This is Mr Boris Khechoyan, Master Woodcarver (I borrowed the image from his web site):
His story is compelling. I encourage you to visit his web site and read the amazing story behind the man.
I first noticed Khechoyan’s large Vineyard carving at the window, while photographing the Czeck Edge display at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in St Louis this past weekend:
I did not manage to get a good quality photo of Vineyard. But here it is, in a high-resolution photo supplied by the artist:
Later I met the artist. He is the man helping Dr. Kent Adkins become an accomplished carver. Here is the detail photo of the period highboy made by Adkins, and on display in his shop during the Event:
I spent time photographing Vineyard, without luck. Just before Sandy and I left, Khechoyan came into the shop and picked up his wonderful carving. We spent a few minutes together; I asked him if he “happened” to have other works with him, and he pulled an amazing icon from his shirt pocket. I was immediately in awe at the detail in such small icon. It depicted Jesus on the cross, with detail impossible to describe in simple words; it was similar to this one:
Upon returning home I contacted Khechoyan, and asked him if he would mind if I published some of the body of his work on this blog. He graciously agreed; and he even provided the high-resolution photos I publish in the Gallery below. Click on the images to enlarge the images, as they will reveal the stunning detail of Khechoyan’s work.
Thank you, Boris Khechoyan, for sharing some of your stunning images for publication here.
If you are interested in contacting Khechoyan, the following is his contact information, from his web site – note the new shop address:
6026 Lloyd Ave
St.Louis ,MO 63110