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Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
"The best four hours of fun..." Sunday afternoons
August 6, 2017 & August 5, 2018

Our 2012 Poster features the work of Mae Workman

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Mae Workman folk artist folk art carving mae workman's noah's ark mae workman's carved leopards mae workman's carved leopards
mae workman's carved animals Mae Workman's carved raccoons
Mae Workman carvings Mae Workman paintings
Mae Workman's carvings of people Mae Workman carved moose
Mae Workman sculpted man Mae Workman's carved farm animals Mae Workman carved rooster
Mae Workman's carvings of owls Mae Workman's feature art 2012
Mae Workman, Nova Scotia Mae Workman whittles

Mae Workman was born in Nova Scotia and currently lives on Mount Hanley, near Middelton. When she married her husband Tom they moved to Quebec, returning in 1997 when he retired. Inspired by her brother Wallace Banks, she began carving. Mae was already an accomplished painter, but using a knife was new, and she reports cuts and even stitches early on.

Few women carve. Mae does 3-D figures as well as shallow relief. Close observation of the birds that come to her feeders and live in the nearby woods inspires her carvings. Owls are a favorite. Other animal favorites are teams of horses and oxen. She makes all the harnesses from leather, making sure the bits and yokes are accurate.

Among the pieces Mae plans on bringing to the 2012 Festival is a Noah's Ark. Hers has 142 pairs of animals, which may be a world record! She most often uses pine, but for the Ark she used wood from the catalpa tree.

Mae also carves people, often in comic poses. Her new piece Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox combines her talents for carving and painting both animals and people. It was selected for the 2012 Folk Art Festival poster and will be the last piece to be auctioned on Sunday afternoon.

Garry Woodcock photos

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