Larry Neuenschwander lives in rural Deepwater. He has been interested in woodworking since high school when he made a cedar chest in shop class. About twenty years ago, Jim Maxwell from Windsor, offered a woodcarving class in Clinton and Larry thought he would like to try carving. He really enjoyed the class and has been carving ever since. Until his death in 2009, Jim Maxwell would invite a few of his carving friends to spend Saturday carving on a special project with him at his shop in Cole Camp. Projects included: duck decoy, clown, Indian bust, big hillbilly and Santa.
Jim’s wife Margie taught the guys how to paint their projects. Larry really enjoys carving Santas and snowmen for family and friends at Christmas. Two years ago he made a special ornament for each family in his church.
Larry has continued to pursue his passion for carving and has made jewelry and music boxes for Christmas gifts. When his first grandchild was born there was a new swinging cradle made by Grandpa waiting for her. Now each family has one of these special cradles. He made a doll house for his first granddaughter that his great granddaughter now enjoys playing with. For the grandsons there are rocking horses. This past Christmas he made a big barn toy box for his 2-year-old grandson.
Larry uses basswood for most of his projects except the Indian busts which are created from catalpa, cedar or butternut wood. After he paints the projects, he seals the wood with boiled linseed oil.
Mr. Neuenschwander’s wooden creations will be on display in the Henry County Library gallery until the end of January. We invite everyone to stop by the library to view this remarkable collection of hand carved pieces.