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Tramp Art: Find this art form at our February market

Have you ever heard of tramp art?

Tramp art was a widespread form of folk art that flourished in America between the 1870’s and 1940’s. Now, you can find it at our February 2016 wholesale market in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania by artist, David S. Schump.

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Artist David Schump preserves the handmade process of tramp art to transform this piece of furniture to an elaborate, one of a kind show piece.

handmade tramp art

“Piano Man” by tramp artist, David Schump.

Schump finds that creating these labor of loves is much like quilting. Using cigar boxes and discarded shipping crates, Schump chip carves unique shapes from the salvaged wood and applies and layers them into artistic creations on frames, boxes, and furniture. The results are unusual to eclectic, simple to elaborate — and no two pieces that are alike. 

When Schump became interested in the art form, he took the time to research and study past folk artists. “Each piece seemed to have a soul, a story to tell, ” says Schump. “And a warmth that only comes from something made by one’s hands.” 

handmade tramp art

“Love Birds – Courting Mirror”, by tramp artist, David Schump. 30 hand-cut and carved pieces were used in the creating of this one-of-a-kind piece of art.

For Market Square Shows, “bringing David’s folk art to our February market is in line with our unending passion of finding artists who are making the most unique, one-of-a-kind products in salt of the earth art styles like traditional, farmhouse, primitive and vintage.” says president, Kathy Goodrich. “Our market simplifies the buying process for shop owners – they can come to our show, meet artists like David, and order and buy product from them that makes their store different.” 

Find The Art Tramp in the gallery of our Valley Forge market from February 7 – 9, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania. Learn more about The Art Tramp at Learn more about our show at