by Gerry Holzman
Review by Mike Bloomquist
First off, an apology to my readers (all three of you) for my sparse contributions to WOM over the past couple of years. I’ve been recently tempted aside by other activities. Hopefully my writing and woodcarving hasn’t suffered for it. Anyway, I hope this is a treat for you here on my return. This book, Us Carvers, by Gerry Holzman, was a bit hard to acquire, but, in the end well worth the effort. At Artistry In Wood about three years ago a fellow woodcarver dropped off a photocopied ad from Chip Chats announcing this book and describing it as an account of the auth or’s correspondence and friendship with the woodcarver Gino Masero. Not to snub the author, but it was his friend’s name that immediately caught my interest. In a previous review written for the book Elements of Woodcarving authored by Chris Pye, two of the final chapters were dedicated to carvers who had greatly influenced the author. Gino Masero was one of them. Unfortunately I did snub Mr. Pye in that review, because the one carvings in Elements that was noted specifically was a soulful piece of St. Francis of Assisi playing the violin (actually two sticks). I was eager for another view of the wood sculptor Masero.
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