NEW Railroad Wood Carving
IN PROGRESS by
prepares a large railroad wood carving to be placed on display at the annual
National Train Day in
the second Saturday in May as well as to be previewed at
Fullerton Railroad Days the first weekend in May.
After these initial displays the wood carvings will sometimes go on tour to various railroad museums and events. Eventually
these wood carvings find a permanent public display home at the
APRHF Silver Rails Gallery
in La Plata, Missouri, where several of
works are currently on public display.
The APRHF is currently raising funds to cover the cost of purchasing the wood for
next railroad carving.
You can be part of the effort to make this possible! The unique wood used for this carving cost over $700. Please click
the link below to donate. Whatever amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Even $10 or $20 will be of great
help. Every bit will get us closer to reaching our goal of making Jackie's next wood carving possible.
Jackie and the APRHF thank you in advance!
APRHF Silver Rails Gallery
A few years ago a member of the APRHF (American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation) was watching the
California's Gold TV Show episode on
At the end of each segment, Huell Howser always asks each guest how viewers can purchase their works.
Jackie replied that he doesn't sell his works but rather hoped they could someday be displayed in a place where they
could be enjoyed by the public.
That is what lead the APRHF to contact Jackie to see if he'd be willing to place his works on display at the
APRHF Silver Rails Gallery,
which at that time was just being constructed.
Jackie thought that would be a great place to share his works with the public ans was able to bring his woodcarvings out to
the gallery and to present them in person in time for the
(Note: Though at that time none of
wood carvings were for sale, a few of them are now available for purchase.
Click Here for more information).
in his own words:
As an artist, I enjoy creating these wood relief carvings as well as my other forms of artistic expression. This particular series,
"Wooden Ironhorses" is one of my favorites. It captures my feelings about the by-gone days of the great trains. This series is my
tribute to those glory days.
I have been working on this art since my childhood. My earliest memories related to my art are that of walking along the
train tracks in Sand Canyon, in the Canyon Country area of California. I was awed by the majesty of these mighty iron giants and
their thunderous sounds echoed in my dreams at night. I saw the images of trains rolling down the tracks and at that moment,
I wanted to carve one on wood.
I remember working on my very first piece, a little train carved out of pine. I went down to a local frame shop in Canyon Country,
where I had it framed and displayed. I was so surprised when the carving sold in just 2 weeks. I was just 14 years old at the time
and was hooked. The life of the artist appealed to me more than ever and I haven't looked back.
The majority of my work deals with the expression of the detail on the train. The "Ironhorse" has to have an antique look, showing
off all the minute structure of the piece. My earlier pieces dealt with the whole train, but my current group of carvings is
absolutely detail-oriented. I see the carving as a complete whole, even before I start putting a chisel to wood.
My biggest wish for my art is that it be available for everyone to enjoy. It thrills me to see the expression on people's faces
when they look at my artwork. The compliments I get on my craftsmanship means the world to me. One of the hardest things for me to
do is to part with each one of my carvings. I hope those who invest in these carvings are people who appreciate the
"Wooden Ironhorses" as much as I do and will share this love with other people. Knowing that would make me happy.
Wooden Ironhorses, relief wood carvings.
Union Pacific Big Boy 4002
An early carving of Jackie's (above)
4002 Locomotive (below)
Detail of the front of the Big Boy.
Jackie had some smaller, very detailed pieces as well.
Larry thoroughly enjoyed talking with
Thank you, Jackie, for sharing your great art pieces.
to visit Jackie Hadnot on
Some of the works of
are available for purchase at the
Silver Rails Gallery at
204 E Moore St, La Plata, Missouri 63549, in
Silver Rails Country or online at
Information and photos courtesy of Carl Morrison of
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