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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Foley carves Noah's Ark

  • Jim Foley of rural Bevier started building his folk art ark around Christmas of 2011.
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  • In a dry year not many people think about building an ark, Jim Foley of rural Bevier started building his folk art ark around Christmas of 2011.
    "I'm smarter than I look," quips Foley. "I knew it was going to start raining sometime."
    Foley brought his creation to the Samaritan Hospital Wellness Center on Wednesday.
    "Everyone here kept asking me what I was working on and I always answered, "'the ark"', says Foley. "So, I decided to bring it in when it was finished."
    Foley's creation features 16 animals, 11 birds, 3 fish and Noah and his wife. All the figures are wood and were hand-carved by Foley. The ark is covered with wooden reed material that is used in basket weaving.
    Foley began his hobby in 1994, building miniature houses. From that, his love of wood working has evolved to included many carved creations including a folk art nativity scene.
    Foley has also made a caricature art carving for the wellness center that is titled, "How hard are you working?". The scene shows a patient at the center undergoing cardio rehab under the watchful eye of Director, Randy Tolle and Margie Vose, R.N.
    Foley says he really enjoys working with wood carving.
    "I love it, it's a great hobby," he said. "Everything I make is in a tree somewhere, I just have to find it."
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