Karl-Art Carvings are limited
editions, decorative sculptures. They are hand carved by New England Sculptor,
Karl Neubauer at his Vermont Studio. Each piece is engraved by the Artist
with an identification number, the year that it was created and signed with either
Karl's personal signature or the Karl-Art insignia. All Karl-Art Carvings
All of my carvings are original designs and are
carved and painted individually. The wood is basswood. Basswood or Linden is a
local deciduous tree harvested in Vermont and New Hampshire. The work is all either
limited edition or one of a kind and is engraved with that information along with
the year created and the Karl-Art insignia. I also sign the larger pieces with
my personal signature. The process is as follows: I make a series of drawings
to work out all aspects of a design. Then I create a template in order to transfer
the basic shape to the wood and cut out the carving 'blank' on a band saw. Then
I use a mallet and chisel to remove the bulk of the material from the blank. With
a knife I whittle away at the rough carving to create detail and surface textures.
The process is completed when I paint the finished carving with a wash of colors
and apply a clear wood finish. Then each piece is engraved with all pertinent
I've been studying the Fine Arts since childhood; drawing, painting, and sculpture.
In college I studied advanced figure in both two and three dimensions as well
as abstraction. I exhibited that work for a couple of years in Massachusetts on
the south shore. I began carving my present work more or less as an exercise.
I wanted to infuse my work with more emotion and joy and found that carving small
figures from wood was the perfect vehicle for this. It became apparent, quite
quickly that this more 'folky' and happy work was much closer to my own heart.
I decided to make a business out of the work produced from these exercises. In
1990 I established Karl-Art Carvings in order to make a living from my art. I
wanted to create a more accessible art. I could gather together all the skills
and techniques learned over the years studying sculpture and drawing , put them
into easily recognizable subject matter and carve them from a traditional medium
to create a unique craft. Accessible Art was then, and is now my goal. To create
small scale decorative sculptures that appeal to both the serious collector and
to those who like to surround themselves with high quality craft or artwork.