Saturday, August 11, 2012

George Carr's Totem Tree


Civil War veteran George Carr lived on a farm south of Auburn, N.Y., in the Finger Lakes area and decorated his property with carved figures -- more than 1,000 of them, according to an old newspaper article. The totem is a maple tree that Carr started carving in 1911 and worked on for 10 years. He turned his farm into a tourist attraction, visited by people in their newfangled automobiles. The photo and text are from the book "George Carr's Totem Tree and Other Curious Things," published in 1924. Presumably that's he and his wife of more than 60 years. In 1926 a tornado knocked down the tree. "George Carr's Totem Tree and Other Curious Things" can be found on eBay and other places. What a shame his folk art environment is lost.

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