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Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park

1 X St, Eureka, CA 95501-0847
+1 800-248-4259
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a living craft museum

Blue Ox has a stellar living collection of old equipment for working wood for restoration projects... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Hands on!

This experience was so much more than I expected. Coming from out of state, we wanted to experience... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 X St, Eureka, CA 95501-0847
+1 800-248-4259
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Blue Ox has a stellar living collection of old equipment for working wood for restoration projects -- stairways, balconies, decorative -- sign making, pottery, stained glass, etc. This is both a museum and an active facility. Fascinating.

Thank rgl201
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This experience was so much more than I expected. Coming from out of state, we wanted to experience something unique and Blue Ox Millworks fit the bill. We signed up for a workshop where we made our own souvenirs. Eric, the proprietor, was friendly, patient...More

1  Thank 138rita
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and informative tour. Be sure to sign up for a workshop in the blacksmith shop or the woodworking shop (or both!). We spent four hours onsite and thoroughly enjoyed it. We turned pens on the lathe for a truly noteworthy souvenir and also...More

Thank David Z
Reviewed 20 June 2017

What an experience! My wife and I planned a fully guided tour and attended a lathe turning workshop at Blue OX Millworks. This experience was absolutely incredible. We called ahead and payed a little extra for a fully guided tour of this historical park and...More

2  Thank benlf2017
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....More

1  Thank Fouts11
Reviewed 6 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...More

1  Thank LauraROshtemo
Reviewed 24 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,...More

Thank DaleMMR
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank ChetTraveler
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"...More

1  Thank th0ds0n
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...More

1  Thank gail v
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Maria K
24 July 2015|
Response from gail v | Reviewed this property |
I did see on their web site that arrangements can be made for groups to have a hands-on experience. Eric is very welcoming!