It has been 20 years since Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park first opened their doors to tourists. To celebrate this special occasion and to thank the community for their support, Blue Ox will host a FREE Open House on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be Live Music, Food, Refreshments, and demonstrations by students from the Blue Ox Community School in Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Print Making and Pottery.
Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio 97.7 FM, a non-profit program of the Ink People Center for the Arts, will be raising funds for the station by selling: Beer donated by Lost Coast Brewery, Soda donated by Coca Cola Bottling Company, Bottled Water, Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Cookies. Special Musical Guests include Joe Garceau at 10 a.m., Julian Lang at 11:30 a.m., The John David Young Trio at 1 p.m. and Bud Rogers at 2:30 p.m.
Blue Ox Millworks and the Historic Park have been recognized over the years in at least thirty national and international magazines as well as on many national television programs. They receive thousands of visitors every year from all over the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica. Visitors will get the chance to see the nation’s largest collection of Barnes Equipment Company Human Powered tools, a complete operating 1800s letterpress print shop, an apothecary, lapidary, blacksmith shop, ceramics studio, a re-created skid camp, a rose garden with over 100 roses, and the animal residents of Blue Ox, including Jackson the donkey, Principe the horse and of course, Babe and Blue their Belgian Blue Ox who each weigh in at 2,800 lbs.
The student store is filled with hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts created by the students of the Blue Ox Community School. Items include ceramic bowls and cups, beautifully carved wood bowls and decorations, fire pokers and steak turners created in the blacksmith shop, jewelry, t-shirts, and more. All purchases made at the gift store are split between the student that made the item and the school field trip fund.
Blue Ox Millworks is one of the last true custom millwork shops in the United States. Their full mill and collection of antique woodworking tools gives them the flexibility to tackle most any woodworking challenge, whether restoration or new construction. Clients from all over the country include historic governor’s mansions, cathedrals, saloons, and libraries, well as private homeowners. From custom doors and windows to Gingerbread details and redwood gutters, Blue Ox Millworks can do it all.
Come spend the day, take a free tour, and help celebrate Humboldt’s History with Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park, located at the corner of 1 street and X Street in Eureka near the Bay. For More information visit them on the web at www.blueoxmill.com or call 444-3437. Blue Ox can also be found on the web on Facebook (Blue Ox) and Youtube (Blueoxvillage).