Art: Self-Taught Sculptor

In 1915 Warren Wheelock was building himself a log cabin in the North Carolina mountains. He needed a pair of andirons. That was not too hard for a commercial artist who had designed glass ovenware, safety razors and compacts. He took two sticks of oak and whittled out a dachshund (for casting into iron). He liked his firedog so much that he kept on whittling, and by 1922 he was a full-fledged sculptor. On display in Manhattan's Robinson Galleries last week went a Wheelock retrospective show that started with the dachshund andiron, ended in 1940 with a crisp, stylized...

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