Mund creates wood art with historic and cultural themes

By Shanna Avery

Herald Review Staff Writer

CHASE — Chase Township resident Orville Mund combines his hobby of woodworking with his love of local history — his family being early settlers in the area.

Mund often shows his latest woodwork at the monthly Chase Historical Society meetings at Chase Township Public Library.

On Tuesday he brought his latest wood art to the meeting, "The Cross in the Circle."

Mund got the idea from a show he watched where someone chipped away at a 50 cent coin to form a cross framed by the coin's rim.

"When I saw the person on the show making a cross out of a 50 cent piece, I thought I could make a larger replica with wood," Mund said.

The slab of wood Mund used to make the piece is over 100 years old, dating back to 1905. He used a coping saw with a round blade to make the circular frame around a carved out cross. He attached a hanger so it can be hung on a wall.

Mund donated the piece to the Chase Historical Society to be given away as a free door prize at next month's meeting.

Diane Johnson, who heads the Chase Historical Society, was impressed with Mund's work and the fact he crafted it using wood instead of a coin.

"Orville has sterling character to not deface a coin," she said. "Anyone interested in winning "The Cross in the Circle" should come to our meeting in June and share in the exchange of historic ideas."

The next Chase Historical Society meeting will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at the Chase Township Public Library, 8400 North Street, Chase.