Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman began producing carved wood bas-relief wall panels in 1959. The first group of designs that Evelyn created included the St. George and the Dragon piece shown below. In order to keep up with the demand and speed the production process, they used a spindle carving machine to rough out the designs, then each piece was hand-finished by a carver to produce an authentic handcrafted look. One of the clients they designed woodcarvings for was Panelcarve, which later became known as Forms+Surfaces and still exists today. You can read more about the Ackerman's work on their site here.
Left: Bird redwood door panel for Panelcarve, ca. 1960's, 5' 3" x 21" x 1.75", Design One ($4,800 at post)
Center: Floral redwood door panel for Panelcarve, ca. 1960's, 5' 3" x 21" x 1.75", Design One ($4,800 at post)
Right: Flower girl wall panel, ca. 1962, 24.5" x 9", ModCats (sold)
Riders wall panel, 1964, 9" x 29", Bonham's, Los Angeles (sold for $976 in 2009)
Bird carved wall panel, ca. 1960's, 4.5" x 12" x 1", Ebay (sold for $130 in 2010)
Bull carved wall panel, ca. 1960's, 9.5" x 19" x 2"
Bird deep carved wall panel, ca. 1960's, Just in Modern, San Francisco (sold 2010)
Signs of the Zodiac, wood panel for Panelcarve, 1967, via Ackerman Modern
Set of 3 carved redwood panels, ca. 1960's, 6' 11.75"h x 27"w x 1.75"d, Porter & Plunk ($9,600 at post)
Left: St. George and the Dragon wall panel, 1959. photo: Steve Oliver via American Craft Magazine
Center: Adam (part of a triptych of Adam & Eve),1959, 36" x 7", LA Modern (sold $700 in 2009)
Right: Daniel and the Lion's Den, 1965, American Ash w/ walnut stain, 42.5" x 9" x 1", LA Modern (sold)
Forms + Surfaces carved redwood wall tiles, ca. 1960's, 27.5" x 27.5" x 1.38", Thomas Hayes Gallery. I am not sure if Evelyn created this design for F+S, but I know she did work with them around the time it was created. Whether she did or didn't, I still like the design a lot. If you know who created this design please let us know. Thanks!
Be sure to check out my post on Evelyn Ackerman's mosaic panels here.