The Horse Carvers
Andres does lovely, small sized horses in a gently animated, merry-go-round horse pose, with curved necks and gracefully arched tails. He typically uses the more lustrous stones including mother-of-pearl, gold-lip mother of pearl, lapis, spiny oyster and turquoise. Andres loves the understated elegance of red coral for the eyes and with irregular stones, such as spiny oyster, uses front/backside color variations to exquisite effect.
Travis's hyper-realistic horses are dynamic, fiery stallions, often caught at the end of a gallop, with legs bent, and mane and tail flowing. Their proportion is often exaggerated for maximum artistic effect, and Travis revels in the use of curvaceous lines. While he prefers realistically colored stones such as Picasso, black marble and jet, he sometimes uses more colorful stones such as jicarite and fluorite. His trademark eyes of jet and turquoise pierce you with their intense stare.
Carol does warm, static little horses that frequently have a blaze and helping hand, a symbol of friendship between animal and man. Her carvings might be a single horse or a united group of two three, four and even five, standing or nuzzling one another, summoning the gentle cooperation of a pacific herd. Carol has a wonderful talent in capturing an authentic profile and horse shape. She is a very prolific carver, and limits herself to carving just horses. She prefers stones such as Picasso marble, serpentine and jasper, and from time to time, turquoise and rainbow calsilica.
Hubert's highly tender horses are uniformly carved in grey/silver blue mottled soapstone, which lends a realistic and gentle aspect. He loves mare/foal pairs, where the mare is often turning her head downward to nuzzle her foal, or the pair may be peacefully lying down together, with their legs tucked under themselves. It is the generous temperament of horses that captivates Hubert. Eschewing modern electric tools like Dremel tools that many of the other carves use, Hubert likes to carve the old fashioned way, using only files, knives and hand polishing. It is for this reason that he carves in soapstone, as he needs a soft stone.
The Laiwakete Family
The Laiwakete family of carvers include: Donovan, Kenric, Fernando, Carlton, Bernard and Rodney. What unites these carvers is a well defined, distinct and highly stylized aesthetic. Many people fall in love with the Laiwakete's joyful, contrastive play of colors in the materials they choose. Rodney's horses are angular with slightly fanned tails and incised manes, where the visual emphasis falls on multi-colored heartlines and flashy, ornamental bundles, in which the arrowhead can be so pronounced as to rest on the arch of the horse's neck. The family typically tends to choose non-realistically colored stones such as spotted serpentine, or highly patterned dolomite, and heartlines--single, double or even triple-- are often inlaid with as many as five different stones.
Chris carves engaging, stocky little horses that have a solid, sculptural quality. They have wide, non-dished faces with prominent cheeks and thick, curved necks. Standing on solid limbs, with bold, hard hooves and strong joints, they are horses of rugged endurance. Chris takes joy in carving the mane and tail with stylized detail. He typically carves in realistically colored stones such as Picasso marble.
Raybert's dainty little horses are carved on a stand, made out of the same stone as the horse, and may often have a turquoise, mother-of-pearl and coral sunface inlay design in the middle of the back. Raybert's equines have short yet agile legs and oblong, barrel like bodies, with the tail and mane being the carver's attention for flourish. Typically these horses have slightly raised tails, and full manes that gracefully fall on both sides of the neck.
Andres does pert, stationary horses that stand proudly at attention, with ears forward. Their flowing, full-length tails fall gracefully behind them, giving them a stately air. Andres likes to carve in realistically colored stones like jet or dolomite.
Well known for his fantastic, detailed carvings of bears, frogs and turtles, Herbert's horses are bold and all-masculine, typically portrayed in dramatic action poses, such as rearing up on hind legs, with forelegs striking out, and manes and full tails billowing. Herbert prefers to carve his horses in Picasso marble.
Similar in sensibility to Herbert Him, Clive's horses are commanding and gallant, with a composition suggestive of a draft horse. Clive's horses have defined tails and manes and strong, robust bodies. They valiantly charge ahead, with ears back in a triumphant display of vigor and determination. Clive also carves in realistically colored stones such as Egyptian marble.