The art of woodcarving will be the topic at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Iola Historical Society’s museum, 205 Depot St., Iola.
Merlin Mayer, one of Iola’s most outstanding carvers, will talk about the influence that Iola’s Lee Nelson had on him to become a carver.
Nelson, a World War II Air Force hero and, in later life, a fellow woodcarver, passed away July 11, 2011. Memorabilia from Nelson’s war years and some of his carvings are on display at the historical society.
Mayer will talk about some of Nelson’s most interesting and challenging creations, explain various styles of carving, various woods used and also the tools he uses.
Other local carvers may also be present to show some of their work.
The presentation is free of charge, although goodwill offerings to help fund the Iola & Northern Railroad Depot restoration are welcome.
The Iola Historical Society’s regular monthly meeting will follow the presentation. Guests are welcomed.
For more information, visit www.iolahistoricalsociety.org.