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Posted 6 years ago


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Made by John Kozimor over a 30 year period. He used a razor blade and made it out of cigar boxes. He finished it in 1949. One of my favorite pieces! If you would like to discus this furthur. Email


  1. Grendelking Grendelking, 6 years ago
    That's very impressive. 30 years? Wow.
  2. cindyjune cindyjune, 6 years ago
    Wow, that is incredible!Imagine the patience it takes to do something like that.
    I'm impressed!
  3. Rhonda, 6 years ago
    I see a Swiss influence.
  4. CliffordW, 6 years ago
    There is a Euopean enfluence. The artist made the church from his childhood memory of a church in his hometown in Poland. He immagrated to America and started making his church in 1919. The last addition to the church which he did in 1949 was adding the tiled (linoleum), flooring to resemble the marble flooring of the church he remembered.
  5. shipshape, 6 years ago
    A masterpiece! A fantastic work of art.
  6. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Wonderful piece of Tramp Art . A very tedious skill and a lost art . The name came from Europe settlers in US that were called wanderer's so the story goes , I think they had created a Folk art that is amazing whoever they were . They honed this art to make money and they made some spectacular pieces of intrigue art . Love it and Thanks for sharing . Also carries a high price tag on market today . Thanks for Sharing !
  7. CliffordW, 6 years ago
    Dear Manikin,
    Thanks for the post. Just for your information the name tramp art has no connection to the craft. It was given to the art form in the 1960s well after its decline in this country.The fact that tramp art might have been sold or traded has not been ascertained through scholarship to a large degree. There are examples that have a suggestion that they were made for sale but that is a very minor aspect compared to the vast majority of the items found. Only a couple of documented artists out of the hundreds of makers found were making tramp art as indigenous or with non sedentary backgrounds. Most pieces were made by working class men as a hobby for family, friends and lovers evidenced by the numerous hearts carved on many examples. Many were given as gifts. Although the form has been thought to have originated in Europe there is no concrete source to prove that suggestion. There were no written patterns found that would account for the spread or origin of tramp art and pieces found in the USA were as old or older than ones found in Europe or elsewhere. The fact that our understanding of the art form is evolving and additional scholarship is being advanced are both elements necessary to better understand who these wonderful carvers were. Currently there are 5 books, my new book, A Legacy in Tramp Art is due out in early 2012, which deal exclusively with tramp art and there is a documentary film, Westbound, made about the art form so there is plenty for the collector or enthusiast to choose from to get a broader understanding of whom these wonderful carvers were.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Thank you Clifford for sharing all that great information on Tramp Art . It is truely a master piece . In my little knowledge of it I did know that it was often made for a loved one . I will watch for your book and documentary film when it is available . I have only seen one piece in person and not nearly as magnificent as the one you have shown . I appreciate all the skill and carving it took to make these . Please post when you book is available . And Thank you again for sharing your expert knowledge we all learn that way by exchanging information .

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