Lawrence resident’s knives show creativity
It takes his mind to a different realm of thinking. It allows him to forget about the troubles of today’s busy life.
For Ron Kern, woodworking is one of his favorite ways to relax.
Kern, 57, Indianapolis, said teaching others with an interest in woodcarving is one of the ways Circle City Carvers spreads the word. The club, which meets Saturdays in Castleton, will bring its annual woodcarving show and sale to the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds this weekend.
It’s the 25th year for the Magic in Wood show, which features hundreds of art pieces and about 50 carvers. Kern is president of the club, which has members from all parts of Central Indiana.
The club has an array of members who love the hobby. The local woodcarvers create eagle canes for wounded soldiers. The patriotic carved canes were Rallie Murphy’s idea. About seven years ago, while watching ABC News about wounded post-9/11 veterans, he realized that as a woodcarver and cane maker, he could help others. The initial idea was to supply only Oklahoma post-9/11 veterans who’ve sustained combat related injuries that affected the use of their legs.
“It soon became apparent that other carvers in our state could be involved, and we could reach many more veterans,” said Murphy, 67, Indianapolis.
A group of Texas carvers joined the project, and then after publicity came out in national carving magazines, more carvers nationwide became involved.
Post-9/11 veterans who have suffered a leg injury in Iraq or Afghanistan are invited to accept a hand-carved, eagle-head presentation cane honoring their service and sacrifice, Murphy said. Circle City Carvers had made and donated more than 50 canes, averaging one per month.
The Lawrence Township resident and member of St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Fishers is retired from General Motors in Indianapolis. He is past vice president of programming for Central Indiana Wood Workers, a 110-member 63-year-old organization in Indianapolis. Murphy meets once a week at one of five workshops around Indianapolis, making toys year-round for 21 different charities.
One of those is the Ronald McDonald House. He said their fully equipped workshop is shared with Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club and the space is donated by Janus Developmental Services in Noblesville.
He describes woodcarving as a “gripping” intensive, eye-hand coordination skill done with razor-sharp knives.
Murphy’s forte is hand-carving figures. In the past seven years, since he took a woodcarving class, he’s created more than 100 pieces, mostly Santas, each dated and numbered.
“I just fell in love with it,” said Murphy, who claims his brother as the artist of the family, making and repairing stained glass windows. “Mine seems to be a hidden talent that came out later in life.”
[source: The Indianapolis Star]