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1481Letter to Fred Clark from Nina Gormley, February 22, 1992
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter thanking Fred Clark, President of Warren Tool Co., for promoting the Gilley Museum in its catalog. The letter also describes winter events at the museum as well as the museum's collection of taxidermy.
1480Rough Draft of Article by Fred Clark for The Mallet
  • Document, Manuscript
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
The published version of this draft appeared with the title "A Visit with Wendell Gilley, A Legend in the Carving World" in the National Carver's Museum publication, The Mallet. The author indicates that in Nov. 1979 Wendell told him about the planned building of the Wendell Gilley Museum.
1353Letter to Nina Gormley from Gertrude Bancroft
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Gardens
Description:
This letter is a reply to the Gilley Museum Director's request for a garden to be donated by the Garden Club of Mount Desert. It also mentions a carving of three gulls on a driftwood based that Mrs. Bancroft commissioned from Wendell Gilley.
1203Letter to Nina Gormley from Norman Ashley Willock
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter concerning the packing and shipping of a pintail duck carving commissioned from Wendell Gilley by Norman Willock and returned to the museum for repair.
1410Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from John A. Silver, Sept. 9, 1986
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter describes Mr. Silver's visit to Elmer Crowell's workshop where he purchased several miniature bird carvings, and his subsequent visit to Wendell Gilley's workshop. Enclosed are photographs of a greater yellowlegs and a duck carved by Crowell. Silver also describes Wendell Gilley's trip to Abercrombie and Fitch where he was inspired to start bird carving.
1445Letter from Jack Ekstrom to Fred Clark, 1993
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter to the president of Warren Tool Co. from artist Ekstrom about an article and artwork of Wendell Gilley's chickadee for Popular Woodworking. Ekstrom describes how he had to carve the chickadee himself before he could finish the article.
1440Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from Donald M. Fenner, August 26, 2001
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Describes Wendell Gilley's visit to Herkimer New York where in 1967 Fenner invited him to be guest speaker at the National Woodcarvers Association Woodcarving Show held there. This letter is accompanied by photos of Wendell Gillley at the show.
1439Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, November 6, 1978
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, containing Wendell Gilley's pencil illustrations of carving knives and blades
1438Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, December 2, 1979
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, discussing carving knives and blades
1437Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, November 17, 1978
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, concerning wood carving tools and ways of holding tools on a work bench. Also mentioned is a grouse carving loaned to Harry Meech, one of the founders of the National Carvers Museum.
1435Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Sherman L. Smith, November 9, 1961
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter accompanying a photograph of the Bostitch Company lobby where Wendell Gilley's carving of terns were on display
1412Christmas Card from Addie and Wendell Gilley, 1969
  • Document, Correspondence, Greeting Card
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Christmas card featuring a carving of a family of bald eagles, the female perched on the edge of the nest of two chicks, the male on a branch above with wings spread. Marked 1969 on reverse of card
1413Christmas Card from Addie and Wendell Gilley, 1976
  • Document, Correspondence, Greeting Card
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Christmas card featuring a carved barn owl on a piece of driftwood. Signed "Addie & Wendell Gilley." Marked "Xmas 1976" on reverse side of card
1411Christmas Card from Addie and Wendell Gilley
  • Document, Correspondence, Greeting Card
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Christmas card featuring a pair of carved wood ducks on a piece of driftwood. No date. Signed "Addie & Wendell Gilley"
1415Christmas Card from Addie and Wendell Gilley, 1968
  • Document, Correspondence, Greeting Card
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Christmas card featuring a carved saw-whet owl. Signed "Wendell & Addie Gilley" below image. Marked 1968 on reverse side of card.
1414Christmas Card from Addie and Wendell Gilley, 1967
  • Document, Correspondence, Greeting Card
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Christmas card featuring a carved saw-whet owl surrounded by snow covered greenery. Signed "Sincerely, Wendell & Addie Gilley" and dated 1967 on reverse side of card
1365Letter to the Wendell Gilley Museum from Sonia Cohn, Apr. 4, 1983
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
The letter writer is asking for more information on Wendell Gilley after watching a Boston television program profiling him. She also mentions owning a Gilley carving of a mallard pair.
1220Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Thank you letter for a gift of a carved pair of ruffed grouse
1218Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Other Object, Decoys
Description:
Letter describing the making of 36 duck decoys.. O'brien also mentions picking up a finished woodcock from Gilley.
1207Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter discusses sending text, artwork, and photos for the book, Art of Bird Carving, to Byron Cheever. Flying goose, bob-white and blue quail carvings are also mentioned.
1355Letter from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. to Belton Kleberg (B. K.) Johnson, May 6, 1971
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter describes a carving of a blue quail and bobwhite purchased by Johnson
1354Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Donal C. O'Brien, Jr., May 9, 1980
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Discusses carvings to be included in the museum collection.
1205Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
This letter acknowledges receipt of a letter and chisel from Gilley, and discusses various carvings including a spotted sandpiper on a mussel shell and two pairs of quail
1219Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Other Object, Decoys
Description:
O'Brien acknowledges receipt of a spotted sandpiper carving from Gilley and discusses a handle Gillely designed for an X-Acto blade as well as decoy designs.
1212Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Note from O'Brien included with a copy of a letter from Byron Cheever. O'Brien mentions having been asked by Peggy Rockefeller if Gilley would sell her a flock of geese.