1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 July Voice - Page 6

4 July , 1963

Woman Carves Model Horses From Redwood

Horses are her hobby . Not for riding or training , but just for looking .
Mrs . J . F . Redmon of Candler , N . C ., also known as Beni la Spalding , prefers the lifelife models which she carves from redwood .
Mrs . Redmon has been doing her sculptures of horses for the benefit of the public for about a year , but has been carving and perfecting her technique , entirely by the trial and error method , for some 16 years .
The process isn ’ t what you ’ d call a simple one . She begins with a live horse — she does only models of individual horses at the request of the owners .
She observes the animals , taking down body measurements and other notations , and takes color photographs from all angles . In order to get the coloring perfect , she cuts hair of every color on the animal and even takes her paint along and mixes it on the spot .
The actual carving of the redwood is the next step . The slender legs are then reinforced with dacron tape , cut on the bias , and painted with wood glue . This makes them unbreakable .
The muscles of the body are rounded out with papiermache and glue . The entire body is painted with three coats of wood glue .
The ears are made of leather , the eyes are glass , and nylon threads are used for the mane and tail . The eyelashes are of unborn calf skin .
The process is completed when the horse is painted with artist ’ s oils and mounted on redwood molding . This lakes about five weeks . Mrs . Redmon also does oil paintings of horses occasionally , but prefers to work with her sculptures . Mrs . Redmon and her son , David ,
4i / 2 reside with her parents , Mr . & Mrs . Arthur W . Spalding at Spalding Greenhouse on Monte Vista road in Candler .
Mrs . Redmon , who lias had no formal art training , plans a trip in the near future to the Potomac Horse Center in Washington , D . C ., where she will receive advice on her work .
Mrs . Redmon will be in Shelbyville during the Celebration and she will bringa model of son of old “ Gold Bond ”. This model will be on exhibition in the Voice Office , 1110 So . Brittain Street .
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