Exhibit XIV

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1 October 2004 - 31 January 2005

Dedicated to our good friends and neighbors, Charles and Pearl Clark, worthy workers of wood in their own right.

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L'Esprit du Bois

    During my decade-long quest of stonelight in cathedrals and other churches throughout Europe and the United States, I have come to appreciate the multifaceted artistic nature of these sacred structures. Particularly appealing to me is the woodwork adorning the doors, pulpits, pews and choirs of many medieval European churches, be they large or small. Although I could have included in this exhibit artistic examples of wood from many countries, I have confined myself to some of my favorites from France, a country my wife and I have visited frequently over the years. Hence, the French title for this exhibit.

Choir Arm Rest Study #2, L'Abbaye de Brou, Bourg en Bresse. 2000 Charles A. Huckins

    In waiting for the light to enhance the objects of my exposures, I often have extra time to wander, wonder and admire the unbelievably expressive nature of the worked wood in these sacred places. Of particular interest to me are misericords - small carvings that often adorn the undersides of the seats in the choir. Like their stone cousins, the gargoyles and grotesques adorning the upper reaches, misericords are often more eccentric, personal, even secular creations adorning the lower, darker and less obvious nooks of a church. Viewing them for me is like looking through a window of time and communing directly with their makers, otherwise lost in the shadows of anonymity. It is a great pleasure, and privilege, for me to enable you to experience vicariously this "esprit du bois.".

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