Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Hidden Beauty of Wood

Enjoy a new display at the library of beautiful wood-worked pieces.

Most of the items in the library display were handcrafted by James Barton Wallace.  Mr. Wallace was an avid woodworker and produced most of the objects using a lathe and turning tools.  He enjoyed using all kinds of wood including some unusual woods from native and fruit trees.  The collection includes oak, cherry, black walnut, osage orange (hedge apple), hickory, peach and others.  Different stains and finishes are used to highlight the individual qualities of the wood.  The turned specimens are on loan from Mr. Wallace’s daughter, Maude Haeger, and granddaughter, Shannon Weaver, who is a Miami University student.  

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