Andy Anderson

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
AndersonAndy
Lifespan
1892 – 1960
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Wood carver
Heritage
Swedish
Medium
Wood, paint, mixed media
Statement
He wrote in his book "One day a cowboy rode in from Wyoming, who was the homeliest man I had ever laid eyes on. All the rest of that day I could see him in my mind and thought, 'What a good character he would make for a wood carving!' He was my first model, and this was my first attempt at carving a likeness of anyone. The figure of this old weather-beaten cowpoke turned out real good (much to my surprise) and from then on I started carving characters." [Retrieved on 9/13/17 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._S._"Andy"_Anderson]
Biography
Herbert S. Anderson (October 7, 1892 – August 20, 1960), known commonly as H. S. "Andy" Anderson, was an American woodcarver, one of the recognized masters of 20th-century woodcarving, most famous for Scandinavian flat-plane style of woodcarving and caricature carving. Anderson was born in Chicago in 1892, to Swedish immigrants Charles (Carl) Anderson and Matilda "Tillie" Lindbloom, who had married in Nebraska in 1891. When he was a teenager he moved with his family to Turret, Colorado. At the age of 16, he left home to work as a cowboy. While he was out working as a cowpoke earning a meager $30 per month he began to develop ideas for wood carved characters. In 1927, Anderson moved to California to be near his parents. His figure carving began to develop as he was creating characters of the Old West. He began carving full-time and earned a respectable living through the 1930s. During World War II, most of the items Anderson carved went to high-ranking officials in the U.S. Army and one was even given as a gift to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce [Retrieved on 9/13/17 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._S._"Andy"_Anderson]
Geographic names
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