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Whittle carvings settle into permanent homes in Craig

"Upon a Time," depicting a dragon coming out of a book, by Chad Stratton, is now situated at the north end of City Park in Craig. Every carving but one from the 2013 Whittle the Wood Rendezvous has its space picked out around the city.

2013 Whittle the Wood carvings

“Bosco” — Ron Eye, Centennial Mall

“It’s On” — Bongo Love, Centennial Mall

“Natural Fragrance” —Faye Braaten, to be determined

“Watching the Winter Flock” — Patrick Armstrong, Loudy-Simpson

“Pride of the Rockies” —Nick Smith, Loudy-Simpson

“Clear and Present Danger” — Evan Henley, City Park

“Upon a Time” — Chad Stratton, City Park

“Happy Hippy” — Robert Waits, City Park

“When’s Lunch” — Steve Willette, Museum of Northwest Colorado

“Justice”— Thomas Earing, Breeze Park

“The Bulldog of Liberty” — Jon Parker, Moffat County High School

The final stage of the 2013 Whittle the Wood Rendezvous now is complete.

Well after the carvings are judged and the artists have packed up their trucks to take off for the next summer competition, Craig still had a few more decisions to make with the massive wooden carvings: It had to find them a new home in the city.

All but one of the carvings from the 2013 competition have been placed or have a spot picked out for them. Craig Parks and Recreation takes several factors into consideration when picking out the right spot for a carving.

"We have to look at how delicate they are," said Dave Pike, director of Parks and Rec. "To see if they need to be inside or can handle outside. Then we also see if there are some themes we can go along with, we like to try and do that."

While many statues appear throughout Craig in bunches from past years, the first- and second-place carvings from the 2013 competition will be displayed in a new venue: the Centennial Mall on West Victory Way.

Ron Eye's carving of a native American man's bust, titled "Bosco," along with Bongo Love's "It's On" are on display in front of the two mall entrances. Both have thinner, delicate features and needed to go indoors, and the mall is a major landmark in Craig that previously didn't have any carvings to its name.

"We think they look pretty good in there," Pike said.

Other statues are mostly in parks throughout the city. Patrick Armstrong's "Watching the Winter Flock," depicting a sheep herder, and Nick Smith's "Pride of the Rockies" both stayed in Loudy-Simpson Park, while "Justice" by Thomas Earing is in Breeze Park.

Three carvings were moved to City Park, the place in Craig where the largest concentration of carvings can be found. Robert Waits' "Happy Hippy" is near the Craig City Pool and "Clear and Present Danger" by Evan Henley and "Upon a Time" by Chad Stratton are on the northern end of the park.

"When's Lunch," a carving of a cowboy leaning against a tree by Steve Willette, will be at the Museum of Northwest Colorado beginning in the fall.

Jon Parker's blue and gray "The Bulldog of Liberty," depicting a bulldog posing like the Statue of Liberty, found a natural home at Moffat County High School.

"Jon Parker's 'Bulldog of Liberty' is a good example of using those themes," Pike said. "It makes sense for it to be there."

Faye Braaten's "Natural Fragrance" is the only carving without a space yet. It contains a woman inside an arch of flowers, and Parks and Rec has a couple options in mind, Pike said.

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