FRANKLIN — The Miners Hall Museum launched its first quarterly exhibit of 2017 Monday.

Carving a Lasting Legacy focuses on the art of wood carving and is hosted by Nancy Arthurs. Arthurs has been carving wood since she took a class at Labette Community College 30 years ago.

Miners Hall Director Jason Russell said the carving theme fit well with traditional first-quarter exhibits.

“Typically in our first quarter we do something crafty,” he said. “Last year we did the Sew Happy exhibit and worked with sewing.”

The museum currently has many of Arthurs’ carvings on display from her award-winning Folk Santas to wooden dolls to pieces she created for class. Arthurs had to track down many of the carvings.

“A lot of the pieces from Nancy had to be borrowed from her benefactors,” Russell said. “She sold much of her work, but many buyers donated items back for display.”

A few of the carvings were done by other artists, and Russell said the museum has several local pieces coming in.

The exhibit runs through March 30 and will include three special programs. The programs will focus on different kinds of carving, and offer demonstrations from Arthurs.

The first special program will take place at 2 p.m. January 15. During this program, Arthurs will demonstrate the basics of carving wood, holding tools and varnishing while carving a Folk Santa.

The second program is at 2 p.m. February 19 and will revolve around a demonstration on carving wooden dolls.

“The second one will include a lot of cool techniques,” Russell said. “Even carving full-blown joints.”

The third program will be at 2 p.m. March 5. This program will focus on found wood carvings. Found wood is a style of carving in which the artist decides what to carve based on what they see in the shapes of the wood. Arthurs will take input from attendees about what images they see in the wood.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Miners Hall Museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission to the exhibit and all three special programs are free to the public. Special programs will also include refreshments.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.