Note: This feature is in the Aug. TT&C 2019 issue.
While David Williams peddles peanuts for a living, it was North Carolina’s swamp logging operations that inspired him to create his first model display.
The detailed 132-square-foot display portrays a timber harvesting scene that rivals reality, with a miniature forest being logged with 1/50 scale equipment.
But let’s start at the beginning.
Dave grew up in the same county where he now lives, in Currituck, located near the Outer Banks of northeastern North Carolina. The Outer Banks is a string of peninsulas and barrier islands separating the Atlantic Ocean from mainland North Carolina.
That’s where Dave’s family started farming, raising diversified crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans. Dave’s father also started the only grain elevator located in the county at the time.
“My family comes from a long line of farmers,” he explains. “Grain and agriculture have always been in our family.”
Now 59 years old, Dave remembers his earliest affiliations with agriculture.
A Cat 345B works on the forest floor.
A busy scene shows stumps being cleared from the forest. Dave used cornstalks to replicate the tree stumps.
This view of the logging operation shows the types of trees Dave created for the display, incorporating real branches with the trees he made.
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