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Jeff Barrett

Jeff Barrett

Jeff Barrett has worked as an artist most of my life. In the 1980s and 1990s,a wonderful and unique time in American craft, he was fortunate to work in a well-known art glass studio in Denver, Colorado.  After 20 years, Barrett nad his wife Cindy decided that it was time to make a change, so my wife and I moved to a remote setting along the Colorado-New Mexico border--an experience similar to living on a desert island. This is where I opened my own shop, Whistling Bird Designs, and continued developing an ecofriendly line of wood carvings and sculpture.

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Jeff Barrett has worked as an artist most of my life. In the 1980s and 1990s,a wonderful and unique time in American craft, he was fortunate to work in a well-known art glass studio in Denver, Colorado.  After 20 years, Barrett nad his wife Cindy decided that it was time to make a change, so my wife and I moved to a remote setting along the Colorado-New Mexico border--an experience similar to living on a desert island. This is where I opened my own shop, Whistling Bird Designs, and continued developing an ecofriendly line of wood carvings and sculpture.

After a 10-year stint in the southwestern hinterlands, we decided to make another move. So, with our three dogs and five cats, we moved to just outside of Belfast, Maine. Here, I continue to make my wood carvings, but with new inspiration from the Maine coast.

Using recycled wood from barns and sheds, along with found objects and hand-forged metal, I craft each piece, one at a time. These are my versions of antique paintings and vintage weathervanes. In my folk art and wood sculptures, fish, birds, dogs and cats, whales, and ships stand in as the actors on my "theater sets." To top it all off, I have a great time making my folk art pieces and I hope you enjoy them too!

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