(1944 - 2010)
|A stone mason and bricklayer by trade, Reynolds worked in a number of different jobs over the years. In 1990 he was out in the woods hunting and he cut down a tree that resembled a deer. He said he started carving "the minute I first saw things in pieces of wood." He did not use electrical tools and he took advantage of the natural shape of the branch to make his creations. Most of Reynolds work consisted of small figures engaged in various activities, and often featuring people he has met over the years. He played a flat-top and acoustic spanish guitar with the Coalstokers, a trio of local musicians specializing in country, folk and bluegrass music. His interest in music was evident in his carving. He carved Ashley MacIssac, Natalie MacMaster, Hank Snow, and many of his favourite musicians. Reynolds was also well known for his carved walking sticks which he believed helped people cope with their disabilities.
Reynolds Aulenback's carving of Hank Snow is in the Hank Snow Country Music Centre in Liverpool. His carving "Folk Art in Motion around the World" was on the poster for the 13th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival.
Ref: Nova Scotia Folk Art News, Fall 2000; The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Mark Simkins, 26 September 2001
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