Monday, January 27, 2014

Once again, This is what we make dolls

Hello everyone: We received a lovely e-mail today from a nice lady in Russia who is a big fan of our work. She finally got her doll today she has been waiting for and we just had to share her excitement, happiness and joy and her wonderful e-mail she sent to us.
We receive E-mails and reactions like this all the time which is why we make our dolls but this one is a very special one as you can read.
Thank you Svetlana! This made our day!
Best Wishes; David & Paul

David and Paul, Hello!!
Tonight I came to Your doll!!!! I am very happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It surpassed all my expectations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pictures convey only 15% of its beauty , grace !! She unearthly beautiful creature!!
And You with Paul geniuses. Earthly genius :))
How can I ever thank You for the joy and happiness that You gave me?
I still can't believe I'm holding THE DOLL in his hands!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the card, it's beautiful!!!
Please email me your address, I want You to send a small souvenir from
Russia. Please let me do it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!
I cannot Express my admiration for Your TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be happy and healthy!!!!! And let Your hands these unearthly
Best wishes , Svetlana.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Recent Restoration work

Hi Everyone....I have been working on a very extensive and difficult restoration on a late 18th century English wooden torso for a private collector. What a mess the dolls torso was and she was also missing her arms and legs. I actually could not believe it when I unwrapped her and saw the state she was in! Paul said OMG it’s the Stump of Horror!
We have a feeling that when she lost most of her face years ago, that someone decided to try to be "creative" and gouge out a mouth for her, since a late doll of this period would never have a detailed or carved mouth, just flat wood in the mouth area with a subtle bump of plaster where the lips would be painted. What they managed to do is make her look like she was howling in horror! It was a job and a half to fix this one but I did and I am very pleased with the results. I was able to match up her original paint colour (what was left of it at her mid torso) so that was quite a difficult but good thing as well. Paul did his usual amazing job carving her new and proper arms and legs as well. I am particularly pleased with the patina match up on these as well.We are very pleased with the restoration and though everyone might like to see the before and after's. The doll looks quite pleased with herself also, the very happy owner thinks as well.

Best Wishes: David & Paul