Indian chief

Indian chief

Indian This wooden cigar store “Indian Chief” was carved out of a live oak tree in Benton, Kentucky in 1868 by a Mr. Maxwell who also made figureheads for ships’ prows. Maxwell would build a scaffold around a living tree trunk, then carve and whittle until the desired figure took shape. When the head was done, he would then lop off the top part of the tree, let the trunk dry out as long as three years, then enlist his wife to paint it with three coats of enamel. It was donated to the Museum in 1938 by a Union, NH resident who’d purchased it at the “Kaintucky Museum”.

H1, first alcove

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