Those visiting Art on the Square for the past few years saw at least one familiar face this past Saturday.
Eves Cadwallader, of Oskaloosa, has offered wooden goods of several kinds including canes and cutting boards at Art on the Square for the past half dozen years or so. Family members, including Eves' wife Iola, have come to Art on the Square to discuss and sell these wooden pieces alongside him.
So, why wooden goods?
“Well, as I reached retirement, I needed something to do,” said Eves, adding that he's a tree farmer. “I like to see what's hidden inside of an old board. And, once I began to look at it, I discovered beautiful, beautiful creative designs that are in the pieces of wood.”
Eves said he does the designs for these wooden pieces of art. Next, relatives of his help with the cutting of the wood in the process of making the items. Lastly, theres a sanding and finishing process involved, noted Eves.
The walking sticks literally come to Eves as sticks at first.
“Those are just ordinary, old sticks that I find various places or that people bring to me and they're all dark and discolored with bark,” explained Eves. “But, I take the bark off and I discover what's underneath and that's what gives all the different designs and colors on the walking sticks.”
Art on the Square is a venue for Eves' work that he can appreciate.
“I think the most interesting part is to have people come along and appreciate the variety of designs and colors of wood, kinds of wood and what I have found within the boards that become cutting boards or cheese boards — just to have people interested in what I've done,” said Eves.
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