Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Carving keeps retiree busy

July 21, 2005

Larry Everitt may be retired, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't stay busy. In addition to his many hours of volunteer work, Everitt enjoys woodcarving.

"I was no good at carpentry, but wanted to do something like that," said Everitt, who started woodcarving 12 years ago.

In addition to his six years of formal classes here in the states, Everitt has also traveled four times to Elbigenalp, Austria, home to a well-known woodcarving school, learning and perfecting woodcarving "the Austrian way." Everitt and wife will be traveling there again this fall.

"This technique is something you won't find in the United States," said Everitt, who explained that the application of paint and wax is what makes it unique. "Acrylics are used here in the U.S., but in Austria they use professional watercolors and a water-based, walnut stain."

Much of what Everitt carves is inspired by the volunteer work he does at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, but he also carves objects from other models.

"I use my wife's ceramic work as models for much of my woodcarving," said Everitt.

Everitt said that he very rarely sells his work, making most of it for family and friends. "This is a hobby, not a business," said Everitt.

"I have people offer me money for my work, but I won't take it, " said Everitt.

Name: Larry E. Everitt

Address: High Crest West, Leavenworth County

Occupation: Retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army; now a volunteer

Graduate of: Pittsburg State University, Bachelor of Science in physics and math

Family: Wife, Donna Jean, two daughters, eight stepdaughters, two stepsons and 39 grandchildren

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? I've lived here one and a half years and came here because of family.

What do you like most about Lansing? I like the post office's easy access, parking, and employees; they are outgoing as well as fun. It is a pleasure going in there. I also like Lansing's nice restaurants.

What do you do to relax? I like to read and do woodcarving.

What would surprise people about you? How busy I am for being retired.

What's the best advice you ever received? My father told me to always make sure my word is good. That was his personal creed. Then people will trust you and depend on you. You do something for someone or tell them you can't; it may be beyond your capabilities.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Kansas City IBM PC Users Group, K.C. Wood-carvers Club, volunteer for C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and Salvation Army, Nutranet-Independence, Mo., and Kansas City Academy

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