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October 4, 2012

Farmers' Museum hosts Carousel Organ Rally

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COOPERSTOWN —

The 77th Regimental Balladeers weren’t the only ones at the Farmers’ Museum who were re-creating things that were more than 100 years old, so was woodcarver Bob Yorburg.

“Somehow I ended up specializing in carousel organs,” Yorburg said. “It kind of grew out of a fascination for old time Coney Island and learning about all the performers and all the things that made it special.”

Yorburg carved the city island plaque on the Empire State Carousel. Saturday he was giving a lecture at The Farmers’ Museum.

“Today I’m going to do two things,” Yorburg said. “One is a Powerpoint slideshow showing the process from raw wood through creating wooden master patterns, carving the pieces, assembling the fascades and the finished product, and how one selects paint schemes. After that, I’ll have a Q & A and then I’ll do a hands on demo of what it looks like to carve an actual piece.”

Yorburg says that even though wood scrolls are everywhere there’s very little literature on how to carve those scrolls, which is why he wrote “Acanthus Carving & Design.” The book is available at The Farmers’ Museum’s store.

“If folks are interested in carving like this I’m willing to do classes up here,” Yorburg said. “Because having the ability to learn from someone is 100 times easier than learning from a book.”

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