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Anna Larkin
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For 73 years Anna (Johnson) Larkin was driven to carve--scattering wood shavings along the way. Anna Elisabet Jonsdotter began carving in Sweden when she was seven years old. At ten, she sold a carved horse for $10 to a sea captain. This sale inspired Anna to pursue her passion of carving. She continued developing her skills and became a famous Swedish wood carver. Oscar II, King of Sweden, purchased two models of horses from her for $25. She was asked by several schools to teach carving and Anna won many prizes and awards with her wood carvings.

In 1887, Anna Jonsdotter (Johnson) immigrated with her children to Kansas. Later she married John Larkin and moved to McPherson, KS where she resided until her death in 1939. Anna Larkin liked to carve hard woods, using primarily white pine and occasionally California sugar pine. An average carving took about two days. She would cut and saw out the rough shape and the next day carve the details with a paring knife. For finishing, she would rub the work with a piece of glass, followed by two grades of sandpaper.

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