Nebraska Artist Chuck Zeller Receives Award

Chuck Zeller was awarded the “Best of Show, New Artist” for his handcrafted camelback trunk at the Western Art Showcase in Calgary, Canada July 1, 2009. Chuck received a ribbon, a certificate, and a Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase silver belt buckle.

The Western Art Showcase is an exclusive premier event which promotes
Western Culture through the presentation of saleable, quality and original Western Art. The event concentrates on presenting well-known western artists whose work is indicative of the heritage and grandeur of the West.
Celebrating its 30th year, the Western Art Showcase is one of the strongest Art Shows in North America.

Chuck and his wife, Sherry, started Chuck’s Woodbarn near Bartley, Nebraska in 2003, specializing in the lost art of steam bending wood to create beautiful hand crafted camelback trunks, also called dome topped chests or steamer trunks. This piece of furniture is truly a family heirloom which can be passed down for many generations. Each piece is a unique work of art; no two are alike. Emphasis is put on fine craftsmanship and quality construction. Chuck designs and constructs everything from the beginning jigs to finalizing with finishing the interiors. In addition to the camelback trunks, Chuck creates flat top trunks, television trunks, hat boxes, wall crosses, boot jacks, and barrel wine carriers. Learn more about this unique rural Nebraska business at   or by calling 308-692-3119.