Voices from Russia

Monday, 16 September 2013

16 September 2013. The Golden Hands of Sergei Bobkov

00 Sergei Bobkov. Marmot carving. 16.09.13


Five years ago, master craftsman Sergei Bobkov from Krasnoyarsk Krai started to make animal figures from cedar chips. His first bird was a success, so he continued to work with this flexible, textured, and durable material, which also has many shades in its colour. The above carving of a marmot is one of his latest creations. One Sergei Bobkov is worth all the posturing pseudo-intellectuals in the world… and I’m not alone in thinking that way.




Monday, 2 September 2013

2 September 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… The Dignity of Labour… At the Forge in Contemporary Russia

00 Blacksmith Yuri Kulikov. Rostov Raion. Yaroslavl Oblast. 02.09.13


After my last post left a sour taste in my mouth (and in yours, too, no doubt), I wanted to find something clean, healthy, and positive to post about. In the image, we see blacksmith Valery Kulikov carrying out restoration work on a cross at his forge in the village of Shishkovo, Rostov Raion in Yaroslavl Oblast. Not only does Russia have the most up-to-date industry and technology, it’s preserving the old handicrafts, too. Now, that’s heartening to see on this Labour Day



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