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Meet the carvers of Whittle the Wood

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.

Name:Name: Faye Braaten Faye Braaten

Name: Faye Braaten

Location:Location: Loveland Loveland

Location: Loveland

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 14 14

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 14

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

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

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

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

Name:Name: Bongo Love Bongo Love

Name: Bongo Love

Location:Location: Lafayette Lafayette

Location: Lafayette

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 7 7

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 7

Description or title of entry:Description or title of entry: A great blue heron A great blue heron

Description or title of entry: A great blue heron

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

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

Name:Name: Nicole Braaten Nicole Braaten

Name: Nicole Braaten

Location:Location: Loveland Loveland

Location: Loveland

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1 1

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

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

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

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: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.” "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."

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."

Name:Name: Damon Gorecki Damon Gorecki

Name: Damon Gorecki

Location:Location: Roosevelt, Utah Roosevelt, Utah

Location: Roosevelt, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1 1

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

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

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

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

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

Name:Name: Ted Scherer Ted Scherer

Name: Ted Scherer

Location:Location: Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2 2

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

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

Description or title of entry: "That’s a Humdinger," hummingbirds hovering over a flower

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

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: "There's good camaraderie here."

Name:Name: Chad Stratton Chad Stratton

Name: Chad Stratton

Location:Location: South Jordan, Utah South Jordan, Utah

Location: South Jordan, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 9 9

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 9

Description or title of entry:Description or title of entry: The sea monster the kraken The sea monster the kraken

Description or title of entry: The sea monster the kraken

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

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."

Name:Name: Ron Eye Ron Eye

Name: Ron Eye

Location:Location: Vernal, Utah Vernal, Utah

Location: Vernal, Utah

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 6 6

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 6

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

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

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

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: "The other carvers. It's always nice to see them."

Name:Name: Patrick Armstrong Patrick Armstrong

Name: Patrick Armstrong

Location:Location: Pueblo West Pueblo West

Location: Pueblo West

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2 2

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

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

Description or title of entry: "Top o' the World," a young woman viewing the Moffat Railroad

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

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

Name:Name: Jesse Beeson Jesse Beeson

Name: Jesse Beeson

Location:Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee Gainesboro, Tennessee

Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1 1

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 1

Description or title of entry:Description or title of entry: Two soaring eagles Two soaring eagles

Description or title of entry: Two soaring eagles

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

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

Name:Name: Robert Waits Robert Waits

Name: Robert Waits

Location:Location: Diamond Springs, California Diamond Springs, California

Location: Diamond Springs, California

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 11 11

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 11

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

Description or title of entry: "Victory," a viking

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

Thing you enjoy most about coming to Craig: "It's always a lot of fun."

Name:Name: Jon Parker Jon Parker

Name: Jon Parker

Location:Location: Manitou Springs Manitou Springs

Location: Manitou Springs

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 4 4

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 4

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

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

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

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

Name:Name: Matt Holmes Matt Holmes

Name: Matt Holmes

Location:Location: Santa Cruz, California Santa Cruz, California

Location: Santa Cruz, California

Years attending Whittle the Wood:Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2 2

Years attending Whittle the Wood: 2

Description or title of entry:Description or title of entry: An elk looking skyward An elk looking skyward

Description or title of entry: An elk looking skyward

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

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

Interviews by Andy Bockelman.Interviews by Andy Bockelman.Interviews by Andy Bockelman.