Troll Carving with Mike Feeney
Mt Horeb, WI
Mike Feeney's website
The trolls in the Mount Horeb Trollway are made by Mike
Feeney. Mike models the trolls after people and characters he remembers
and knows. One of his first trolls was the chicken thief troll. He made
this troll after hearing stories about people who would steal chickens
to feed their families in the Great Depression. The chicken thief has
a chicken on his head, one in a bag, and one in his hand.
In Norway the trolls are evil and mean. They poison wells
and burn houses and eat people. Mike's trolls are new world trolls and
have a sort of humor to them.
Frankie, the accordion-playing troll, was a real person
in Mt. Horeb. There are lots of funny Frankie stories. One time, it's
said, some people drove him up to LaCrosse and then left. They dropped
him off at 3 a.m. and at 6 a.m. he was back on his bench. Mike was inspired
to make the Frankie troll with the accordion at Mt. Horeb Summer Art
Fair. He and his friends were sitting and talking when Frankie showed
up and started playing a tune on the accordion. Nobody ever knew he
was talented. After he finished the tune, they gave him a beer. He played
another tune and got another beer, and this just went on. Mike thought
it would make a good troll.
When Mike starts a troll, he uses a chainsaw to make the
basic shape. Then he uses smaller and smaller tools to get more detail.
The next trolls Mike will be doing are a tooth fairy troll and a troll
on a tricycle! --Anna