power/ Militant Mabel
The Conductor
The Conductor
$30.00
Politician
Politician
$30.00
Mamma don't 'llow
The Cause and the Cure
Fire Inside and Out
Tub Thumper
Tub Thumper
$95.00
Dueling Banjos
Dueling Banjos
$120.00
A Mug & A Muffin
A Bock Duet
A Bock Duet
$90.00
Help Wanted
Help Wanted
$115.00
Side-eye
Side-eye
$45.00
Man with Book
Man with Book
$45.00
Woman Green Bonnet
Red Cane
Red Cane
$25.00
Man with Green Hat
Conductor
Conductor
$25.00
Purple Hat Key Chain
Blue Hat Key Chain
Green Hat Key Chain
Family Tree-o
Family Tree-o
$60.00
Whittle Old Woman
Man in Tan
Man in Tan
$25.00
Blue dress Red muff
Woman
Woman
$15.00
Police Officer
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