Meet the carvers of Whittle the Wood

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The Craig Daily Press met with each of the competing carvers in the 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous to get to know those who are the main attraction this weekend.

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Faye Braaten

Name: Faye Braaten

Location: Loveland

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 14

Description or title of entry: A dove watching over a praying child

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “Each time it gets tougher, but at the same time, everybody’s nice to each other.”

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Bongo Love

Name: Bongo Love

Location: Lafayette

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 7

Description or title of entry: A great blue heron

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “It’s a great thing to be able to come together and get some new ideas.”

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Nicole Braaten

Name: Nicole Braaten

Location: Loveland

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

Description or title of entry: “New Life,” a heart atop a pole with words of inspiration

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “This is the place where I grew up meeting and watching other carvers, and now I get the honor of carving with them. It’s really exciting.”

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Damon Gorecki

Name: Damon Gorecki

Location: Roosevelt, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

Description or title of entry: A bench with figures in the sides

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “The hospitality. Everybody here has been awesome.”

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Ted Scherer

Name: Ted Scherer

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

Description or title of entry: “That's a Humdinger,” hummingbirds hovering over a flower

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “There’s good camaraderie here.”

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Chad Stratton

Name: Chad Stratton

Location: South Jordan, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 9

Description or title of entry: The sea monster the kraken

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “It’s like a family, getting to come see all the other carvers. It’s a special place.”

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Ron Eye

Name: Ron Eye

Location: Vernal, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 6

Description or title of entry: “Refuge,” a bench in the shape of an eagle

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “The other carvers. It’s always nice to see them.”

Name: Patrick Armstrong

Location: Pueblo West

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

Description or title of entry: “Top o’ the World,” a young woman viewing the Moffat Railroad

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “Everybody here’s really friendly, all the city employees are great, and the community’s amazing.”

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Jesse Beeson

Name: Jesse Beeson

Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

Description or title of entry: Two soaring eagles

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “It’s beautiful here, I love it. Can’t complain.”

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Robert Waits

Name: Robert Waits

Location: Diamond Springs, California

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 11

Description or title of entry: “Victory,” a viking

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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Jon Parker

Name: Jon Parker

Location: Manitou Springs

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 4

Description or title of entry: An owl surrounded by forest animals

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “Just eating and drinking with all the other carvers — it’s like Thanksgiving with family.”

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Matt Holmes

Name: Matt Holmes

Location: Santa Cruz, California

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

Description or title of entry: An elk looking skyward

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: “Great people.”

Interviews by Andy Bockelman.

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