Archive for the ‘Nutcracker Collector's Club’ Category

A few months ago Brandon was contacted to do a restoration for Arlene Wagner.  If you are not familiar with Arlene, she is not only the founder and curator of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, author of The Art & Character of Nutcrackers but also has her new claim to fame….She was the first guest on the new Conan O’Brien show, Conan.

Arlene Wagner and Conan
Arlene Wagner and Conan

Back to the nutcracker…..The nutcracker she is having restored is a remarkable piece.  It is dated  approximately  to the 1500’s.   She wanted to restore this nutcracker by adding the bird that is missing from his hat….



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Brandon sculpted a few examples and the final design was agreed upon.  He is now on to carving.IMG_8313


Check back for updates on this restoration.

Also, the Seahorse Figural Nutcracker is done!  Check back for pictures.

After leaving Mike and Linda’s home we attended dinner at the Golden Age of Trucking Museum.  We had a fabulous dinner buffet and participated in a give and take game. Everyone that participated got to either choose a wrapped nutcracker or take one that someone else had already unwrapped….it was a good time!

The museum was a wonderful venue for the dinner.  Below is the brochure for them and if you click on the picture it will take you to their web page.IMG_6421IMG_6423

After dinner we wondered through the museum and were awed by the collection of trucks, cars, signs and pedal cars.  Here are some photos of what you can find in the museum..IMG_6286IMG_6288IMG_6298IMG_6289


If  you are in the area stop by the museum and check out their collections.  You won’t be disappointed.