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He uses fallen cottonwood trees that he finds along New Mexico arroyos, first using a chain saw to roughly shape the animal. Then he begins carving with grinders, hatchets, chisels, knives, and other tools, and finally uses sandpaper to get a smooth finish. He glues on marbles for eyes, twine for hair, and broom bristles for whiskers.
Archuleta's work is highly sought after by collectors such as Warren and Sylvia Lowe of LaFayette, Louisiana, who selected the carvings pictured in this book and wrote a brief description of each animal from A(rmadillo) to Z(ebra). The text is written for children, who especially like Archuleta's work, but the book will be enjoyed by all ages and will be prized by collectors of folk art.
Archuleta's carvings are frequently depicted in art magazines but this is the first book to focus on him and his work. The publication of the book coincides with an exhibition of Archuleta's animal carvings which is traveling to a number of U.S. museums through 1999.
Presents wood carvings of animals in alphabetical order from alligators to zebras along with brief informative text about each.