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Craig slices into summer with Whittle the Wood

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Scott Hook, of Laurel, Montana, gets the sawdust flying on the first day of Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. The 16th annual carving competition began Wednesday morning as one dozen carvers took their chainsaws and other equipment to stumps, creating works of art. Carving will continue all day Friday and through Saturday afternoon, when the winning entries will be announced, with live music during both days, culminating in a performance by Jefferson Starship. The public is welcome to view the progress each day.

Carvings are taking shape midway through the 16th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

Craig's premier summer event officially began Wednesday morning as one dozen chainsaw artists each began slicing into stumps set up in Loudy-Simpson Park to create some unique pieces.

Among those competing range from several brand-new to the event, to veterans of many years, as well as one carver returning for the first time since the inaugural 1999 gathering.

The public can view their progress Friday and Saturday, as well as enjoying live music by numerous groups, including Jefferson Starship Saturday evening.

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