County Arts and Crafts Guild Show
wood carver Landert
never has to leave the farm
taught himself how to carve wood;
will appear at Henry County Guild show
Helen E. McKinney
(September 2010) Its a very long way
from Switzerland to Kentucky, but for Hans Landert, retirement in the
Bluegrass state is as good as being in the majestic Swiss Alps. Taking
up the hobby of wood carving has kept him busy and produced an outlet
for his creative side.
by Helen McKinney
Hans Landert is
originally from Switzerland and
will show his wood carvings
(below) at the upcoming art
show in New Castle, Ky.
Business brought Landert to the United States in 1980
first to Ohio, then Louisville, and finally Henry County.
Living on 80 acres on Mt. Olivet Road near the Oldham and Henry County
line, Landert can usually find plenty of wood to satisfy his craving
Any piece of wood that he finds and can carve something out of
it, is fuel for Landerts imagination. For his creations,
he uses everything from the farm, he said.
Landert, 72, recently joined the Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild
to better showcase his woodworking skills. He was already acquainted
with a few members, such as his neighbor Neal Morris who crafts wood-turned
bowls and other decorative items.
Wood carving is a hobby for Landert, who taught himself the basic skills.
I did some in high school in Switzerland, then I stopped for a
time, he said. After retiring, I started carving again.
He retired four years ago from C.A. Garner Veneer Inc., where he was
a manager for 18 years. I worked my whole life in the business
world with machines, said Landert. With carving I can be
Landert is one of many artists who will be exhibiting their work from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the 11th annual Henry County Arts and
Crafts Guild Show. The event will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds
on Hwy. 421 in New Castle.
We have a wide variety of things people do, said Guild president
Malissa Beatty. We have over 40 members, many of them husband
and wife teams. A lot of the time they will join together and help each
Many different types of media are represented in the Guild. One member
even writes music, said Beatty. The exhibit will showcase jewelry, painted
gourds, wooden toys, oil paintings, furniture, fiber artists, dolls,
candles, needlework, leatherwork and iron-wrought items.
Hans work is beautiful, Beatty said. I own a
few pieces of his work.
Landert said he likes to see the texture of the wood and the lines of
a finished piece. On his carving of dancing ladies, the soft, flowing
lines of the ladies make them lifelike. His carvings range in size from
four inches to 20 inches.
He first must use a chainsaw and axe to cut the wood into blocks from
which to begin his creations. He then uses a coping saw, chisels, gouges,
knives and scraper to bring the wood to life. After finishing it with
a scraper and sandpaper, Landert preserves it with penetrating oil and
wax so it will last a very long time.
Only artists who craft high quality items like Landert are juried into
the Guild. We wont accept artwork unless its very
good work, said Beatty. Prospective members must bring their work
to a meeting where members will view and vote on it. Once the votes
are tallied, those who apply are usually accepted. Weve
never turned anyone down yet.
Most of the Guild members are from Henry, Shelby, Oldham and Jefferson
counties. The Guild does have members from Wisconsin and Michigan who
have joined because they have roots or family members in Henry County.
The Henry County Extension Office was instrumental in beginning the
The Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild meets the third Thursday of every
month at the Extension Office.
For more information on the Henry County
Arts and Crafts Guild Show, contact Malissa Beatty at (502) 743-5497
or Sharon Silvers at (502) 845-4560.
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