Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Ox Man Cometh

Eric Hollenbeck and Blue Ox Millworks featured in documentary film

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

They don't make 'em like they used to. Except for the Blue Ox Millworks, where owner/craftsman Eric Hollenbeck and his wife Viviana have been turning out architectural millwork the old-fashioned way for 40 years. That means using tools, techniques and materials from centuries past and the sweat that goes with it. Students at the Blue Ox Community High School get the benefit of those skills, along with a little airtime on 97.7 FM, Blue Ox Radio. What aren't they doing over there?

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They don't make 'em like Hollenbeck anymore, either. Go to the free screening of The Ox, a very short documentary about the man, on Sunday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m., RSVP to reserve seats (323-522-6953) at the Eagle House in Eureka. The mini-doc features Hollenbeck's musings on what it means to be a craftsperson and how he learned his trade. Stick around to ask the Hollenbecks and filmmaker Ben Proudfoot a few questions and listen to some live music. Michael Fields hosts the all ages-event, which promises surprise guests.


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