Rare Original Vintage Signed & Dated 1970 Hand-Painted Figural Wood Carving-Sculpture by Grants Pass, Oregon Artists Jinx & Dick Troon (Troon & Troon) Titled “Dotterel” that Displays a Eurasian Shorebird of the Plover Family Resting on a Nest!

HERE’S A RARE ORIGINAL VINTAGE SIGNED AND DATED 1970 HAND-PAINTED FIGURAL WOOD CARVING-SCULPTURE BY GRANTS PASS, OREGON ARTISTS JINX & DICK TROON (TROON & TROON) TITLED “DOTTEREL” THAT DISPLAYS A SMALL EURASIAN WADER SHOREBIRD IN THE PLOVER FAMILY POSITIONED ON A NEST ATTACHED TO A NATURAL ORGANIC WOOD BASE!

Dimensions: The bird carving measures approximately two and one half inches (2 1/2”) in height to the top of the bird’s head, three and three quarters inches (3 3/4”) in length from the bird’s tail to the opposing front side of the base, by two and one half inches (2 ½”) in width at its widest point.

Signed in black ink on the underside bottom with a hand-written series of markings that read: “A WILDFOWL MINIATURE BY TROON & TROON “Dotterel” (Eudromias morinellus) 1970”

Condition: Good+ and clean condition with a small piece missing from the front of its beak, a small rub on the end of its tail, and a small circular impression on its side. Overall and regardless of the faults mentioned, this is still a very presentable and rare example of the husband-and-wife artists’ wood carving!

Please scroll down to read the artists’ biography for Jinx & Dick Troon (Troon & Troon).

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Dick Troon help start Rogue Valley wine industry

By Janet Eastman / June 22, 2011

It is only fitting that I met Dick Troon, one of the fathers of modern-day wine in the Rogue Valley, on Father’s Day.

Stories have been told about Dick Troon. Some call him a curmudgeon, and he’ll admit, with a twinkle in his blue eyes, that he has been outspoken and, sometimes, he has let his ego lead the way.

But he needed both boldness and confidence almost 40 years ago when he had the crazy notion to plant a vineyard in the Applegate.

Dick is 84 now or maybe 85, depending, he says, on if he believes his mother or his father. The two didn’t agree on much. They divorced when Dick was young. As the Great Depression continued to batter the two breadwinners, Dick left home when he was 10 to work on a South Dakota ranch. It was here, he says, he fell in love with farming.

WWII interrupted his high school years. He enlisted in the Marines and was in charge of President Harry Truman’s military guard at the Little White House in Key West. Afterward, the G.I. Bill sent Dick back to school, this time in California, where he took engineering classes at USC. He married, became a father and traveled to Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg and other missile bases to lay infrastructure.

One day, after spending Labor Day in Grants Pass and thinking this was a great place to raise his four daughters, he accepted a job here, quit his old job and bought land. He worked on roads, then he was a cattle rancher, and a hay and alfalfa farmer. Farming, he jokes, is an easy way to lose money. The girls grew up.

In 1967, three events changed his life. Dick met the woman who would become his second wife. Her name was Virginia but everyone had been calling her “Jinx” since she was in the second grade. When Jinx was sick that year, Dick started making bird carvings at her bedside. Since then, he has made 3,000 woodcarvings. And, that year, he took Jinx to Portland where he tasted a Chateauneuf-du-Pape and decided he liked wine.

He married Jinx in 1968 and they visited then-unknown wineries in Sonoma. He tried a Zinfandel in Healdsburg that he said was “unbelievable.” He compared the crops, climate and growing seasons there to the Applegate, and “being a Scotsman, I decided I could grow better. I was correct,” he says now.

In 1972, he bought 32 acres in Grants Pass and planted the varietals he liked to drink: Zin, Cab and Chardonnay. He knew it would take at least four years for the grapes to make good wine, so he hung up an optimistic sign: “Purveyor of Fine Wines Since 1976.” His enology prediction was off by two decades.

He sold his grapes to others during that time and didn’t start Troon winery until 1993, using a backbreaking, old press that leaked 30 gallons for every 140 gallons it produced. Winegrape growing, he says, is a quicker way to lose money. He said that he came within $30,000 of breaking even during his last year in business.

Dick Troon is credited with getting Chuck Coury, who had a master’s degree in viticulture from UC Davis, to teach a course at Rogue Community College in 1972. Dick and eight others enrolled, included Frank Wisnovsky, who would start Valley View Winery. Seven planted vineyards; four eventually started wineries.

Jinx passed away in 1987. A father and son connected to Opus One wanted to buy Dick’s vineyard. Instead, in 2003, he sold it to another father-and-son team, Larry and Chris Martin.

Dick moved a few houses away, into a two-story clapboard painted the color of French vanilla ice cream. He likes the neighborhood. Musician Kevin Carr lives next door. On Father’s Day afternoon, the sounds of Carr’s bagpipes wafted up to Dick Troon’s deck.

Dick has played percussions in the band Charanga with Carr. They have performed at Troon, Tease restaurant in Ashland and the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle.

Dick says he started the tradition of ringing in the New Year with bagpipes to honor his Scottish heritage. He ancestors arrived in what would become the United States before the revolution. They stayed, prospered, raised children. And helped launch industries.

A new report to be released by the Oregon Wine Board states that the wine industry adds $3 billion to Oregon. The state has many people to thank for that, including Dick Troon. He’s thankful, too.

“The wine industry has been good to southern Oregon,” Dick Troon says. “I feel fortunate to have been here at the beginning. I never had a tasting room, but I had lots of friends when I had a winery.”

Today, his girls are mothers. Two don’t drink alcohol at all; two drink wine occasionally. But really, planting the vineyard was never about wine as much as it was about family.

November 1, 2011

Farewell, Mr. Troon

By Mark Stock

Scotsmen don’t sit still for long. It’s a blatant generalization, but one the late Dick Troon probably wouldn’t argue with. Troon, the man hugely responsible for wine in the Applegate Valley, passed away just weeks ago, but not without leaving a long, meandering path of oversized and permanent footprints in Oregon wine country.

Troon, known since the early 1990s by his eponymous wine label, was one of the first to plant vines in Southern Oregon. He did so in 1972, almost a generation before the rest of the country would wake up to the promise of Pacific Northwest wine. Like Richard Sommer, Charles Coury, David Lett and Dick Erath before him, Troon received laughter when he made his case.

He pushed for Oregon Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, citing similar beneficial climatic conditions and plenty of fertile land. Little did the naysayers know, Troon would have the last laugh, thanks to tremendous foresight, relentless optimism and a slough of high scores and accolades.

A taste for farming came early in Troon’s life, while toiling on a ranch in South Dakota. Whether it was the dire wishfulness of post-Depression America or the symbiotic relationship forged between man and land, it was on the Great Plains that Troon harvested a downright faith in Mother Nature. And, per the testimony of Oregon winemakers, there might not be a more valuable trait.

The rumor is that Druid’s Fluid — the wine that put Troon on the map — was a mistake. Fact or fiction, it points to Dick Troon’s courage. Not only was he blending like a mad-man, he was also using varietals most people thought couldn’t survive north of California. But that’s what separates pioneers from producers: the willingness to proudly go against the grain.

Today, Troon Vineyard is home to a handful of varietals, including the extremely rare Vermentino. Resting on about 100 acres just outside Grants Pass, the setting is pristinely dramatic. The ownership and acreage have changed, but the spirit of the winery remains. Troon continues to stand for crafting not what’s expected, but precisely the opposite.

Better still, Troon worked to ensure the future of an industry he grew to care so deeply for. He persuaded Coury to enlighten the Southern Oregon community with his vast viticultural knowledge, knowing that the region’s friendly terroir would foster wonderful wine for generations to come.

And while the adage rings, “...or die trying,” Troon can rest peacefully. He died having done what so many thought impossible.

ITEM ID
639
COLOR
Black, Brown, Orange, White
GENRE
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
MEDIA
Oil Paint, Wood
THEME
Birds, Wildlife
ORIGIN
United States • American
AGE
Mid 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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