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Woodman's Sailor's Valentine

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 A family antique served to inspire Bernard Woodman (Born 1922)

to begin his first shell work in 1977. 
At the age of five, he was afflicted with a debilitating form of arthritis, leaving him permanently paralyzed, but with the use of his hands. Although Woodman designed and executed all of the intricate shell patterns himself, he enlisted Massachusetts artist Ralph Calhoon to paint many of the elaborate Valentine center illustrations, a collaboration which resulted in a number of much-sought Sailor's Valentines. 

Bernard Woodman died in 1986.

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