Carved Articulating Snake (W34)

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Carved Articulating Snake

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Pine representation of a snake, carved and painted in various shades of green, with a red leather tongue.

Materials and techniques

Quebec pine; carved and coloured with waxes and finished with beeswax. The snake has a red leather tongue and a concealed bell in its tail. Blues, greens, red and yellow. The piece of wood is cut in two vertically except for the head and tail and temporarily glued together again. It is then carved and the colour applied and rubbed in. The segments are carved and separated along the cut line and articulated by leather which is held in place with glue and dowels.


length:  169.5cm
width:  9cm
height:  7cm

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On view

Short term loan for display in Great & Small: Animals in Craft at Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, 28/07/2018 - 14/10/2018.
  • Carved Articulating Snake, Howard Raybould, 1979, Crafts Council Collection: W34. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

In the context of my work it represents something about the way I feel 'qaulity' or whatever you like to call, should be present, or can be present in toys, or other areas that are often regarded as ordinary. Does that make any sense?