BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE The Adirondack Carousel team welcomed Robert Eck of Plantation, Florida, at a special ceremony in the Adirondack Museum last week. Carousel followers and museum guests were treated to A Taste of the Adirondacks coffee and Lakeview Deli sandwiches as Eck unveiled his completed Bobcat for the ADK Carousel. Eck, born and raised in Plattsburgh, brought his wife Robin along for the 26-hour car ride from Florida to Northern New York. Eck expressed his great satisfaction in being part of the Carousel project. The looks of amazement from onlookers makes this entire project worthwhile for me, he noted. Also joining the Eck family at the museum were his mother, sister, nephew, grandnephew, and grandniece. Carving since 1970, Eck said that wildlife woodcarving was inevitable and that he just combined his outdoor interests with creative woodworking. In the years following his first blue ribbon in 1973, he has studied carving with many world champs such as bird of prey expert Floyd Scholz and fish carving pro Ed Walicki. Eck said he blames his mother, Helen Eck, a Plattsburgh resident, for getting him back into carving. After the passing of my father Robert Eck Sr. , also a carver, in 1997 my mother had numerous offers on the table from friends looking to buy all of his woodworking tools, said Eck. She sat on those offers and decided to give them to me. Now here we are 10 years later with a Carousel animal! Ecks varied wildlife carvings have taken blue ribbons and seven Best of Show awards in Florida and Michigan as well as World competitions. I enjoy carving for competition because it forces you to improve, to create better designs, to carve and paint each new piece beyond your previous one, noted Eck. The Bobcat will be a very special carving for me and if just one child enjoys my creative effort, it will be worth it. The Adirondack Carousel project has been in the works for the past few years. Volunteer carvers locally and from around the nation have generously donated their time and hard work to deliver the final Carousel figures. Most of the figures will be completed this summer and showcased at various events this summer and fall.