Carving artists|Woodcarver Show benefits Merry-Go-Round Museum

SANDUSKY Taking some time to show off their skills, 19 area woodcarvers convened Saturday at the Merry-Go-Round Museum's annu
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Taking some time to show off their skills, 19 area woodcarvers convened Saturday at the Merry-Go-Round Museum's annual woodcarvers show.

This is the show's 12th year and it gives people who donate their time on a consistent basis to restoring vintage carousel horses at the museum time to show and sell their own creations.

Huey and Judy Kirk, of Lorain, have been part of the show for about five years. They produce chip-carved and burnt-wood items.

"I was born with a pocket knife," Huey Kirk said with a smile. "I've been whittling all my life."

After carving for 25-30 years, he took some lessons.

"I kind of fell in love with chip carving," Huey Kirk said. "I can personalize it, it's kind of challenging."

Chip carving consists of cutting small pieces out of a smooth wooden object, to create intricate designs. Most carvings are made from soft basswood.

"It doesn't have many knots in it," said Robert Zuk, a retired furniture repair business owner who now carves whimsical figures including of animals.

Zuk of Sandusky, and friend Lynn Stevens of Huron, both set up shop selling their items ranging from $5 to $175 at the show.

"The rest of the world just goes by," Zuk said of carving. "It gets your mind off things."

A wooden horse valued at $8,000 will be raffled off at the end of the year as part of a fundraiser for the museum.

Money raised will go toward restoration projects and educational programs at the museum.