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Comedy Duo

Laurel & Hardy-LeadCarvings pay homage to two real-life caricatures

By Floyd Rhadigan

Even as carvings, funny men Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other! And I hear their signature tune, “The Dance of the Cuckoos,” in my head every time I carve them. These carving are my homage to the slapstick duo who took the film industry by storm from the 1920s through the 1940s. The pair appeared in 107 films. Stan Laurel, the tall, thin, clumsy Englishman, played the perfect foil to the heavyset American, Oliver Hardy.


• Basswood, 3″ (76mm) thick: Hardy, 3 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ (83mm x 16.5cm)
• Basswood, 2″ (51mm) thick: Laurel, 2 3/4″ x 6″ (70mm x 15.2cm)
• Acrylic paint: black, grey, red, blue, yellow ochre, tan, burnt sienna, burgundy, raw sienna, green, white; DecoArt Americana: uniform blue

• Bench knife
• Detail knife
• Micro gouge: 5mm
• #3 gouge: 1/2″ (13mm)
• #7 gouge: 3/8″ (10mm)
• #9 gouge: 3/16″ (5mm), 1/4″ (6mm)
• V-tools: 1/8″ (3mm), 3/16″ (5mm), 1/4″ (6mm), 1/2″ (13mm)
• Paintbrushes


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