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Eureka’s Blue Ox Millworks – Museum, School and Historic Park

Published on: March 04, 2012

One of the most unique places you can visit among many museums on the Northern California Redwood Coast is Blue Ox Millworks, a commercial venture which also features an historic park and accredited school. Master craftsman and owner Eric Hollenbeck has  such a passion that he’s spread enthusiasm around the globe by opening his business to fascinated visitors who can take self guided tours of  rambling facilities or sign up for a narrated journey.

But the successful entrepreneur and his partner/wife Viviana, don’t stop there. Always caring about community, they listened when kids came to visit, and noticed that some would benefit from a different type of learning not offered in traditional schools.  Eric crafted a program with the help of local schools and government agencies to give high school students an opportunity to learn  hands-on skills. They can graduate and receive a high school diploma with lessons at Blue Ox Millworks teaching them how to run a radio station which the facility operates,  printing techniques, writing and of course, woodworking.

Helping fund the operations is a fully functioning Victorian job shop which produces custom architectural millwork, as well as interior and exterior details for historic homes and new construction projects around the United States.  With an amazing collection of antique machines, some items are made authentically as they were at the turn of the 20th century!  Corbels, turned columns, redwood gutter, balusters, gable decorations, Gingerbread, wood windows and custom doors are some of the items produced.

Twice per year the public can enjoy special events hosted on the grounds of the historic park. On Saturday, May 5, 2012, come out and Celebrate Craftsmanship as Blue Ox Millworks transforms itself into a craftsman’s paradise. Woodworkers, blacksmiths, potters, weavers, and other craftsmen of all types showcase their wares and explain their techniques to the public. Old time music, puppet shows, and good food help to round out an enjoyable family-friendly event. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost:  $8 ($7 with food bank donation), Kids under 12: Free.

  • Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park
  • One “X” Street
  • Eureka, CA 95501-0847
  • Toll Free: (800)248-4259
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