Jayhawk carving donated to university
A Tonganoxie man's re-creation of one of the state's best-known birds is now on display for the public to see.
Gene Schultz put the finishing touches last week on a basswood carving he made of a Jayhawk that has been donated to the University of Kansas. The carving will be displayed at the head of the conference table in a new physiology laboratory in Robinson Center.
Schultz worked as maintenance supervisor at the center for 15 years before retiring eight years ago.
Bob Lockwood, director of the facility, said he and Schultz recently were talking about the opening of the new lab when he said he'd like to have a special Jayhawk made to display on the wall.
"Gene told me that he'd make one for us," Lockwood said.
And so, Schultz went to work, carving not one, but two Jayhawks, to give to the center.
"They're awesome," Lockwood said. "Gene is such a great guy and he's so talented. And of course it means even more because he worked with me all those years."
Lockwood said the purpose of the new lab, which has been constructed where there were formerly five racquetball courts, is to research metabolism and energy balance.
Schultz began learning how to carve wood about 15 years ago when he and several friends enrolled in woodcarving classes in Johnson County and Topeka. Now, Schultz and three of his friends, Larry Heinen, Bill Smith and Kenny Eikenberry, all of Lawrence, and their wives, get together once a month so that the men can work on their projects while their wives have a chance to visit.