|SANTA HELPER CARVING|
|SANTA HELPER AND PIPE|
This whimsical carving is a robust-full figured carving approximately 8 inches tall. It was not only carved by Frederick Hyatt, it was painted by him in its red, white, and black Santa colors.
|SANTA HELPER AND ELF LIKE SHOES|
It is all one piece from the bottom platform to the tip-top of his hat. The wood being basswood.
|FULL BACK VIEW|
Mr. Hyatt was a folk carver and artist that went fairly unnoticed during his life time. He lived meagerly in his old age and was bound by a wheelchair. He lived in an old trailer in what he referred to as a trailer park consisting of about twenty trailers. This park was located in an urban setting. I knew him for a short time and then lost track of him.
|CARVING MARKS DETAIL|
Below is the bottom of the platform where he signed his signature and address in Lansing, Michigan. His title of the piece runs up the side.
I thought this little Santa expressed Hyatt's joy for Christmas. It exemplifies the idea that life is what you, alone, make of it. May your holiday be a pleasant one.