A carpenter creates a scale model of the fairground’s four-lane barn
TODAY AT THE FAIR
Family day, $ 3 entry for everyone and $ 12 all day pass
9 a.m. Horse Arena – Junior Fair Polyvalence Show
10:00 am Grandstand – Draft horse team show in open class
12 p.m. Horse Arena – Junior Fair Competition
12:00 p.m. Main Arena – Cattle Sale – Pigs
12h00 Opening of the rides
7 p.m. grandstand (free event) Mod Rod
DOVER – Wayne Dyer of Port Washington has a special talent when it comes to creating scale replicas of wooden dump trucks, rigs and wind turbines.
This skill has earned him numerous Blue Ribbons at the Tuscarawas County Fair.
One of his finest creations is a replica of the historic Four Way Barn from the fair he created four years ago. The barn is very detailed. There are even bars on the doors of the horse stalls, the bars being made of hangers.
Visitors to the fair this year will have the chance to see Dyer’s creation. It is on display in the four-lane barn and will be there until October.
Dyer has been making wooden toys and furniture since he retired in 2012 as a heavy equipment operator.
Each year he takes part in the fair’s fine arts competition. One year he decided he was going to build a replica of the four-lane barn.
“I just wanted something unique, something different, something other people didn’t have,” he said.
His son, David, took pictures of the interior and exterior of the barn to guide his father in the construction.
It took Wayne about two months to build it.
“It takes a little while to figure out how to do it, how to design it, because there are no plans,” he said. “You have to design it yourself, but it’s good when you have pictures”
Dyer approached the job as if he was building a real building.
“You have to build like you build an ordinary house,” he said. “You must first build the frame of the house before installing the siding.”
The barn has a lot of rooms, all of which had to be sanded and painted. Once he painted the barn it lifted the grain of the wood so it had to be sanded a second time. Then it had to be repainted.
Unsurprisingly, his replica of the Four Way Barn won a blue ribbon at the Tuscarawas County Fair that year.
But after the fair was over, Dyer had to figure out what to do with the large replica, which is about 20 inches wide and 20 inches high. The doors are too small for children to play with, so he decided to donate them to the fair’s board. It was presented at the show for the first time this year.
The dyer hasn’t finished working the wood.
He presented two items at the fair this year: a backhoe and a drilling rig. Both won blue ribbons.
Dyer operates River Valley Custom Woodworking from his home and sells his toys at area festivals including the Atwood Fall Festival. He is also building an office for Top Notch Auto in Gnadenhutten. However, he doesn’t build a lot of furniture because he has to have a specific buyer for what he’s building.
Many people collect his wooden replicas of fire trucks, army tanks and Apache helicopters.
“I want to build something new all the time,” Dyer said.