Irving Heritage Society past president and volunteer of the Irving Archives, Eleanor Corry Bell is shown arranging a collection of Walter Harvey carvings which will be displayed at the West Library through the month of January.  The pieces are owned by the Irving Heritage Society, Don Hamill, and the family of Walter Harvey.

Walter Harvey was a man who never met a stranger.  He opened his first barbecue in Irving on Oct. 15, 1955, on Loop 12.  Eventually the business moved to a former church building on Grauwyler. Harvey was a self-taught whittler.  Cowboys were always a favorite subject and some of his figures are described as “caricature woodcarvings.”  Many table top scenes reflected a great deal of humor.

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