Cedar Grove Holland Festival 2016
Since 2004 Luke Traver has been working with Master Shoe Carver Bob Siegel, Jr. (Sieg), first as a helper then as an assistant to learn the trade. In 2011 Luke finished a one year apprenticeship with Sieg that was supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sieg retired in 2014 leaving Luke to carry on the mission to preserve this lost art for future generations.
In addition to carving wooden shoes, Luke learned the lost art of caning and rushing antique chairs from his grandfather, Roy Myers, when Roy was in his 90s.
Luke loves to work with his hands. At an early age he began carving primitive walking sticks and staffs. He now uses a wood lathe to turn bowls, handles, spin tops and Christmas ornaments.
Luke is located in Oostburg, Wisconsin. He would love to hear from you. Contact Luke today.