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Woodcarving Art Show & Sale Nov. 6-7

10/28/2010 —

Woodcarving Art Show and Sale
Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Commons Building Gymnasium

Ralph Parks Named Woodcarver of the Year

Ralph Parks took an interest in woodcarving at an early age, helping out in his father’s shop housed in the family’s garage in Kansas City, Mo. Many years later, this talented craftsman is being honored for his skill as Woodcarver of the Year, a title bestowed upon one talented carver each year by the William Rush Woodcarving Club.

Parks focuses his skill on carving songbirds, full-size and miniature versions, many of which will be for sale during the 27th Annual William Rush Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Show and Sale on Saturday, Nov. 6 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Penn State Brandywine Commons Building Gymnasium.

The event, which Parks attends each year, not just as a woodcarver but also as photographer, will offer door prizes every hour, demonstrations and books, tools, and supplies for sale, in addition to works sold by the carvers. The price of admission is a $4 donation benefiting the Penn State Brandywine Scholarship Fund. Children aged 12 and under are free.

Parks served in the Navy during World War II as executive officer on a landing craft tank in the invasion of the Philippines and later as engineering officer of the YFD 64, a floating drydock in Samar, Philippines.

After the war, he completed his engineering degree at the University of Missouri and joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. Parks rekindled his love of woodcarving after retiring in 1982, at which point he enrolled in courses at the Tyler Arboretum. His wife of 60 years, Jean, encouraged his hobby and helps with his table at the Art Show every year.

For more information on the Art Show at Penn State Brandywine, contact Al Bailey at 610-494-2781.

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