Wood Stamp Carved Collectables
Richard Bryne knows stamps. This artist not only carves wooden stamp collectables but also delivered stamped mail for over 30 years. This retired USPS mail carrier now carves his own one foot three inch wooden stamp art pieces. Though, Richard no longer sells his carvings due to the overwhelming demand he could not meet, they are still noteworthy.
The artists first stamp was carved in 1985. His first carved stamp was a replica of the Register and Vote stamp from 1969. The handmade wonder was donated to Illinois's Postal Training Academy. Richards process of carving is almost 100% hand made. The only part of his process that uses a machine it to create the solid one food three inch square that he uses as a canvas for his carving.
Richard's medium is Jetlutong wood. This special wood comes from Malaysia. He chose this wood because of its weightless and grainless quality. The texture of this wood is solid and uniform. He can spend anywhere from four hundred to five hundred hours on any given carving. This totals to five or six hours every single day.
Since stamp designs are copyright, Richard only donates his stamps. He is currently carving the six values of the 1901 Pan American. Richard plans on installing this work in the National Postal Museum. He is waiting for the Museum to accept them. Richard's unique stamp work embodies the heart of American postage.