While some players approach pool as competitive sport, Bill Schroeder sees the artistry.
Schroeder, a wood carver and member of The View's pool league, created a collection of miniature carvings featuring league members around a pool table that serves as a conversation piece in the Minot assisted-living center's pool room. Schroeder carved eight league members from basswood, capturing their features, stances and a little of their personalities.
Schroeder took up carving 20 years ago.
Bill Schroeder carved members of his pool league in play. Schroeder participates in the league at The View.
"I started doing it just for something to do," he said. The self-taught carver quit after only about three years. But since moving a few years ago to The View, which has a Whittlers' Workshop, he picked up the hobby again.
The workshop is where he keeps many of his carvings, including his "Full Moon Saloon," featuring a variety of carved characters in an old saloon setting. There's the card player with the ace in his boot, the piano player, the sheriff about to take on a gunslinger and even Ole and Lena. Schroeder, from Parshall, also has carved some of his friends, including the crew at the Parshall grain elevator.
His other carvings include three-dimensional pictures and cottonwood plaques in the shape of castles.