Rolf Radium Springs - The Home of 1000 Faces

On our way back from camping on Crown land we made a quick stop in Radium, not for the hot springs, but rather the wood carver - Rolf Heer.  I am not quite sure how Rebecca met this man, or when, but we had to make a stop on the way back.  The place - The Home of 1000 Faces.  What can you see at the home of 1000 faces?  Well, for starters, lots of faces.  Second, lots of woodcarvings.  And third, but not finally, goats.  

Not sure if this place was Rolf's home or workshop or possibly both.  The man definitely appears to be a craftsman.  He greeted us at the door and after we paid our entrance fee (I believe it was $4 a person) we chatted with Rolf for a bit.  His brother was visiting from Switzerland.  He then gave us some stale nacho chips and invited us to go and feed the goats.  Yes, goats!  The workshop is easily 3 or 4 levels with pathways specifically designed for the goats.  We toured the inside of his shop a bit before making our way outside to feed the goats.  

We finished, after snapping quite a few photos, on the ground floor.  Rolf had just started to work on a piece and explained that he had thousands of bottles left from his Halloween party.  So, not only was it the home of 1000 faces but also the home of thousands of bottles.  The bottom floor had some fun 'traps' where you could push buttons or twist doorknobs and water would squirt out from some unknown place.  If you get the chance and find yourself in Radium with a few hours to kill, stop on by and check out the art!

(Lamp post as we entered)

(A few of the thousand of faces)

(Admission sign)

(A few more of the faces inside the shop)

(Not really sure what this photo was supposed to be of...)

(A wooden creature of sorts, pretty cool)

(A few more sculptures)

(Time to feed the goats some stale nacho chips)

(Rebecca feeding the goats)

(Me feeding the goats)

(From what Rebecca told me all of the things inside this room were found while Rolf was in the woods cutting down trees.  This may have been a tenth of the items plus there was another room.)

(A few of the thousand bottles)

(Strolling through the ground floor/workshop area.  Those black plastic bags were also filled with bottles.  So, if you are in Radium over Halloween, stop by his place - must be a great party.)

(Not sure what happened when I twisted this doorknob, possibly nothing)

(Luckily, I was standing in the right place here)

(Lonely Bear)

(Rebecca had a seat)

(A few more of the faces with bodies)

(Lots to see, that was for sure.  We were on our way back to Calgary so probably only spent an hour there.)

(Not quite sure what either of these sculptures were supposed to be)

(A workbench, perhaps)

(See the face?)

(A few more of the faces on the outside)

(A glimpse of the upper level.  Not exactly the best shot but hopefully gives you some idea.)

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