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Who was Frank Schirman?
Aguillard
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Joined: Feb 28, 2007
Posts: 17
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-03-06 12:38 pm   Permalink

I have been collecting his carved Black Coral pieces for several years now, but can't find out anyhting about the man, and the history of his work. Can anyone help out?

Thanks in advance.


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5773
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-03-06 9:09 pm   Permalink

I love to google...so here is what I found for you.

About 2/3 down on the webpage is a book about the artist. It is #17286. You can click on the book to see an example of the inside. These are recently sold items but the page has tons of interesting items on it.
http://www.hawaiiana-shop.com/hawaiiana_store/solditems1.html

I don't know anything about the dealer of that book, so can't vouch for service, but you could always contact them off the home page here.
http://hawaiiana-shop.com/index.html

I noticed lots of sculptures on eBay....have fun shopping.




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Koolau
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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
Posts: 323
From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2007-03-16 12:23 am   Permalink

What are those sculptures made of? They can't actually be black coral - they're far too large and inexpensive. I always assumed they were upscale Coco Joe's - sort of the Lexus to Coco Joe's Toyota.

I've never seen one in person - they certainly look terrific in photos.


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3288
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2007-03-16 11:32 am   Permalink

I have a few frank schirman sculptures, and I don't think they're pure resin. They're much heavier than any Coco Joes I have.
They may, however, be resin that has been infused with black coral dust, which might give them more weight? I know the older Coco Joes did something similar with their 'lava' and olive coloured items, giving them more a ceramic composition.


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Aguillard
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Joined: Feb 28, 2007
Posts: 17
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-03-16 6:02 pm   Permalink

I found this on a Frank Schirman brochure recently.

"By combining black coral, from Hawaii's ocean floors, with other fillers, binders, and pigments, it is possible to artistically recreate these beautiful designs by Frank Schirman."


 
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