In June 2012, the Rhinelander Public Library solicited ideas for a carving, which would utilize a maple tree slated to be removed from the area grounds.
Victoria Houston was kind enough to inform me of this wonderful opportunity and Ed Hughes, the director, scheduled a presentation with the library board.
My design proposal centered around a child sitting on a stack of books, so I carved a preliminary piece and hauled it to the meeting.
Sincere thanks to my patient and tolerant model, Carly Seidl, daughter of Brian and Gina Seidl.
One of the nicest people I know, Carly was kindly willing to help me get the posture and proportions I needed to block this carving out and properly place the details.
Now add some books...
and set in place!
The final carving, titled 'Tall Tales', is 8 feet tall.