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The Thinker Doubles his Efforts

San Francisco may have Rodin but we have Gail Crosby. One of my favorite local artists has added a thoughtful new touch to a favorite Salmon Creek icon. The Head was originally created by Fenwick but Gail has kept him adorned in various items over the years (See Humboldt Homestead). I love his thoughtful new look.

Photo by Quinn Church

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  • Where is this carving located? Near enough to the road to be seen?

  • Yep, you’ve passed it when you’ve come up to the house. It’s right off the county road.

  • Yep, you’ve passed it when you’ve come up to the house. It’s right off the county road.

  • What ever happened to the Hobbit Village in Phillipsville?

  • What ever happened to the Hobbit Village in Phillipsville?

  • It’s been sold and moved a bit further south between Phillipsville and the Avenue’s exit onto 101. There is a great little cafe there now. Really good hamburgers and milkshakes. Of at least there was last spring. There were rumors it was going to close down totally.

  • It’s been sold and moved a bit further south between Phillipsville and the Avenue’s exit onto 101. There is a great little cafe there now. Really good hamburgers and milkshakes. Of at least there was last spring. There were rumors it was going to close down totally.

  • I’m so glad someone’s catching these ephemeral faces of the tiki head! I love what Gail does by adorning him with seasonal flowers, fir boughs, mistletoe, peppers and squash, fangs on Halloween. I like to think of him as our heathen calendar!
    ps. re: Chimney Tree (hobbitton): the owner’s son Matt agreed to take over the shop so we can all look forward to great local beef again come Memorial day weekend….

  • I’m so glad someone’s catching these ephemeral faces of the tiki head! I love what Gail does by adorning him with seasonal flowers, fir boughs, mistletoe, peppers and squash, fangs on Halloween. I like to think of him as our heathen calendar!
    ps. re: Chimney Tree (hobbitton): the owner’s son Matt agreed to take over the shop so we can all look forward to great local beef again come Memorial day weekend….

  • Thanks Kato! I’m looking forward to taking the little guy there to wander the redwoods and find the dragon again.

  • Thanks Kato! I’m looking forward to taking the little guy there to wander the redwoods and find the dragon again.

  • Greg has a carved piece very much like this that was given to his Dad by a local artist in 1964 called STEERS. His dad called the carving, “Squat and drop it.” I’ll ask Greg to photograph it and put it on our blog.

  • Greg has a carved piece very much like this that was given to his Dad by a local artist in 1964 called STEERS. His dad called the carving, “Squat and drop it.” I’ll ask Greg to photograph it and put it on our blog.

  • I love getting a glimpse into other areas of Humboldt.

  • I love getting a glimpse into other areas of Humboldt.

  • The Hobbiton Trail is the perfect way to walk off a Chimney Tree burger, fries and milkshake! (Curly fries rule!) For collectors of Salmon Creek trivia, any of the ubiquitous “paddles” seen around the neighborhood were also carved by Fenwick. He’d been inspired by a quote from Thoreau (?) who was describing a harrowing trip downriver after overturning his canoe: “I never let go of that paddle!” We drove out to California with a nine-foot paddle that had a wavy blade (the way it would look under rippling water) bolted to the roof of a ’76 Nova. He was supposed to be delivering it to a patron of the arts in Santa Barbara. When we arrived and found his benefactor out of town, we took a detour to visit a friend of his up here and I fell for the place! Still in love with this community and the good folks in it like you, Kym!

  • The Hobbiton Trail is the perfect way to walk off a Chimney Tree burger, fries and milkshake! (Curly fries rule!) For collectors of Salmon Creek trivia, any of the ubiquitous “paddles” seen around the neighborhood were also carved by Fenwick. He’d been inspired by a quote from Thoreau (?) who was describing a harrowing trip downriver after overturning his canoe: “I never let go of that paddle!” We drove out to California with a nine-foot paddle that had a wavy blade (the way it would look under rippling water) bolted to the roof of a ’76 Nova. He was supposed to be delivering it to a patron of the arts in Santa Barbara. When we arrived and found his benefactor out of town, we took a detour to visit a friend of his up here and I fell for the place! Still in love with this community and the good folks in it like you, Kym!

  • Kato, I never knew that is why the paddles were carved. I love the story!

  • Kato, I never knew that is why the paddles were carved. I love the story!

  • I did a little exploration of tiki carvings last spring. I haven’t yet gotten around to photographing and posting Easter Island Bob, which is my rendition of this style, but I did post pictures of the other three I did.

    The first post is here and there are three posts in a row.

    If I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll try to remember to take pics of Bob and post them.

    I really enjoyed doing them, so when Halloween was approaching, I did a big five foot version from a log from a tree in our back yard, with eyes drilled out for lights, and the mouth drilled through for connection to one of our fog machines.

    It. Totally. Rocked.

    I was going to relegate the big guy to the corner of the back yard until next Halloween, but everyone objected and talked me into leaving him out front and giving him a little uplighting at night to accent him. I hadn’t really thought of him as a sculpture, more of a prop.

    He sits out front, and people stop on the way by to check him out now. (sans lit eyeballs and fog, though)

    I’ll post some pics of him as well.

  • I did a little exploration of tiki carvings last spring. I haven’t yet gotten around to photographing and posting Easter Island Bob, which is my rendition of this style, but I did post pictures of the other three I did.

    The first post is here and there are three posts in a row.

    If I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll try to remember to take pics of Bob and post them.

    I really enjoyed doing them, so when Halloween was approaching, I did a big five foot version from a log from a tree in our back yard, with eyes drilled out for lights, and the mouth drilled through for connection to one of our fog machines.

    It. Totally. Rocked.

    I was going to relegate the big guy to the corner of the back yard until next Halloween, but everyone objected and talked me into leaving him out front and giving him a little uplighting at night to accent him. I hadn’t really thought of him as a sculpture, more of a prop.

    He sits out front, and people stop on the way by to check him out now. (sans lit eyeballs and fog, though)

    I’ll post some pics of him as well.

  • This guy in his seasonal adornments would make a good theme for a Salmon Creek School fundraising calendar. I’d love to have one, and buying a calendar’s a better bet than buying quilt raffle tickets.

  • This guy in his seasonal adornments would make a good theme for a Salmon Creek School fundraising calendar. I’d love to have one, and buying a calendar’s a better bet than buying quilt raffle tickets.

  • What, you haven’t won one? Ah, I’m sure the next quilt is for you. You just need a few more tickets;>

  • What, you haven’t won one? Ah, I’m sure the next quilt is for you. You just need a few more tickets;>

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