The History of Rock Hall 's "Old Salt"
The Sculptor Jac (Jacquin) Smolens
"Old Salt" was carved by Jac Smolens a local Rock Hall sculptor and artist. Jac (Jacquin) Smolens was a largely self-taught sculptor, artist, and woodworker who grew up in the bohemian village of Arden, an art colony in New Castle County, Delaware. Inspired by the work of Wharton EsherickAfter, an influential American woodworker, Jac began his work as a sculptor after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. Jac moved to Rock Hall, Maryland, in the 1970s and worked out of a shop at Gratitude Marina. He completed "Old Salt" sometime during the 1970s; however, the exact date is unknown. Locals recall that "Old Salt" was located in front of Haven Harbor Marina on Route 20 during the 1970s then moved to its present location at the corner of Main Street and Route 20 sometime during the 1980s.
"Old Salt" Before Restoration
fulll view of "Old Salt" before restoration
close-up view of front damage
close-up view of back damage
Base of statue showing major deterioration of original wood base.
Another close-up view showing the deterioration of "Old Salt's" back