HAND CARVED WOOD MOLDS [Takaan]
Papier Mache Wood Molds
For Sale

GENE and LINDA have been collecting Wood Molds, also known as Takaan, for fifteen years. Molds are unique, hand carved, sculptural wooden folk sculptures made as tools to produce papier-mache art objects. First, positive wood molds (patterns) were coated with wax release agents. Then starch-soaked paper totally covered each wood form. When dry, front and rear halves of paper shells - which mirrored the carvings - were cut off with razor sharp blades and rejoined. Seams were papered over and the papier-mache was decorated with paint and gilding. The process was repeated many times with each wood mold.

Naturally, most Takaan show signs of use such as knife cuts, cracks, checking, chipping, and other tool markings. These marks give a truly rustic charm and unique character to each piece. Cut marks are found along ears, arms, the tops of heads and around the foot of patterns. After papier mache artisans completed an order, they retired the wood carvings to storage. Fanciful Venetian papier-mache masks, for example, were derived from these original wood sculptures as well as many other ephemeral images used or displayed in annual festivals around the world. The molds reflect the fact that they have been a valuable tool in the hand manufacturing process, and now are cherished as a true and rare folk art.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio, sponsored the first American museum exhibition of these historical sculptures in 2002. That was complimented by a special collectors' exhibition at the Dearborn Campus of the University of Michigan in 2007. These wonderful carvings are appreciated and collected for their unique qualities and their long history.

We have lots more molds than are pictured! After all, we've been buying them for fifteen years! Quite a number are large! Some are major pieces! Shipping not included in prices. Large molds are not shipable. Pickup at CREEKSIDE. You might want to check our mold photos frequently for new ones!

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Sharp Dresser Penguin with Bowtie

Sharp Dresser Penguin with Bowtie

This handsome standing Penguin seems ready for any occasion -- well almost. His size makes him a great sculptural addition to any collection of art of collector of Penguins! Very good solid condition; minor tight wood separations here and there; fine patina.
Size 18.5"h.
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Price $325

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THE GREAT MICKEY MOUSE ! SOLD

THE GREAT MICKEY MOUSE ! SOLD

Mickey Mouse is a striking sculpture three-feet tall. His commanding presence would be a dominant focal piece in a Disney or Mickey Mouse collection. Excellent condition; small and tight wood separation on forehead.
Size 36"h x 13"w x 12"d.
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FROG WITH AN ATTITUDE

FROG WITH AN ATTITUDE

A fabulous VERY LARGE sitting FROG with a thoughtful expression!!
This very handsome and unusual fellow is big, strong and sturdy. Carved from one piece of wood the artist gave this guy a dramatic presence. He has big round, lidded eyes; a serious expression; four protruding bumps on his back alongside a spine-like shaping; and firmly planted feet. Incredible mold! In excellent condition with great surface patina. Knife marks for removal of the paper mache are evident on the frog.
Photo series available upon request.
Size 12" l x 6" w.
Price $200

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Ornate Open-Center Heart SOLD

Ornate Open-Center Heart SOLD

Beautiful Heart embellished with deeply carved, almost floral styling. Intricate carving all around. Great patina.
Size 8"h x 9"w x 1.5"d.
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Shy Bunny with Carrot

Shy Bunny with Carrot

This sweet, shy Bunny Boy has super raised long ears and cute big shoes. He is holding to his chest a big, fat, heavy-looking carrot. Nice condition; maker re-attached his right ear separated during usage, and he has a tight wood separation on his back.
Size 12"h
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Price $70

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Elegant Woman's HIGH HEELED SHOE - SOLD

Elegant Woman's HIGH HEELED SHOE - SOLD

Elegant WOMAN'S HIGH HEELED SHOE. A terrific MOLD with great patina! There are multitudes of fine knife cut lines from removal of the paper mache many times over. This LARGE and sculptural icon is OVERSIZED at 16 " long x 7"h x 5"w. It is the only shoe of its kind we have seen in our 15 years of collecting.

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Sweet Baby ANGEL with STAR

Sweet Baby ANGEL with STAR

BABY ANGEL Clutching a Star ! This lovely contented Baby Angel is smiling as she rests in her long gown with her prize star. She doesn't have her wings yet, but is undoubtedly a darling little Angel. There is a bit of paper mache residue left from the process along with a rich waxy brown surface patina making her an "eye catcher." She is carved from only one large piece of wood except for the top of her head. As you can see from the back photo view a piece of wood was carved separately to add the final sizing and shaping of her lovely hair. As a solid piece of wood, her body reflects a change in humidity and shows a check on her left side. A slice of wood from the top of her left foot's toes has chipped, but is no more than a bump she endured sometime in the past.
This Angel Child sculpture is 22" long x 11" high x 10" deep
ANGELS are one of the most sought after images in art and collectibles!
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Price $365

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Two Face Masks

Two Face Masks

Two wood molds which were used to make papier mache holiday and party masks. They are sculpturally contoured on the face sides and have flat back sides. They can easily be displayed on a wall. Excellent condition for both; nice patina.
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Sizes: A. 7.75"h x 5.5"w and B. 6"h x 5"w.
Prices: A. $45 and B. $35

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JOYFUL SANTA CLAUS !!!!! SOLD

JOYFUL SANTA CLAUS !!!!! SOLD

JOLLY SANTA CLAUS!!! An incredible rotund carving of Santa seated on a Ball. Must be for one of the kids! Look at SANTA'S expression and his arms high in the air. He is bursting with energy and exuberance!! Christmas is almost here. He is in absolutely excellent condition. The ball has a couple tight wood separations, and SANTA'S hand has one. SANTA was carved from one piece of solid wood but the hands and coat cuffs were pieced. He sits upon the separately carved ball.

SANTA shows deep knife cuts where the paper mache was cut off many, many times in order to replicate him in paper. These are mostly inside his arms, around his coat bottom and around his boots. Also! There are numerous small pieces of papier mache still attached to his body. They are a serendipidous find, and further exemplify him as an artistic sculptural pattern. SANTA is WONDERFUL! He is 23 inches tall including the 3/4 inch display base upon which he is secured. The base is 14" X 15" flat X 3/4" high. AND, SANTA has a wonderful polished surface patina!

PHOTOS available with overall views and details. Excellent condition and fabulous patina.

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Garden Bunny in Repose

Garden Bunny in Repose

Beautiful GARDEN BUNNY in Repose !!
This lovely and beautifully sculpted BUNNY wood carving was hand carved by the hand of an artist. Each photograph depicting her from all sides exudes her personality in portraiture. She is solid wood and was well-used in her productive lifetime. Deep grooves made by multitudes of tiny knife cuts show how the paper mache was removed countless times to make paper bunnies. THIS BUNNY IS LOVELY !! The natural soft brown surface patina was developed during the paper making process. The left ear lost some of its round tip as it succummed to the knife. She is a gem!
Size 7.75"h x 8"w x 4"d.
Price: $145

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Bunny Playing the Drum

Bunny Playing the Drum

Seated Bunny with a drum held between his legs. Unusual mold...he will sit comfortably on a chair, pedestal or table. Good, solid condition. Some repair by maker to left ear.
Size 20.5"h (tip of ears to toes).
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Price $210

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WINGED ANGEL CHILD Please Inquire Availability

WINGED ANGEL CHILD Please Inquire Availability

ANGEL CHILD ! This very young angel has a pensive presence with her sweet face, slightly smiling lips and tilted head. Her hair was deeply coiffed with a band behind the front curls and waves. She has a rich brown surface patina all over including her detailed wings. Note the multitudinous knife marks in the closeup photographs which indicate where paper mache replicas were removed many, many times from this wooden pattern. Two identifying marks were carved into the wood; the initials "PBA" and the numeral "3" appear on the back of her wings. These do not indicate the carver or paper mache maker, but the owner of the mold, and some other reference regarding the number.
ANGELS are one of the most sought after images in art and collectibles!
This Angel Child sculpture is 10"high x 12"wide x 6" deep. She is 15" high including the stand.
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Price $195

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Nesting Chicken

Nesting Chicken

Charming NESTING CHICKEN with a simple sculptural FOLKY form.
She gets her soft brown tones from the waxes used in the making of paper mache nexting chickens using her wood pattern. All hand carved wood in solid condition. Tiny chip missing from end of beak.
Siz: 8" high x 5.5" high x 3.75" wide.
Price: $35

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Decorated Bottle

Decorated Bottle

Charming small bottle, detailed images on both sides. Front side excellent condition; back side shows storage wear to surface - a decidedly interesting side! Pphoto available). Nice feel of great age.
Size 8"h x 4"w x 2.5"deep.
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Price $22

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Monumental Muscle Man

Monumental Muscle Man

Impressive and massive Muscle Man in relaxed standing pose. He is over-life sized and proportionately appealing. Excellent condition.
Size 72"h x 22"w x 15"d
Price $3500 Not shippable.

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Cactus Grouping

Cactus Grouping

Unusual Grouping of Cactus. Available singly, multiples, or entire group. The largest cactus cannot be shipped. Pickup at Creekside. All in excellent condition.
Sizes: A. Tallest 54.5"h, $650;   B. Second Tallest 29.5"h, $230;   C. Third Tallest 20"h, $120;   D. Fourth Tallest 12"h, $60;   E. Fifth Tallest 12"h, $30;   F. Barrel Cactus 18"h, $340;   G. Barrel Cactus 18"h, $340.

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Elegant Parrot on His Perch

Elegant Parrot on His Perch

Large Parrot in excellent condition and great patina. Mounted on wood stand.
Size 20"l x 4"w (bird size only)
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Price $185

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RARE Walking Turtle

RARE Walking Turtle

VERY, VERY RARE Walking Turtle with raised, turned head. He's lookin' around. We have seen only a couple turtle molds in fifteen years. Excellent condition! and good patina.
Size 3.5"h x 8"l x 5.25"w.
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Price $180

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Folky Little Round Hen

Folky Little Round Hen

Folky LITTLE ROUND HEN !!!
This sweet little chicken wood carving was hand sculpted as a pattern to make paper hens. It is solid wood and was used sparingly in its productive lifetime. Notice the few fine knife cuts as evidence of the paper mache removed from the wood body; look especially on the top of her head. Also the tip of her beak is just a bit shorter than when carved either from knife use or from being bumped. It is in fine condition with a charming appearance. LITTLE HEN'S rounded body is simplicity in sculpture! Size 8"h x 8"l x 5"w.

Price: $75.00

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SANTA CLAUS' HAND

SANTA CLAUS' HAND

SANTA CLAUS' HAND !! A fabulous Christmas Sculpture !! This warm Christmas greeting is obviously by none other than SANTA himself. This wonderful solid wood carving was hand sculpted as a pattern to make paper mache SANTA HANDS. This pattern was used time and again as seen by the tiny individual knife cuts (seen up each side and over the top of the finger tips) which removed the paper mache from this wood mold. Very good condition with a fantastic waxed surface patina! Front and back views illustrate the deft hand of the carver who designed this life-like traditional Christmas piece !!
Size 12.5" high x 7"wide x 6" deep
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Price $95

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Halloween Witch's Shoe

Halloween Witch's Shoe

Halloween WITCH'S SHOE !! This old hobgoblin's shoe is a wood carving hand sculpted as a pattern to make paper mache WITCH SHOES. The cut marks illustrate the process of cutting the paper along the seams to remove it from the wood mold many multiple times. This conjurer's footwear is extremely unusual. Note the soft molded shaping with short heel and bow tie closure. The sculptor added a piece of wood to each side to shape out for the width of the foot. This sculpture is solid wood and in very good condition. It has great surface patina as well as exhibiting much use, handling, and storage.
Size 13"l x 5"w x 5.25"h.
Set of Photos Available. Price $178

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Sculptural Bird Mask

Sculptural Bird Mask

This DRAMATIC and EXTREMELY UNUSUAL MASK was designed and carved by one of the most creative of craftsmen. Notice the bird's curvilinear bill as it shapes and defines this unusual MASK! For nearly two decades we have personally collected MOLDS...and also acquired them for other collectors. We have seen very few MASK molds in all these years; this is one of the finest MASK molds!

Excellent condition. There are no missing parts, wood checks, or repairs. Note the photographs to see that there are few knife cuts showing removal of paper mache from its body! ( some lightly seen with the naked eye on the bill's left side.) This marks the delicate and experienced hand of the paper mache cutter.

"Diverse papier-mache costumes, masks, and other ephemeral ceremonial items derived from carvings have enriched festivals and brightened holidays around the world. Some are pure fantasy, some fanciful and some are based on reality. A myriad of twentieth century seasonal images such as pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, skulls, witches, MASKS of all types, bats, cats, and other creatures were produced for wacky Halloween decorations." [p14 Exhibition Catalog Cleveland Museum of Natural History--available]

This terrific BIRD MASK sculpture can be hung on a wall (see photo of flat backside) or specially mounted for three dimensional viewing. Size 13.5"h x 7.5"w.

THIS WORLD FOLK ART FORM IS EXTREMELY RARE!! Here is an opportunity for even the most discerning collector to own a terrific sculpture - one of the BEST.

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Price: $825

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Statuesque Lady Bunny with Basket and Cabbage

Statuesque Lady Bunny with Basket and Cabbage

This handsome lady rabbit is the quintessential Mother in her long dress with apron over, returning from the garden with a basket of vegetables and a very large cabbage in hand. Very good condition; nice patina.
Size 17.75"h
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Price $275

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Water Cooler Pottery Mold ... One-of-a-Kind

Water Cooler Pottery Mold ... One-of-a-Kind

A LARGE and DRAMATIC pottery water vessel also used as a mold to make papier mache vessel shapes. This is a very unusual mold! Because of its large SIZE and gorgeous burnt-orange COLOR! it is beautifully suited to, and would make, a BOLD DECORATING STATEMENT in any home or office situation!
Size: 28"h x 21"inside center diameter x 19" diameter at lip.
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Price: $850 Not to be Shipped. Pickup at Creekside.

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Police Officer - Cop Please Check for Availability

Police Officer - Cop Please Check for Availability

Working Police Officer -- Friendly Cop. Very good solid condition; tight wood separation on left cheek.
Size 36.5"h (incl 1/2" wooden base).
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Price $540

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