EAGLE CANE PROJECT
...TO HONOR OUR WOUNDED VETERANS
EAGLE CANE PROJECT
In 2009 the woodcarving club voted to join the Eagle Head Cane Project, which is run by Jack Nitz, a woodcarver from Oklahoma. The idea was to provide presentation canes to post 9-11 veterans who have received some manner of leg disability from combat related actions. To apply or visit the website, visit eaglecane.com and click on the welcome page.
More than 60 hand-carved wooden canes have been created for Midwestern wounded warriors of the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts over the last three years. These decorated canes with hand-painted medals of honor, such as the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, are topped with a bald-eagle head, ornately carved to serve as a walking device and symbol of these soldiers’ acts of heroism.
On Friday, Oct. 17, the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers met at the Osage National Golf Resort to present the golf resort with a special shadow box. This shadow box is to show the club’s appreciation for hosting a past benefit to raise money for the eagle cane project.
The box was built by club president Richard Wallace; the eagle heads were carved by Jim Long and painted by Ann Long; and the staff was decorated by Bud Murray, eagle cane project manager. The shadow box has been placed in the clubhouse hallway to honor all veterans of Osage National.
The woodcarving club’s eagle cane project provides decorative canes for post 9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with leg injuries. The club members carve an eagle head to go on a staff, which is decorated to suit the soldier. A big thank-you goes to Joe Elliott of Sunrise Beach, who has been turning the staffs for this project. The club has sent out approximately 111 canes, including some special canes. To qualify for a cane, or to view the website, go to eaglecane.com.
The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers would like to thank The Osage National Golf Resort for hosting this past event, and also Ryan Mansellee, director of golf for The Osage National Golf Resort. The club would also like to thank Ann and Jim Long, the coordinators between the carving club and the Osage National Golf Resort.
The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club meets at 7 p.m., the third Monday of every month, at the Camdenton United Methodist Church. Beginners are welcome. There is usually a carving project around 4 p.m. before the meeting. Also, there is open carving at the senior centers in the following towns: at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday in Laurie, at 9 a.m. every Thursday in Camdenton, and at 9 a.m. every Tuesday in Osage Beach. In Lebanon, there is a carving group from 1-4 p.m. every Friday at the Art Gallery on Commercial Street.
For more information about the club, call club president Richard Wallace at 573-346-3859.