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Faye Braaten, a carver from Loveland, cuts a groove into her flower carving Thursday afternoon at Loudy Simpson Park. Braaten and 10 other carvers from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are competing in the 14th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. The final judging for their artwork will take place Saturday afternoon.

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Whittlers nearly finished with wood carvings at Loudy-Simpson

Carvers at the 14th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous have just about finished up their carvings, as the festival turns to its weekend activities.

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By Thursday afternoon the artists’ carvings had taken on their shape. Over the contest’s final 36 hours, they will carve more detail, smooth and paint their work before the judging deadline at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Each artist hopes to win, but many of them are friends from seeing each other at competitions throughout the country. The 14th annual Whittle the Wood officially began Wednesday at Loudy Simpson, with 11 artists from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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