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2011.11.13

THE ART OF LOG HEWING

At Silver Dollar City's Harvest Festival there are several individuals that have become park icons, one of which is Mark Edwards, the SDC log hewer. With the ease that I spread butter on toast, Mr. Edwards uses a variety of axes to slice, dice and notch timber in the construction of log cabins. I've never seen anyone plane wood with an ax and was thinking that these have to be razor sharp to do that. In fact many of my photos of Mr. Edwards are of him standing, one foot up on a log to rest his ax, as he sharpens it with an edge that I'm pretty certain could split atoms.

What makes SDC and Mr. Edwards unique is that this isn't just a demonstration on hewing logs -- he is building log cabins that will be relocated to a final destination for use as lodging, complete with doors, windows, a roof and in some cases a fireplace. Many of the crafts in the park such as blacksmithing, knife making, glass blowing, wood carving, leather works and such sell their work. You can be sure that these cabins and other hand crafted items will be around for a long, long time.

I asked Mr. Edwards "beside the obvious what are your building". His response was "an '8x12' log cabin" (I'm glad I qualified my question).






"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.

- Louis Nizer




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