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Subject: David Esterly, 75, Master Carver Steeped in History and Nature in the tradition of the 17th-century English master Grinling Gibbons, dies of ALS, at 75. ...

June 15th
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Date Posted: Friday, June 28, 12:53:24pm

David Esterly, 75, Master Carver Steeped in History and Nature, Dies;
A self-taught artistís muse was a 17th-century master woodcarver for the English crown. Ö

David Jennings for The New York Times
By Katharine Q. Seelye
June 21, 2019

David Esterly, limewood carver, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at age 75.

Beloved by his family, friends, and the many who were touched and inspired
by his work, he asked that only these lines from W.B. Yeats appear in his obituary:

"By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!"

His woodcarvings were works of art, in the tradition of the 17th-century English master
Grinling Gibbons. One patron was the owner of this mantelpiece and mirror frame.

Some of Esterly's master work. ...

David Esterly was in London in 1974, walking with his girlfriend to meet her parents for the first time, when she steered him into St. Jamesís Church, Piccadilly, to see the intricate woodcarvings by Grinling Gibbons, widely considered one of the greatest woodcarvers in history. Esterly, an American who had studied at Cambridge University in England and was trying to figure out what to do with his life, had never heard of Gibbons and knew nothing of woodcarving.

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Donations may be made to the Chamber Music Society of Utica, the Trenton
Falls Association, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust or to Hospice & Palliative Care.

Burial arrangements by Owens-Pavlot & Rogers and Leon Atwell.

Published in The Observer-Dispatch from June 16 to June 23, 2019.

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Those pics posted of Esterly's brilliant work was amazing. (NT)What a legacy.Friday, June 28, 12:57:21pm

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