Gary carves Folk Art sculptures of bird trees, pigs, cats, dogs and much more. His designs have their foundations in Pennsylvania’s past masters and their contemporaries.
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PA Traditional Folk Art Carvings
Gary Rosborough has been creating works in the Pennsylvania German folk art carving tradition since 2003. Inspired by the vibrant colors, forms, symbols and historical references, he carves sculptures of birds, cats, dogs, pigs and much more.
Gary’s love of antiques and folk sculpture inspired him to explore creating similar works for himself. He studies the methods and techniques of originals, from objects produced by master carvers of Pennsylvania’s past, and then creates new sculpture in his style.
Gary has been selected for the Early American Life Magazine’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts for 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023.
Working with a single chip carving knife, Gary creates sculptures and whimsies from figures he draws directly onto the wood. He carves the wood, sands it to a smooth surface, and then paints each piece with multiple coats. Finally, he signs and dates each piece with the date of completion, sometimes adding a unique phrase as well.
The appeal of his folk art is in the indescribable features of the uniqueness, authenticity and the techniques that have been handed down from generations of those who have created sculptures in the past.