Genuine green sea glass and pebble birds collected from a beach in the central coast of California arranged into a mixed media collage. Indian ink used to make outline of tree. Framed and matted in a 9 x 7 outer dimensions in a chocolate brown wood frame.
Stockschnitzler Simmons (active 1885-1910) German immigrant who wandered on foot from farm to farm and tavern to tavern, a pack of canes on his back. Although his given name remains unknown, he had two nicknames, der alt (the old one) and der Stockschnitzler (the cane carver). Simmons' was a self taught artist whose most noted masterpieces are his bird trees. (ills. 1-4) Their bases are usually square wooden blocks, into which he inserted a sassafras sapling.