The Critters
           Several years ago the first Critters were created as Christmas presents for two of my best friends.  At that time I was highly skilled at banging nails into walls for 2D art installations, but not with constructing things out of wood.  These first Critters were high-spirited and delightful albeit a tad wobbly on their legs.  The next year, two more Critters popped out of the studio and headed to the same household.  They were also tottery on their hooves but eager to play.  Eventually, by growing popular demand, a whole menagerie of Critter sculptures, tables, lamps, and lidded boxes emerged from the studio, spreading good cheer, warmth and humor wherever they went.
          In the process, construction skills improved, with great thanks to woodworking advice from neighbor John Frazenberg (AKA The Animal Doctor) and father Carl Blazin.  Each good-naturedly and tirelessly trouble-shot the logistics of getting this tail to pop off in that direction and that head to swivel just so.  They were marvelous.  Both are gone now and greatly missed.  I’ll always be eternally grateful for their willingness to be a major part of my learning curve.
           These low-maintenance pets made from found lumber and hardware continue to be great fun to make and a pleasure to share.  Many shown here are already adopted by spirited, fun-loving folk.  The rest are actively looking for new homes.  So, beware:  They’re out to capture your heart!
1st Generation Critter and my studio mascot
wood, paint, hardware, and playfulness (c) 1988
9-1/2”H  x 10”W x 10”D
MacSharpie II
51”H x 26”W x 26”D
wood, paint, hardware  (c)
Lives and sheds light in the California Gold Country
wood, paint, hardware, and spunk  (c)
38”H x 13-3/4”W x 30”L
Cavortes full-time in New Jersey
Note:  Trixie’s head swivels 360º so she
won’t miss any of the action.
Fanny Fox
31”H x 38”L x21-1/2”D
wood, paint, hardware  (c)
Lives and plays in exciting downtown Healdsburg, CA
 Ms. Britanya
wood, hardware, paint, and and undiluted charm
22-3/4”H x 5-1/2”W x 11-3/4”L  (c) 2004
Dolly Dachshund
wood, hardware, paint, and good cheer
9”H x 5”W x 19”L  (c) 2004
Lady Tennison
wood, hardware, paint and verve
37”H x 9”W x 16-1/2”D
Mady Madi-Gras
lidded box
wood, hardware, paint, and  playfulness
7-1/4”H x 10-1/4” x 10”D