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Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky. Family angel with one baby

Family angel with one baby. Wooden sculpture 23-26 cm. Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky
Angels that remind us the most important is the family. Mom, Dad and their baby. No matter, a baby or an adult, parents always want to hide him under the wing from all sorrows and difficulties, and the angel can do it. The angel can cover the whole family with wings and protect it.
Russian artist wood carver Nikolai Shiroky makes amazing angels from birch, oak, and other trees. Among these angel there are no similar, each is unique and waits for its owner. According to Nikolay, he simply can not help making angels – it’s not he who chose his work, but the work chose him.
Noteworthy, angels created by avant-garde artist Nikolai Shiroky have no face, but they have a mood. Everyone to whom they “fly away” from under the light hand of the master, believe that angels bring happiness. Traditionally, Nikolay created unique author’s works: furniture, boxes and other interior items. In fact, angels came to his life about four years ago, and, as the master himself says, it was a miracle. Engaged in wood carving for about 20 years, now in any piece of wood he sees an angel which he must create. At first Nikolai simply made angels as a hobby and gave them to people. And then the creation of angels from wood became his main work.

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

A couple of Angels saving from loneliness. Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

Look at these angels, how different they are! Large and very tiny, single, pair and for the whole family. There are angels with houses, lanterns, and boats… Creating his angels, Shiroky uses different kinds of wood. Even in one angel there are often several types of wood. For example, the angel from the apple tree, the halo from the birch, and the wings from oak.

Not far from the Muranovo holy spring, among birches and pines, in the cozy silence of village life there is a two-storey wooden house. About the fire, which a year ago destroyed the house of the master, including equipment and work Nikolai tries not remember and even not to look in their direction of the previous house.

The artist lives along with the red cat Ilya, and now works a lot: he needs to make 400 angels as a gift to the donors of funds the “Planet” and the “Old age for joy.” Moreover, he receives letters and orders, as well as invitations to exhibitions.

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

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