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About Harvey Paris and his Jewish Carving

Using only a hand held knife, Paris carves original religious designs on both wood and leather. What began as Jewish Wood Carving, has expanded to include leather, as well as carvings in the Christian and Muslim traditions. His works are now available to the broader Abrahamic community and on a much larger scale than ever before.

Whether you are interested in beautifully decorated religious ceremonial objects, original pieces of art for the home or work place or large scale projects suitable for a House of Worship or an Interfaith Chapel, Library or other public space, Paris can create a work of art that will be cherished for generations.

All Paris designs are original and copyrighted.Image result for copyright symbol    All photographs are by Anatoly Loshmanov.

Abraham's Gifts

Abraham's Gifts

Abraham's Gifts is actually a carved leather book. Photographed open, it is a 14 foot wall hanging.  The carving illustrates the teachings of Abraham and his impact on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Pictured are 14 completed carvings stitched together. Right to left, the carvings illustrate many of the seminal and shared beliefs of the three religions. The story is told historically from Creation, to Judaism to Christianity. Islam follows next.  Each individual carving is 11” x 14”.

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Isaiah Had a Dream

ISAIAH HAD A DREAM is a 2017 carving on a 30” circle of wood. As is implied by its name, it refers to the visions of peace of both the Prophit  Isaiah in Israel and to Martin Luther King in America.

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The Paris Carved Leather Scroll

Last year’s visits to DIA Beacon and Mass MOCA started me thinking about installation art. I immediately saw the possibilities of carving scenes from the Book of Exodus as a leather scroll resembling the Torah.

Phase 1 –The Burning Bush and the Etzei Chaim Wooden Staves
Size - The carving as shown in the photo is approximately 5 feet high X 7 feet long. Each section is tied tightly together for the photo, but the ties can be extended to create a size and shape that best matches the installation space.

Motifs - Right to left

I - In the Beginning (46 inches high X 12 inches wide)
II - God Remembers the Jewish People (46 inches high X 11 inches wide)
III - Burning Bush (46 inches high X 39 inches wide)
IV - Moses, Slow of Speech. Pharaoh, Hardening of Heart (46 inches high X 11 inches wide)
V - Seven Species (46 inches high X 12 inches wide)

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Revelation at Mt. Sinai

Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke, for the Lord had come down upon it in fire. The smoke rose like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled violently. Exodus 19.

This 2 foot by 2 foot carving pushes my “modern phase” even further. Except for the border, which utilizes traditional chip carving technique, most of the remaining cuts (mountain, sky and tent coverings) were carved utilizing non-traditional techniques which I believe created interesting textures and cuts that I have not seen before in chip carvings.

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Solomon
Memorial/Honorial Plaques

Since seeing Jewish Paper Cuts honoring the deceased, I wanted to create a Memorial/Honorial carving.  My first attempt is In Honor or In Memory of King Solomon.

“We stand before the Gates of Wisdom. The Doors of Justice are beginning to open. The presence of God, the Judge is revealed to us”. This is the center image of “The Wisdom of King Solomon”, a two foot by two foot carving completed in 2014.

Memorial/Honorial Carvings can be custom carved and priced according to size and complexity. Each carving will be a unique representation of the person being honored or remembered.

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Solomon
Carving for a Cause - Newtown and Mental Health

Harvey removed 26 chips of wood from the inside of a plate and reinserted them onto the outside to create Newtown 26, 2012.  This carving raised over $2500 for mental health services in Connecticut.

To date, he has donated over $6000 to support Jewish Family Service and its vital community programs.

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Arons (Arks) and Bimahs (lecterns)

I have been blessed to be able to carve arons (Torah arks) for Congregation Tehillah in Riverdale, N.Y., Choate-Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. I also carved the matching Bimah (lectern) for Wake Forrest.

 

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Ark Carved for Congregation Tehillah

Pomegranate Tree of Life Ark carved for Choate Rosemary Hall.

Photo courtesy of Choate Rosemary Hall.


Examples of Harvey's Work

Challah Board
Mezuzah-Shema
Box
Plaque
Challah Board
Mezuzah-Shema
Let My People Go
Shalom Plaque with Olives
Peace and Promise Grouping
Remembrance-Six Pieces.