Denny Vance recently stopped by Heartland Acres and noticed our schoolmarm was in need of fresh coat of stain. He approached us and offered to do the work. The wood sculpture is special to Denny as he created her almost seven years ago.
When Heartland Acres first opened in 2007, Denny was identified as someone who could bring some character to our campus. Denny is skilled at caving wood and he didn’t let us down with his creation. The schoolmarm is made of white oak which stands up well in the elements, is structurally stable and offers a beautiful grain. The wood does require periodic care.
Instead of sealing the sculpture with a transparent sealer as we have done over the past few years, Denny used his eye for color and simple sophistication to update our schoolmarm. She will greet visitors at the front of the one room school house in her new colors. It is support from Denny and many others that help sustain us and add to the ongoing story of our agricultural heritage found at Heartland Acres.
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