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A true one off, striking feature and statement carving, made by the very best of figurehead carvers

She was originally commissioned for a client of Mr Whiteheads, and now luckily in our hands

Secured to be suspended to float overhead, graceful and elegant

Jack Whitehead’s woodcarving career began by accident. When, in 1944, he was working as an aircraft rigger during the Second World War, he almost lost his right hand. Doctors suggested that he would need extensive physiotherapy to build up the muscles, and carving was found to be the ideal solution. Woodhead discovered a natural talent for it. Over the course of the next half-century he developed and refined the almost lost art of traditional ship carving and, with his colleague Norman Gaches, was one of the first modern-day British carvers to re-establish the carving of ship’s figureheads.

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