Historical hobby is a gift
MILWAUKEE - An impressive display of history is on display at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Museum. There you'll find hand-sculpted treasures from the 1700's to today.
That's because a collection of wooden soldiers was donated by Dr Richard Rech. The 85-year-old retired dentist and graduate of Marquette Dental School has mastered the art of chiseling replicas. As a young boy he learned that staying busy meant fewer chores.
He laughs, "My mother made me do it. She kept me busy otherwise I was digging dandelions or dusting the furniture!"
The result? An ability to create painstaking wooden soldiers. Each one takes fifty hours to complete. Dr. Rech explains, "They're all very accurate to size and scale. If it's a metal part, its metal, if its a wood part its wood."