Lobster Shacks – Kilduff Crafts

After all the movie art and talents I’ve shared of John Kilduff, I almost forgot to share what he did ” after” he retired. Growing up, I remember seeing his art tables at various craft shows around Baltimore in the 1970’s, and I have a few I would like to share. More are coming and I’ll work on getting the photos better.

The Tolchester, a ship in so small it fits into a calm shell.



I was looking on line and found several models of Lobster Shacks. John Kilduff would locate pieces of ” driftwood” and would create an entire scene on the piece of wood, allowing the wood and it’s shape to shape what the piece would look like. The detail of these pieces is amazing.


John Kilduff would stockpile all the pieces used to make the Lobster Shacks. Each tiny little piece was kept in several boxes he had and all the pieces were done by hand and stored until they were needed to make a Lobster Shack. Some of the Lobster Shacks were on small pieces pf “driftwood”, and might only have a small shack and a small boat on them, Each had laders and walkways on them, with piers and Lobster traps around them.


The houses were made and stored away, and later glued on to the pier, which was made by hand, The piers were held up by thin sticks which held up the houses and walkways.


Some of the more elaborate Lobster Shacks have two scenes on them. The one above has a scene at the top of the wood and another scene at the bottom of the wood, and a walkway that goes through a hole in the wood.


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