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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Bass Fiddler from the Netherlands is one of the musicians that will be unveiled on November 16, 2013 in Harmony. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in Harmony.

The musicians are the work of artist Stanley “Slim” Maroushek who has a vision of carving five musicians in total each in costume representing the different nationalities found in southeastern Minnesota.

An unveiling of the three newest creations will be held on November 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the cancer park in Harmony. A German tuba player, a saxophone player from Belgium, and a bass fiddler from the Netherlands will soon be permanent fixtures near the visitor’s center, grocery store, and cancer park in Harmony for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The project is made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and support was also received by the City of Harmony, Harmony Arts Board, Harmony EDA, Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, Harmony Foods and Harmony Township.

Before and after the unveiling of the newest musicians Slim and his wife Anna will be giving tours of Slims Wood Carving Museum as a way of welcoming the citizens of Fillmore County to come and view over 4,000 pieces included in the museum. In lieu of the usual admission cost visitors are asked to bring donations for the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Tours of the museum will be given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Slim says that this may be the last chance for some people to come and see the museum as the contents are for sale. Slims Woodshed, however, is not for sale. Slim states he has received inquiries from Dollywood, Branson, and the House on the Rock as well as others about obtaining the largest single collection of wood carvings in the United States that Slim houses in his museum.

Keeping the collection in the Midwest so Slim could be near his family would be ideal but he states that he wants the collection to go where it will be “most appreciated” and he will probably go where the collection goes as there is a story behind each piece that no one can express except Slim.

The wood carvings in the museum have been collected from Slims travels through the years as well as donated pieces and the purchase prices have ranged from 25 cents to $25,000. Some pieces are not worth a lot while others are extremely high in value. Still other pieces in Slim’s collection are “priceless” he says. Pieces such as original prototypes for Ertl Toys were carved by Slims mentor, Jack Becker. Slim states that the museum collection comes from over 63 years of collecting wood carved pieces.

Slim will turn 71 years old on February 2, 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. He states that his business is very diversified and supplies three major catalogs. Slim has taught woodcarving classes and judged shows all over the world and is very knowledgeable about the business. Carvings that Slim has created can be found in every state of the union and many countries.

The pieces in Slim’s collection come from every corner of the earth as do the visitors to his museum. Looking through signatures in the guest book for Slim’s Woodshed announce visits from such places as China, Russia, India, and Norway among many others with comments such as “incredible art” and “you should be very proud” of your collection.

The wood carving museum has been open 16 years and Slim feels as though many people in the area have missed out on the chance to see this impressive collection. The perfect chance to stop in and see all of the different carvings will be on November 16. Stop in and see this world-class collection as it really is one of a kind.

Slim’s Woodshed & Museum are open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. The address is 160 1st Street NW in Harmony, Minn. For more information phone (507) 886-3114 or visit the website at www.slimswoodshed.com. Slim’s Woodshed & Museum also has a facebook page at www.facebook.com/slimswoodshedandmuseum. For more photos from Slim’s Woodshed & Museum go to the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fillmorecountyjournal.

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