Historic Woodworker Videos #45: Gus Baumann with the Spark of Wooden Puppets

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 04-17-2020 12:23 PM 494 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a tribute video to Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) and his woodblock prints and his pursue of wooden puppets. This German-American sought out a peaceful life as a woodworker and embraced local traditions in activities that his whole family could enjoy. I am reposting this video because it brings me joy.

In the end, it is hoped that you see Gus Baumann’s talent as a total artist. In this age of online avatars, quarantine, and computer fantasy games, Baumann’s life was refreshing to see the woodworker set aside his profit-making and pursue the pleasure of a puppet performance in his New Mexico community – teaching his neighbors a small lesson in morality.

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-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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