Ben Mansur has been a professional artist and craftsman since the late 1970s, making hand crafted wood doors and wood sculpture. In 1980 he purchased a woodlot in Harrison County, KY, from which most of the wood for his sculpture comes. Ben says he is “especially fond of Eastern Red-cedar.
Speaking of his sculptures, Ben says, “My cedar sculptures come from trees which I log primarily from south-facing slopes. The relative dryness of the soil of south-facing slopes produces dense, rich-in-colored cedar heartwood that is beautiful and extremely stable.”
In the 1990s, Ben began making some sculptures as actual bait, lures, and decoys. For his current project, entitled “Calling All Crows,” Ben is producing multiple woodcarvings of crows. He comments, “The decoys are intended to bring in live crows as well as the art audience.” He adds that though he keeps the form and dimensions consistent, no two are alike and the carving techniques, woods, and finishes vary from piece to piece.
Ben is a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program and has received an Al Smith Fellowship for his sculptures.
Works by Ben Mansur can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.