The National Woodcarving Museum and lots of shopping!!!

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Crazy Horse again ;)

Today we got up with the intentions of spending our last day at the cabin cleaning and packing. Well that lasted about two hours lol. We got up cleaned and packed most of what we could then we headed for Hill City to check it out. We hadn’t been there yet and decided we visit it before we left. The town is super busy but lots of fun. There’s a ton of different shops and everyone I met was really nice. If you can think of it the town probably has a store accommodating whatever it is you’re looking for. I stopped at quit a few of them and about an hour and a half later we were ready to head off to wherever we ended up at.

This was at the National Museum of Woodcarving just west of Custer. The Museum was built to hold Dr.

A Dr. Niblack wood carving.
Harley Niblack’s carvings and is a lot of fun to walk through and see the animations. It’s amazing to hear about a man who retired at the age of 42 after making two machines to help people with weight and arthritis. He then spent the rest of his life carving wood to show people how it used to be when he was younger. He lived to 72 and devoted 700,000 + hours to his work. It would take a person 35 years working 40 hrs a week, 52 weeks a year to accomplish what Mr. Niblack did in 28 years.  Three of his animated scenes appeared in the Smithsonian and are amazing to watch. In 1954-55 he designed and built the animation in Disneyland. There’s around 35 different displays in the Museum each one fantastic! It took me about an hour to get through the Museum and I loved every bit of it. At the end of it you can see the house carvers carving something in their studio and ask questions about whatever you’d like. You can then buy some of the carvers work in the Museum and in the gift shop. I bought a cute little bear with a hiking backpack on and an eagle for dad. I took lots of pictures so enjoy!

We then went back to the cabin sad that it was our last night in the black hills. The scenery is so beautiful there and the weather’s been so nice at night it makes you want to move there.

Ciao!

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Crazy Horse again ;)
Crazy Horse again ;)
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