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Maine is a haven for artists of many types. Painters and carvers, pottery and basket makers, weavers and glass blowers, musicians and actors, photographers and jewelry makers, sculptors and needle workers, wood and metal workers, leather and bead workers abound throughout the State. Washington County itself, especially along the coastal route U.S. 1, boasts many fine artists, galleries, studios, & arts and craft shows.
The Puffin Pines carries a variety of work by Maine artists and artisans. This section of the web site contains a variety of original wood carvings. New work will be added periodically. All works of art in this section are made in Maine.
Hand Carved Puffins by Roland J. LaVallee, Crow Tracks
Since he was a young boy growing up in central Connecticut, Roland LaVallee has been carving wood. It was not until he moved to down east Maine in 1977 that he started taking his talent seriously. Working in a tourist town along the Maine coast, he soon found that his woodcarving talent had possibilities for generating income. He carved part time for about 15 years to supplement his income, while he worked full time to satisfy family responsibilities.
Mr. LaVallee started marketing his work in the early 1980s, about the time primitive decoys were popular. After years of dedication, his part time business blossomed into a full time occupation. Mr. LaVallee now carves daily, creating a variety of wood carvings with birds being his most common item. Indications of the high quality of Mr. LaVallee’s wood carvings include hand made bird feet and eyes, carved-in eyes, and burnt-in signatures. His customers come from throughout the USA and from Canada, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.
The photographs above show four of Roland LaVallee's exquisite hand carved puffins in two profile views.
Medium Sitting Puffin (approx 7" long by 3" high) $ 75.00
Large Sitting Puffin (approx 10" long by 4" high) $167.00
Standing Puffin on stick (approx 8" high plus base) $ 110.00
Standing Puffin on two legs (approx 9" high) $167.00
The photographs above show three of Roland LaVallee's exquisite hand carved puffins in two profile views.
Small Flying Puffin on stick (approx 6"x6"x6" plus base) $105.00
Small Standing Puffin on stick (approx 4 1/2" high plus base) $50.00
Small Sitting Puffin (approx 5" long by 2 1/2" high) $60.00