This hobby offers signs of the times


January 29, 1998|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Wayne and Barb Kolb were staffing booths for two charitable groups at the Montgomery County Fair when they noticed a man carving wooden signs.

Today, the Kolbs do the same work out of their home in Detour and hope to expand their hobby into a business. But Wayne's not quite ready to give up his job as a gourmet meat cutter at Giant in Olney.

They have started to market the signs, made mostly of redwood, beyond their circle of family, friends and contacts from craft shows and festivals.

Their big push: Valentine's Day signs for loved ones.

They can do serious signs or romantic ones. They can do humorous messages, too. They offer pictures of cannibals boiling their prey in a large caldron for hot tub owners, signs for children's rooms and Scripture-based signs.

The latter is not surprising, given Wayne Kolb's work as an unpaid pastor for the Friends of Truth Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Thurmont.

As their business expands, the Kolbs hope to use their product as fund-raisers for schools and nonprofit groups. The couple have lived in Detour for years. They previously lived in Gaithersburg. They have four children and a 21-year-old former foster child -- whom they consider their own -- and two younger foster children.

Stefan Mach, a full-time roofer and part-time seminary student, helps with the business.

The highlight of the Kolbs' sign-making came in the early 1990s, when one of the leaders of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County asked them to make a sign.

The sign said, "Bill and Hillary, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., The White House." That was before Clinton became president.

Information: 410-775-7777.

Chow time

Looking for some cheap eats for a good cause this weekend? Here are a couple of ideas:

The Christian Adult Group at St. Paul's United Methodist Church has a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fellowship hall, 200 Main St., New Windsor.

The cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for age 12 and younger.

Information: 410-635-2177 or 410-635-2442.

Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Company will have a pancake and french toast breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The breakfast will be at the activities building near Routes 194 and 550 in Frederick County.

The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for ages 5 to 10.

Information: 301-898-5100.

Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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