Bernier the Lumberman

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Biddeford, ME (NEWS CENTER)-- The work of "Bernier the Lumberman" has now become highly collectible folk art. Romuald Bernier was paralyzed in a woods accident in 1922. He sold many of his figurines on the streets of Biddeford for dimes.

"Folk are was made by folk, untrained artists probably just speaking from their hearts in a way that trained artists don't always do," said Leslie Rounds, Executive Director of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum.

Her efforts helped rediscover Bernier's story as his fame has grown in the folk art field.

Several relatives have come forward to tell his story including a great niece, Lorraine Patt.

"They just didn't have too much money," said Patt who remembers that Bernier utilized a wheelchair for the last 30 years of his life.  She knew him as a little girl and remembers Bernier as being "very kind."


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