Now this figure carved by Conrad Hartz is truly a
unique one of a kind figure. i have owned and seen quite a few big
nose and ugly bum style figures but to me this guy is again one of the
best carved figures to come out of Conrad Hartz's workshop.
This is not a new figure as I have found out that it was previously
owned by Phil Jones ( photographer for the Vent Haven ConVENTion) and
that was about ten years ago and I am not sure if he was the original
The figure stands 40" tall and has only slot jaw. The carving on him
is fantastic. The shape of the nose and the closed eye and furrowed
brow are all indicative of Conrad's masterful carving skill. Look at
the different totally carved and positioned fingers on the hands!!
Just a great figure with many possibilities of performance.
After I acquired this figure, Conrad Hartz sent me
the story about building this guy. I think you'll enjoy it.
Dan..........The one-eyed bum was never supposed
to be. This is one of my earliest carvings. I was carving a
rough/tough guy for myself and had ordered what I know was the most
beautiful blue hand-blown German eyes. The eyes were the clearest and
prettiest hand crafted German eyes I had ever seen. The eyes came in
and the day I was to put the in the figure.....was very hot. The shop
was not air-conditioned and I was sweating. Anyway, I put the left eye
in the head and dropped the perfectly matched right eye onto the
cement floor. It shattered into a million pieces. I died a thousand
deaths because no two pairs of hand-blown eyes are as perfectly
matched as these were. So......I decided to close the right eye
permanently and reserve his nose crooked and give him a "stressed"
look to say the least. The hands were carved rather massive in style.
A Doctor that was a friend of mine from Columbia, SC came down and saw
him and immediately fell in love with him. He bought him and the rest
is history. Upon his death, he was sold to someone.....somewhere. Iím
glad to see him again.