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Summer projects at museum look to old and new woodwork


Larry Persily/ Wrangell Sentinel

Denny Leak is carving a yellow cedar log - first with a chainsaw and later with hand tools - in front of the Nolan Center, turning it into a sign pole that will be displayed on the corner to help attract and welcome people to the city museum. He was still at the chainsaw stage last Friday.

The Wrangell Museum has two projects underway, both dealing with wood.

One is a new sign, being carved from a 20-foot-long yellow cedar log. The other is the ongoing effort to preserve and display the 96-year-old retired U.S. Forest Service wooden boat, the Chugach Ranger.

Wrangell carver Denny Leak started last month stripping the bark off the log and is cutting his way into the design, which will spell out MUSEUM in large block letters vertically, with an eagle and a raven carved out at the top of the pole.

The finished piece will be installed at the corner of the museum grounds across fr...

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