SIGNED by ARTIST IRENE BALLARD-BEAVER CREEK-BEAMAN IOWA
From research it looks like a local young man named Rick Sharp opened up a wonderful toy/wood carving shop in Beaman Iowa where he grew up in the 70's and called it " Wolf Creek" and hired many local "older" experienced artists to hand carve some wonderful statues and toys-folk art pieces-Uncle Sam, etc, and some like this great example if an Amish couple in full dress.
He caught on as their work was of such high quality but a fire destroyed original company and in 80's it became "Beaver Creek". It could possibly be the other way around, Beaver Creek where this set was made could be the earlier one, sometimes not sure which article is correct! But craftsmanship is superlative be it from the 70's or 80's! Very collectible pair. Shaker-Amish-lovely man and woman in highly detailed dress. The woman's hat fits nice and tight, much better than pic's I had it on wrong!
This is a fabulous pair, moveable arms, they stand nice and straight, they each have a hole in hand where maybe a plow once was.
Colors and carving are phenomenal, still have partial stickers so were probably just stored. Has the patina of folk art at it's best. Slightly distressed, muted colors, expert whimsical faces and very heavy. The ladies hat can be removed, the man's hat stays on ... read more