Navajo Couples Cottonwood Root Carving - Harry Bert (#01)
Navajo Folk Art
Base: 4 3/4" x 4 1/2"
The love and relationships of Navajo couples between male and female is the theme of this Harry Burt carving. Harry Burt is the one who trained Dennis Ross how to carve; and if you’ve ever seen his work than you’ll know for sure Harry is a master craftsman in the wood whittling art form. Harry sculpted this one out of cottonwood root that he finds floating in the San Juan River. He has loved his honey and loved to carve for a very long time, and this sculpture is a tribute to both.
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About the artist:For sixteen years Harry Bert has been searching out the sandbars of the mighty Colorado and San Juan rivers, and scavenging the shores of Lake Powell. He is looking for driftwood- the water tumbled cottonwood roots that wash up in shoals like bleached bones. It is from these roots that Harry creates new life with his wood sculptures. "I try and make it more human than sculpture," he asserts. "How you see it is how it is in real life." See full biography | See all items by Harry Bert
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