When Kevin Lely showed up at a Sonoma house last Wednesday he had no idea he would be reunited with a piece of art he made more than 34 years ago.
“I never thought I’d see this again,” said Lely as he ran his fingers over the grains of carved oak artwork hanging in a barn off of Hyde Road.
Ken Wornick, who owns the property where the woodwork was found, plotted the scheme to surprise the artist with Eric Strand, who owns an excavating business and lived on the property with his family from the late 1970s to early ’80s.
When Wornick and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Sonoma in April, they discovered the wooden carved piece of art hanging in an old tractor barn on the property.
“I was so intrigued by it,” Ken Wornick said, “I started asking everyone what they knew about it because I just had this sense that it had a story.”