AMANA, Iowa — He’s built set models for major motion pictures and tiny models big on detail.
He’s Barclay Lawder, a world-class wood worker that lives in Amana.
In his retirement, Lawder has been making models of trains and tractors out of a wide variety of wood for years. More than 430 models to date.
What makes them unique? Lawder’s commitment to detail. Before making a model, he studies the blueprints of the trains and tractors. Lawder then draws each piece out on paper and cuts them from memory.
Models can take up to half a year to create.
“It’s my life. It’s what keeps me functioning. I’m not in very good health. Mentally, as long as I’m stable, which I am, I love this. It helps me keep going,” Lawder said.
Lawder sells a lot of the models he makes but displays others. You can check out some of his work at Woodfest in Amana, the weekend of the 22nd.
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