Lorain welcomed its first official guest of the International Festival yesterday as the Captain docked at the Black River Landing yesterday afternoon. Guided down by carver Bud Emerson, he of the 2nd Street Carvings fame, the Captain will remain at BRL until after the Festival next weekend.
Bud, only using trees that have been taken down for a reason and never cutting just to carve, inverted this trunk for the Captain. With three branches splitting off from the main trunk, Bud turned two of them into waves on the sides of the ship and the foremost branch became the bow of the ship and the water it was cutting through.
Using a small torch, Bud burned parts of the sculpture to add definition and contrast.
Grateful for the reception he’s received and the appreciation shown for his work, Bud donated a carving of an eagle to the City of Lorain. On hand to thank him for his work was Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko,
and Service Director Robert Gilchrist.
Be sure to stop by the Depot sometime next weekend to see the Captain.