Posts Tagged ‘Hand Carved’

Happy New Year!

The Figural Seahorse Nutcracker is complete!  I think this is my favorite nutcracker Brandon has created to date.  This nutcracker is an Ardoria Studios Original design.  It is wonderfully detailed and the finish makes it look like an aged nutcracker.  Brandon also made a shell stand specially for the nutcracker.IMG_8427






This nutcracker is being placed on Ebay for auction.  Click on the link to check out the auction.

I will be sad to see this one go but I am happy that friends and family were able to see it this holiday season.  I just loved it on our mantle, it looked wonderful!

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A few months ago Brandon was contacted to do a restoration for Arlene Wagner.  If you are not familiar with Arlene, she is not only the founder and curator of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, author of The Art & Character of Nutcrackers but also has her new claim to fame….She was the first guest on the new Conan O’Brien show, Conan.

Arlene Wagner and Conan
Arlene Wagner and Conan

Back to the nutcracker…..The nutcracker she is having restored is a remarkable piece.  It is dated  approximately  to the 1500’s.   She wanted to restore this nutcracker by adding the bird that is missing from his hat….



missing bird 1

Brandon sculpted a few examples and the final design was agreed upon.  He is now on to carving.IMG_8313


Check back for updates on this restoration.

Also, the Seahorse Figural Nutcracker is done!  Check back for pictures.

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