Dan Miller
Several of the Walter Harvey carvings owned by the Irving Heritage Society are now on display in the Mustang Museum, 5205 North O’Connor, Suite 155.  Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, the museum provides free admission and validation for garage parking.
Walter Harvey opened his first Barbeque restaurant in 1955 along Loop 12 in Irving, Texas.  He moved the business three times over the next decade before settling at the intersection of Grauwyler and Union Bower in 1967.  From this location, in a building that had begun as a church, Walter and his family served BBQ to well satisfied customers for the next 35 years.
During the early days, when he was establishing the business, he found himself with time on his hands.   To fill the down-time he taught himself to whittle.  He found he had a natural ability and over the years became very skilled at the craft.  His carving, many of them caricature carvings of cowboy figures reflect Walter’s sly sense of humor.
Members of the community treasure their pieces of Walter Harvey folk-art.  Walter Harvey, who died in 2001, is himself a piece of Americana.
For more information on the exhibit or other Irving Heritage Society activities, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.
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