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Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park

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Address: 1 X St, Eureka, CA 95501-0847
Phone Number:
+1 800-248-4259
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Fully functioning victorian job shop specializing in custom woodworking and...

Fully functioning victorian job shop specializing in custom woodworking and custom millwork. Producers of fine architectural details for houses around the world. Masters of historic reproductions, including work for two governor's mansions, several historic cathedrals, and two presidents. Open for tours, year round.

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The Blue Ox Mill tour is a stunning experience. With craftsmanship being so much a dying art, seeing what is being created here by Eric Hollenbeck is truly amazing. The... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

The Blue Ox Mill tour is a stunning experience. With craftsmanship being so much a dying art, seeing what is being created here by Eric Hollenbeck is truly amazing. The woodworking is just unbelievably special, and far superior to what modern machinery can make today. The place is a gem and I don't know if another place like this even... More 

Thank Fouts11
Oshtemo, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a lovely, historic village. We could not see all the wood working shop as it was being used to build stuff. But it is a really lovely shop and the work they do with all these old pieces of equipment is marvelous. The stories we heard and read about on the rest of our tour was nice. Barney, the... More 

Thank LauraROshtemo
Coulterville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Fascinating old machinery still being used for repairs/restoration of Victorian buildings and other historic woks in the area. Appreciated both the demonstration and being able to watch the woodorkers actually building some great pieces. Loved all of the old buildings, the birds, equines, old cars, etc. Nice, non-commercial tour of large, authentic old machine shop. Such a contrast between the... More 

Thank DaleMMR
Eureka, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Blacksmithing, wood turning, plaster molds, ship building, and sash milling are some of the old crafts that are revived at Blue Ox. Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck have really brought historical craftsmanship to the forefront with a program that teaches youthful minds of all ages with their charter school for youth that have a hard time in regular schools and their... More 

Thank ChetTraveler
Rushville, Indiana
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

We had very limited time in Eureka, but my husband loves history and woodworking and this was a must see place for us. We got there around 4:30 pm and there last tour was at 4:00 pm, but because we were on our "bucket list" of things to see and were from the Midwest, they graciously insisted that we take... More 

1 Thank th0ds0n
Concord, California
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

The Blue Ox Millworks is an amazing place. Mr. Hollenbeck the owner began the tour by showing us the various machines for woodworking that date back into the 1800s. He cut wood shapes and explained how woodworking moved from handwork to electrical tools. He shared photos of some of the projects his millworks has completed. The most amazing was the... More 

1 Thank gail v
Eureka, California
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

The Hollenbecks have done a fantastic job of preserving, and sharing the history of this area and have helped disadvantaged youth by giving them a traditional education and craft to further enhance our history! Must see!

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Reviewed 24 October 2014 via mobile

If you are a woodworker, potter, spinner or weaver, this is the place for you. Facinating history and so awesome to see these antique tools still in use today and skills being taught to teens and vetrans. Give yourself plenty of time to poke around and boots would be a good idea on a rainy. We were fine with tennis... More 

1 Thank Carol v
Rialto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Blue Ox Millworks produces custom architectural millwork and interior and exterior details for historic homes and new construction projects. It also is a school, and a historic park. We were given an introduction to the park when we arrived. Then we toured on our own thru the various exhibits. I loved the smell of fresh sawdust which reminded me of... More 

2 Thank Diane C
Livermore, California
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

This was our second visit to Blue Ox and as with the first time, we were fascinated with the tools and work Eric is doing--not only with wood, but with students and veterans. Both times we received a warm welcome and were able to watch work in progress. For students needing an alternative education, trades are learned by doing. This... More 

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