by Mark Bergmann
It is difficult to comprehend but Edgar Decker Kirk spent more than 40 years carving this 3500 piece circus display.
According to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, he started the circus as a toy for his children and would carve during breaks from his job as a railroad brakeman in Harrisburg, PA. He completed the circus in 1956. I feel like Ripley’s believe it or not here but….. he carved this entire circus using only a penknife and a foot powered jigsaw.
This display is housed in the same building as the 500-foot long Roy Arnold circus parade. Each piece in Arnold’s display is an accurate reproduction of wagons from the Golden Age of circuses. Sorry folks, we were so amazed, we forgot to take a photo.