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Portrait of Carl Dumke

Carl Dumke is self-taught artist, woodworker, sign maker, and hornsmith with the Honorable Company of Horners (HCH) guild. Over the past fifteen years he has studied artwork extensively across the United States and Europe.

Traveling throughout Western Europe he gained an appreciation for Renaissance and Gothic art, which is mirrored extensively in his early work. Upon returning to the United States, he studied arts of the trades at Colonial Williamsburg and began concentrating on styles associated with early American history.

He opened Grinning Fox Studios in 2006 and, fascinated with fledgling art in America, began to focus on 18th- and 19th-Century tavern and trade signs. In 2008, he became a member of the HCH and started studying hornsmithing and scrimshanding (scrimshaw), advancing to Master in 2014.

Dumke’s work has been featured in various publications and has won numerous awards throughout the United States and Europe. His wares have been featured in the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg and in historic homes in Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Valley Forge.

Grinning Fox Studios
5240 Little Woods Ln
Dayton, OH 45429
Phone: 757-848-3595

Carl Dumke has been selected for the following Directories:

Year: 2017, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Weaponry
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Ornamental painting
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
Biography updated December 29, 2017   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated March 24, 2015
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