Hitty Big and Small by Michelle del Valle

Michelle del Valle made her first wood doll at the age of ten and pegged her limbs with screws.  It was just the beginning.  In 2003, after many requests, she carved her first Hitty doll.

In 2005, Michelle and her husband Bernie started drawing up the plans for a life-size Hitty.  Logs were felled from the forests of the Crazy Mountains in Montana and the work began.

Big Hitty is a chainsaw carved peg wooden.  A Douglas fir log was used for Big Hitty's torso, lodge pole pine for the arms and Douglas fir logs for the legs.  Heavy distressing creates a worn and antique look.  Bernie helped drill and peg the arms and legs. Michelle's mother created Big Hittys clothing using antique lace.  Michelle and Bernie donated Big Hitty to the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society in Maine where she is the subject of much admiration and many photographs.

Photo of Big Hitty by Sue G of  The Northeast Hittys.  Follow Sue's Blogs;


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©Photo is by Michelle del Valle and is used with permission.

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