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JIM: The folk artistry of Mr. B.F. Chewning

A note: This is a dandy Jim Gem, but he's also diligently working on a longer piece, which may be released to the General Public later during this Sunday with CM. It's basically up to his personal muse, Clio, but CM is on standby. -CM

By JIM

This short article from the September 1, 1920 News about the folk artistry of Mr. B.F. Chewning. (Perhaps you could call upon CM's editor to whimsically ask if any of Mr. Chewning's blade-art still exists.)
Mr. B.F. Chewning of this place is very artistic in every thing he does, especially when he is using his pocket knife, the blades of which he keeps in perfect order. He is very fond of whittling, and usually keeps on hand a good supply of red cedar, and in whittling he invariably makes something either ornamental or useful: Butter paddles, tops for jars, imitation of the Red Eye Fish, charms and many other articles. He believes that when a man is occupying time, he should make something useful, and if he likes the pleasure of whittling, he gets that also.
(At the time this article was written, Mr. Chewning, a Civil war veteran, was a lad of 76. He crossed the river the latter part of January, 1933, two days past his 89th birthday.)

From Jim, proving ever again that Chance Favors the Prepared Mind - exactly why he was able to cover this timely Jim Gem, as so aptly described by his cousin, Historian Watson. And yes, folks, if anyone has information on Mr. Chewning's extant folk art, please apprise us. Who know's, you could have a fortune in your attic or on your parlor wall, just waiting for Antiques Road Show. - EW



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The folk art of B.F. Chewning: Knife and Fork



2012-03-19 - Slidell, LA - Photo by Kenny Davis.
BF Chewning carvings - Forks : Here are two pictures of some of my Great Great Grandfather, B. F. Chewning's, whittling art. These were given to me by my mother, Kathryn Davis, and my aunt, Margaret Clements. I read the Columbia Magazine almost daily and enjoy it. Thanks. Kenny Davis, 231 Constellation Dr., Slidell, La. 70458. Note the name "Anna" is carved on one of the forks. One fork has no name, and others have the name of the craftsman.

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Folk art of B.F. Chewning: Knives, forks, spoon



2012-03-19 - Slidell, LA - Photo by Kenny Davis. BF Chewning carvings - Spoon, knives, and forks : Here are two pictures of some of my Great Great Grandfather, B. F. Chewning's, whittling art. These were given to me by my mother, Kathryn Davis, and my aunt, Margaret Clements. I read the Columbia Magazine almost daily and enjoy it. Thanks. Kenny Davis, 231 Constellation Dr., Slidell, La. 70458 Note: again, the names on carvings - most with "BFC," one with the name "Mary" and the other no inscription.
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