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[Carved Staff]

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Philpot, David, 1940-
Painted wood.
Standing at an astonishing five feet tall, this work exemplifies David Philpot's flawless craftsmanship and ability to achieve great detail without compromising the integrity of the wood.
Born in Chicago in 1940, David Philpot began carving staffs as a hobby in 1971. Inspired by the Biblical story of Moses and the Ten Commandments Philpot decided to create staffs instead of the popularized canes. He carves detailed intaglio and relief designs on the surfaces of his works and even stains them at times. Many of his creations also feature leather, mirror, coin, or jewel inlays; materials he gathers from local craft shops. The final staff is fashioned with a handgrip and coated with polyurethane for a shiny finish.
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