Renowed sculptor Ira Chaffin calls Bimringham home and last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting him in his Chaffin Carousel Carving School (www.irachaffinsculpture.com). He's moved from being above Dave's Pub in Historic Five Points at corner of 20th Street South and Highland Avenue South, to 1/2 block away in lower level of Hassinger Daniels Mansion, 2028 Highland Avenue South, which he and his wife are restoring. It is a wonderful Victorian 1898 home they're converting into a Bed and Breakfast. He apologized for the present state of his carving studio due to the construction, but my friends and I didn't mind a bit. We spent a delightful hour getting a tour, which included much of his work, as well as pieces from his carousel animal carving school as well (www.chaffincarouselcarvingschool.com). Today's posting is the Artist and two of his sculptures. There will be many more photographs to come!
I have lived in Birmingham most of my life. I think it's a beautiful, friendly, and interesting place to live. I hope that my daily photographs portray the diversity of my hometown in a positive and artistic way.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.