"Wood Arts and Creations" will feature the
work of Ryan Bonjour, of Cedar Falls, owner
OSAGE I The art of woodturning is the focus
of the latest exhibit opening at the Mitchell
County Historical Museum.
The grand opening of the exhibit is from 1 -
5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the historical
museum located in the Cedar River
Bonjour, along with several family members, will be present to greet those attending the
opening. Bonjour is the son of Jill Schweiger and Lynn Bonjour, of Osage.
For 12 years, he has been creating and selling decorative and usable wood bowls,
vases, and bottle stoppers as well as game calls.
The "unofficial" side of his business is called Bonjour Calls, which features his game call
Self-taught, Bonjour is "always looking for unique ideas to try," said his wife Michelle.
"He reads books, magazines, watches videos of others, instructional videos," she said,
"and a lot of trial and error.
"His business really took off, in the beginning, with turkey calls. He has sent them all over
the United States."
"I enjoy the ability to have a vision and make it," Bonjour said. "Also, the pride of making
something that has visual value, especially when someone wants them and uses them."
With his calls, Bonjour has received "photos of what has been harvested with the use of
my calls along with the stories."
'The best word I can use to sum up Bonjours Turkey Calls is 'Quality'," Scott Britt,
customer. "When I first received my call, I have to admit I did not want to initially use it. I
only say this because of the beautiful craftsmanship displayed in it.
"I finally used it last turkey Season. I soon had two love struck Toms coming into the
beautiful sound from the slate within a hour of use.
"Ryan's calls are not only a work of art but they are also great tools to help increase
success on your next turkey hunt."
It generally takes Bonjour one to five hours, depending on the complexity and size.
Although he has no store, shop or real online presence, Bonjour has been successful in
selling his items by word-of-mouth, emails from Facebook and art shows.
Bonjour sells his items at the Cleveland Turret in Osage. He had a booth at last
weekend's Autumn Artistry.
Some of his items will be for sale at the museum. However, several of the items are on
temporary display from the personal collections of local residents.
"I am honored to be exhibiting at the museum," said Bonjour. "This is such an exciting
opportunity to display my art.
"Woodturning has always been a passion of mine and to be able to share it with the
community is an amazing thing."
The exhibit will run until Sunday, Nov. 9.
The Mitchell County Historical Museum is located at the Cedar River Complex, 809
Sawyer Drive Osage. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.