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« on: June 30, 2009 03:03:08 PM »

From what I can recall.. Uncle Lib has always worked in the steel mills as a welder.. He worked with my wife's father for many years traveling up and down the east coast welding bridges and buildings.. Both men were avid musicians and played in numerous bands also on some local radio stations..

Approx 10 years ago.. Lib suffered a stroke.. and lost the use of his right arm as well as his left leg..  thus ending his musical talents and welding career.. But things work in mysterious ways.. he once could carve and whittle wood to pass the time..


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Loosing the use of his right arm and hand (his pronounced side) has not slowed him down.. He still crafts and draws some fine folk art to this day.

Here is just a sample of some of his work..


"Rough Riding Cowboy" Art By Uncle Lib
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"Song & Dance Bench" Art By Uncle Lib
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2009 03:19:15 PM »

That is the most amazing story I have seen. I love it so much I'm almost crying. Tell Uncle Lib he is AWESOME and his work is amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2009 03:20:00 PM »

That's fantastic stuff!  Just goes to show that it's really only your approach to life that can slow you down.  What an inspiration!
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009 04:01:42 PM »

Is he closer to Bristol/Johnson City or Knoxville?
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009 05:31:32 PM »

what a great week to post this, because i think he's got a true american story.  because i'm always between cultures, it takes a lot to make me feel patriotic, but your Uncle Lib did.  sometimes we forget that america has this folk-art (and stick-to-it-ive) side to us.  i hope he gets in some exhibits so that we can remember a little more.
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009 05:36:22 AM »

I have tears in my eyes too.  What an amazing man.  He is so sweet.  You can see the joy and content in his life.  His work is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  You tell Uncle Lib he is one of the most amazing folk artist's I have ever seen.  I am an Ozarks girl next door in Missouri.  I am awe inspired.  I love his craft cabin. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2009 04:01:21 PM »

This just goes to show that the creative spirit always comes out somehow. I hope you get a folk art show for your uncle.

And a ditto to nataluna's reminder that the US has a folk art history too.
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