Southtowns Wood Carvers (Al Gerbig, Charles Trudel and John Petkovsky) , Circus Pole, 2005-2008; wood and paint, 99 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches; Gift of Southtown Woodcarvers, 2010
According to Mr. Gerbig, Chuck Trudel designed the circus pole, which was carved in public as a demonstration at the Erie County Fair. It is carved from one piece of wood that was divided into three sections from the base to the acrobats’ pavilion. John Petkovsky carved the base. Al Gerbig, who learned his craft in Michigan, carved the horses, ringmaster, decorative block, lion in a cage and bears. Chuck Trudel carved all the rest. It was on public display in the Hamburg Library before being acquired by the museum.