The Mister and the Missus stand on top of my refrigerator, and they have been a part of my kitchen for many years. I think having a few non-functional treasures like these around adds warmth and character to any room, and I especially like these figures because to me they look like a cruder version of the people in the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic” (minus the pitchfork, of course!).
My people were each hand-carved from solid blocks of wood, with rounded straight arm pieces that were carved separately and attached with wooden pegs. Their facial expressions are serious but not as somber as in the famous painting. The paint is worn and faded but still shows the little details. The Mister wears bib overalls with a red handkerchief in his back pocket, has tiny buttons down his shirt front and heavy boots with lacings. The Missus has round wire glasses and wears her hair parted in the center and gathered into a tight carved bun. Her long dress has a pointed collar and buttons, and she wears a cameo brooch and an apron trimmed with lace. Somehow the very crudeness of the carving and painting is what gives these figures such “personality.”
They always make me want to smile.