"Bubby" Mooers was a carpenter by profession and became one of the
best crooked knife makers in Nova Scotia. He started carving handles in the mid
1950's for his father, a well known knife maker.
Bubby had his favourite carvings and would not part with them. After his death
from prostate cancer in 2002 he left instructions with his daughter to sell his "Lady
In Red" carving in an auction with proceeds from sales going to his favourite
His whimsical carvings were fun and brightly coloured. He carved figures of people
he respected. He carved Little Jimmie Dickens as a tip of the hat to one of his
favourite performers at the Grand Old Oprey. Dickens was known for his loud sequined
shirts. Although his carving often appeared rough it contained great detail as
in the shiny wet rain jacket of a fisherman. Bubby earned a dedicated following
and respect among his fellow artists and Maritime Folk Art collectors.
His laughter and stories became a favourite charm and memory
at folk art shows in and around his native Nova Scotia. His work
can be found in many collections
including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
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