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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Nearly a dozen of Indiana’s finest woodworkers will showcase nature-themed artistic and functional artwork during Eagle Creek Park’s 24th annual Woodcarver, Woodturner & Woodburner exhibit and sale Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the park’s Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road.

“This particular niche attracts hundreds of visitors every year—by far our most popular art exhibit,” said Leah Frenzel, Eagle Creek Park naturalist. “Whether they use a chisel, flame or saw, it’s amazing to see how these craftsmen completely transform and repurpose natural elements into a magnificent work of art. It’s always fun to watch them in action right at the show.”

Bob Hammond, Eagle Creek Park neighbor and Central Indiana Woodworker group member, is a fifth year return exhibitor that specializes in scroll sawing and wood turning with area wood species like walnut, cherry and sassafras.

The hobbyist started woodworking 14 years ago after a hip replacement surgery left him out of work for six months. That’s when he purchased his first scroll saw, built a 38” wooden tugboat, and retired shortly after.

Since then, he’s established his own pole barn wood shop and meets weekly with Central Indiana Woodworkers to fabricate durable toys to distribute to underprivileged children during the holiday season.

“It gives me a sense of joy when I give a child a toy and see their expression from something I’ve made,” Hammond said.

Hammond will showcase wooden jewelry, pens, toys and animal puzzles ranging anywhere from $5 to $80 at the exhibit. In the past, other exhibitor items have included lidded boxes, decorative bowls, wine stoppers, salt and pepper mills, fan pulls, earring and napkin holders, rustic home décor sculptures and more. For the most part, displays revolve around wildlife, flora and fauna and/or traditional Native Americans.

An interactive soap-carving area will also be available for youth.

Fifteen percent of proceeds from sales will benefit the Eagle Creek Park Foundation (ECPF), a nonprofit membership-based organization that helps promote, protect, preserve and enhance one of the nation’s largest city parks.

The exhibit runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free with park entry, which is $5 for Marion County residents who do not have an annual Foundation gate pass.

For more information, call the Earth Discovery Center at 317.327.7148.

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