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Izannah Walker Inspired Hand Carved Wood & Cloth Boy Doll 10" By Hitty Artists For Sale
~~Meet Little Charlie~~
I have always wondered why there are so few boy dolls made – in any style. I suppose little girls are more interested in girl dolls because they can dress and redress them in fancy frocks. I remember a friend’s daughter once showing me her collection of Barbie dolls – of which she had many – and her one Ken doll. When I asked why there was only 1 Ken she replied “Because you only need one of them.” I guess Ken was a polygamist in her collection because she said he had married them all! I also noticed Ken only had two outfits – a suit and pare of Hawaiian shorts.
Apparently the same was felt about Izannah Walker boy dolls back in the day. It is very difficult to find photos of them and I suppose most have long since fallen in to disrepair and as fewer were ever made, that too would add to their rareness. Last summer I decided to make a young boy Izannah inspired wood and cloth doll but never got around to finishing him. This style of painting takes many days to create because of all the thin, thin layers of paint, stain, sanding and finish. Each layer must dry before the next can be worked on and this makes the process a sloooow go! Then the body and clothing…. Poor little Charlie’s head has been sitting on my desk just waiting for a body for nearly 8 months :-( So at last he is done and ready to meet his new family (where I’ve assured him he will probably have many sisters :-)
I have hand stitched Charlie’s shirt, trousers and hat from local cotton. His bow tie snaps in the back so it is easily removed. Charlie’s body is made from muslin and his second skin from cotton. Both were hand stitched as well He is signed and dated on the back 6/2012 as that is when his head, hands and feet were completed. Charlie is made from Acacia wood and was hand carved by my husband/partner Ae and designed, dressed and painted by me, Holly. He stands 10.5 inches tall and comes w/ his favorite pull-toy fox Benny who was carved by Ae and his teddy bear Jack (who was made by me.)
If you have any questions, please contact me. If you’re interested in reading more about us, take a look at the October digital issue of Dolls Magazine pgs 48-53.
We ship via Registered First Class International mail. The cost is $13 and takes about 14 working days. We can also ship express mail which costs about $30 and takes 4 to 8 working days. Payment is expected and appreciated w/in 2 days of the sale ending and we will ship w/in two working days. Our dolls come from a smoke free but dog loving home. That said, the poochie bellas are not allowed in the doll studio.
We get a lot of questions about us and our dolls. Ae and I have been collaborating on wood projects since 2004 and started making dolls for other people in 2008. In 2011, my dear friend Janice suggested that Ae and I make Hitty dolls and sell them on . To be honest, I had never heard of Hitty. I Googled a few photos and decided I really wasn’t crazy about that doll and we also weren’t used to making such tiny dolls. Janice convinced me I would at least like the book Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, so I read it. And she was right! I completely fell in love with Hitty. All I wanted to do was make Hitty dolls and take them traveling around the world and tell their tales. So that’s how we got started in the making of little dolls….
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Izannah Walker Inspired Hand Carved Wood & Cloth Boy Doll 10" By Hitty Artists : $168