About Harvey Paris and his Jewish Carving

Utilizing only a hand held knife, Paris carves pictures that tell stories on wooden and leather canvases that resonate with the Jewish soul. Whether as embellishments on ceremonial items (tzedakah boxes, challah boards, etc) or as pieces of art on their own, these carvings tell the eternal stories of the Jewish people in a modern expression.

Harvey's carvings have been featured in Chip Chats, the magazine of the National Wood Carvers Association. Please click on this link to read the article.

Please follow this link to learn more about Jewish chip carving and Harvey Paris, the artist.

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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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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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 Congragation Tehillah

Examples of Harvey's Work

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