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Artisans Attracted to City Hall for Bash Events

By Fred Tarpley

Commerce, TX – Non-stop varied events will draw Bois d'Arc Bash crowds to Commerce City Hall for arts, crafts, videos, information, and demonstrations of bois d'arc archery. The free events are sponsored by the City of Commerce, the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, and the Bois d'Arc Capital Crafters Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24.

Jerry Lytle, bois d'arc artist, will stage a one-man show of his dramatic natural bois d'arc sculptor d cor, for which he has been acclaimed at showings in regional crafts shows. His exhibit will be complemented by a photography exhibit including portraits of Commerce bois d'arc artisans.. That display will continue until October 1.

Kent and Jay Garrett will be represented by decorative and provocative signs, attitude adjustors, herds of oak reindeer, kitchen utensils, goat soap, tables, bois d'arc lead pencils, stools, and tables.

Art Hendrix will exhibit lathed ballpoint pens and pencils, bowls, vases, cheese board mice, Christmas decorations, and bottle stoppers.

Jim Conrad and associates will demonstrate how they make dyes, paper, and paper flowers from parts of the bois d'arc tree.

In the City Council Chambers immediately after the 10 a.m. parade (about 10:30 to 11 a.m.) the reedited video, "Commerce: Bois d'Arc Capital of Texas," will be shown. The thirty-minute video now has new scenes from last year's bash. The production was photographed by Dave Walvoord and narrated and scripted by Fred Tarpley.

From 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, James W. West and Tim White of McKinney will be discussing "How to Select and Season Bois d'Arc Box Staves." Then they will be in front of City Hall to exhibit their bows, demonstrate bull's eye shooting, and chat with the crowd about archery.

The second showing of the bois d'arc video will be in the City Council Chambers from 12:30 until 1 p.m.

From 1:15 until 1:45, James W. West andTim White will return to discuss "How to Make a Bois d'Arc Bow. Immediately after their lecture, they will turn to the front of City Hall for more crowd interaction and archery demonstrations.

The third showing of the video, "Commerce: Bois d'Arc Capital of Texas," will be shown in the City Council Chambers from 2 until 3:30.

The fourth showing of the video, "Commerce: Bois d'Arc Capital of Texas, "will be in the City Council Chambers from 3:45 until 4:15.