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looking for carver Gene A. Davis

January 23 2015 at 3:06 PM
Rosemary  (Login dixie5050)

I am cleaning/restoring a sculpture of a cigar-store Indian, signed and dated Gene A Davis, 6/25/85. It is life-size, full headress, contrapasto stance, and holds a bundle of cigars in his right hand, with tamahawk in his left. It is unpainted. I think it is Western Red Cedar; very heavy and dense. Owner knows it was carved in the state of Washington and given to a young girl as a gift for her 17th birthday. That is about it. I am an art curator in Richmond, VA. In my opinion this is a fine example of chainsaw art, and I believe its maker would have been known in the Northwest as one who was an early chainsaw carver. It deserves to be documented.

Please contact me at if you can give me any information on the artist Gene A Davis.

Thank You!

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steve backus
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gene davis

January 26 2015, 8:17 PM 

hello rosemary, I never met gene Davis but as I understand it he carved over on the northern Olympic peninsula for many years, he did a ton of work with terry tessmar on the big project known as Bandy s castle, Gary Bandy is a local rich guy that has/had? a place in sequim Washington, he employed several carvers all through 1980s and gene was one, last I heard he was in Arizona, I belive I got that scrap of info from terry tessmar,

the 1980s were not really that early, I am a forty year veteran of the carver wars and would be ok with helping you identify carvers in the pacific Northwest.........
and remember carve or starve...

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