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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 - 61 Beach Continued from page 60 something different anyway. If a bear has a 'No Fishing' sign on it, they want one that says 'The Smiths' or 'Gone Fishing.' They tell me what they want and I do it." That was how Beach got the job of replacing the Bethany Beach totem pole. As the old one rotted away, the town wanted a replace- ment, but, they wanted it identical. "They knew what they wanted; they wanted an exact duplicate," he said. "I do quite a few totem poles now. Most come from word of mouth; someone sees me work in one place and recommends me to another." Working as a tree trimmer is about the extent of his training as a carver. He said he did some taxi- dermy and carved a few gun stocks, but he has no formal artis- tic training. He includes ice sculp- ture in his services, and he will come to a person's home and carve a stump that still resides in the ground. He considers a water fountain consisting of a lady hold- ing a vase as his most unusual or- der. "It's not really my style, but that's what they wanted and I could do it," be said. "Mostly, I do bears and eagles. They live close to our home." Beach's pieces range in price; most are between $150 to $350. "When I finish one, I think it's worth about $1 million," he laughed. "Then, it sits around a few hours and the price drops." The wood that turns into wildlife is often pine or spruce, sometimes cedar. The carver is not a stickler about working with only one kind. He puts several coats of wood preservative on each one and rec- ommends that his customers do the same if the sculpture is to re- side outdoors. In addition to fairs and festivals, he frequently enters chain saw Dennis Beach applies a deft touch with one of the delicate tools of his trade, a full-size chain saw, as he starts work on an eagle shniIar to the finished fowl in the foreground. The carv- er demonstrated his talents in front of the Roadhouse earlier this week. He will be seen at the Punkin' Chunkin' this faiL carving competitions and is a champion carver. He is sponsored by Poulan chain saws and he uses a variety of the manufacture's pieces of equipment. Other than using some special bars made for carving, Beach's saws are much the same as those used by home- owners. He uses some electric tools for sanding a finely carved beak or smoothing out the curve of a fish, but most of the precision carving is done with a bulky chain saw. A bear rising up from a log might take him little over an hour, hut an eagle with a trout proudly clutched in its talons might take most of a day. Beach will return to the area in November for Punkin' Chunkin' and he can be reached at his Penn- sylvania shop, 717-379-3965. All business people are invited to attend. For more information, call the chamber at 227-2233, Ext. 11. Resort chamber to meet July 1 Ocean Travel explores The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Mayan itinerary cruise Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its general membership meeting at noon, Wednesday, July 1, at Kings Creek Country Club, off Route !. Eli Cooper, assistant director of intermodai programs at Delawar e Line. Department of Transportation's The Sea Breeze sails from Fort division of planning, is tentatively uderdale, Fla., on a seven-night scheduled to give a talk on "The Mayan American itinerary. Ports Beth Wilson, a travel consultant with Ocean Travel, recently expe- rienced an overnight cruise aboard the Sea Breeze. The trip was sponsored by Ap- ple Vacations and Premier Cruise Future of Route 1 ." Also on the agenda is a legisla- tive update on developments that could effect members' futures by board members Kay Wheatley and Chip Hearn. The cost is $7.50, including gra- tuity, and will be collected at the entrance of the dining room at the luncheon. of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Belize; and Key West. The ship is smaller than most but offers hot tubs, a pool, disco, casino and Las Vegas-style shows. It is an alternative to the new megaships offered by some cruise lines. For more information, call Ocean Travel at 227-1607. HORS 00FICIONADC, Over $50,000 of tential revenue. Consider owning and enjoying po the benefits of an ultra-convenient 5-acre horse farm between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The revenue generated from the residential units (3) and some or all of the 13 available stalls for boarding make this unique property amazingly cost effective (if not self-sufficient) A great opportunity any way you .lice it. $299,000 Contact Skip Faust for specifics and a personal tour of Windswept Stables. (302) 227.5000 (800) 800-4134 REtlont IdlOm Ifall.] a,. ImaaallV Omma -a Inl Illlllamll mlllm Im. Packages Starting at