Miniature magic at Dowling Walsh

May 03, 2012

Rockland — An intriguing exhibit of miniature replica antique chairs by Rodney Hunt will be on view this month at the downtown Dowling Walsh Gallery, 357 Main St. The public is invited to a First Friday opening reception Friday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hunt is a master of antique chairs, and he has crafted a range of miniature replicas using sustainably sourced wood, selected for its fine grain and high quality to allow for intricate detailing. These delightful chairs are brought to life with such woods as English walnut, yew, box, cherry, laburnum and fruit wood. Hunt uses traditional finishing methods and authentic stains, oils, polish and waxes. These time-tested methods give the wood a rich, lustrous appearance that improves over time.

The chairs are made to a scale of 1:4, sized to enjoy as a personal collection and to accommodate the detail necessary to make exact miniature copies. Hunt hand-carves each chair personally to exacting standards. Each miniature is stamped with type and edition numbers and constructed in a wood to suit the design.

The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 596-0084. To preview the show, visit dowlingwalsh.com/artisan-woodworkers/rodney-hunt.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.

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