Real Ranger: Bob Briski and Auggie's Owls

Updated: March 02, 2021 05:43 PM
Created: March 01, 2021 08:22 PM

Bob Briski has been carving for about a dozen years. It started with walking sticks. And now, it's all about owls.

"Dremmel carving is so easy, there's nothing to it," he shared. He can crank out about a dozen a day. After the wood is shaped, he coats them in mineral oil and colors in the eyes.

Demand is high. "People, they just love the owls," he added. 

He places them at the end of Auggie's Bogwalk, which sits in birding country in the Sax Zim Bog.

The owls are in honor of his great-grandson, Augustus James Feth, who died during childbirth in 2018. His mother, Taylor Feth, loves how her boy is leaving a legacy.

"We've had people reach out to us, and say how much his memory means to them. And how other people who've lost children, how this has helped them. It encourages them to do stuff to keep their family member alive," Feth shared.

If you take an owl, you're encouraged to sign the book at the bogwalk. 

From that, they know people from around the world have the owls. 

"It's kind of indescribable, knowing he travels with everybody," Feth said.

Bob just tries to keep up. "It's so enjoyable to be able to give somebody something they enjoy."

And he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. "We've always said we'd keep Auggie's memory alive. I think we are doing a good job."

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