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G. Pufahl, Monona Woodcarver


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 10/20/2010 at 01:47:33

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Gus Pufahl, Monona, Iowa, farmer, carves elaborate fans and flowers, each from one piece of wood. He uses only 3 tools.

~Popular Science Monthly, September 1927, Vol 111, No 3, pg 55 (caption for the photo shown below)


When it comes to fine carving, probably no man in Iowa excels our fellow townsman, Gustave Pufahl, relates the 'Monona Leader'. He has a wonderful display of his handiwork at his home, which the public is invited to visit. His latest carving is that of a yoke of oxen attached to a plow by a heavy chain, and a man behind the plow, all carved from one piece of wood (butternut) on a base 12 inches long by 6 inches wide. The animals are perfectly matched and every detail brought out. He says he kept no track of the time spent on it, but it is an wonderful piece of work.
~Elgin Echo, February 17, 1938


Gust Pufahl, retired farmer of Monona, has returned to his hobby of whittling objects of art from blocks of wood. He uses only ajackknife and most of his completed subjects are much sought after by collectors.
~Postville Herald, March 11, 1942


Gustav Pufahl, passed away in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul Hardt, at Dubuque, November 3, 1949 at the age of 91 years. Services were held at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Monona.
~Postville Herald, November 9, 1949

Additional info:
1. Some of the carvings by Gus Pufhal can be seen at the Monona Historical Society & Willa Helwig museum in Monona.
2. The 1925 Iowa State census, Monona, Clayton county, enumerated: Gustav F. Pufahl, age 66, b. Germany, father: Gotlieb (b. Germany), mother: Wilelmina Cobs (b. Germany)
Elizabeth, wife, age 65, b. Iowa, father: Christoph S. Bierbaum (b. Germany), mother: Christine M. Johanningmeier (b. Germany)


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