Albert Hoffman was a self-taught sculptor, remembered for the deft wood-carving abilities he developed from a young age. Hoffman left school after the sixth grade to work at his uncle’s scrap yard, and would work on his carvings in his spare time. His works took three primary forms: pained relief panels, reliefs carved on a single column, and freestanding compositions. His subjects reflected his personal interests: horse racing, figures from American westerns, whaling, mythology, and scenes from the Hebrew Bible. In fact, of the 250 works Hoffman completed in his lifetime, a large number addressed biblical themes that he learned through purely oral means. While he made most of his sculptures for his own satisfaction, Hoffman also completed a number of reliefs for his local synagogues and other houses of worship.