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Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Day 1

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Jon Parker, of Nederland, starts his project Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest in Craig City Park. Parker, who is competing for the first time in Whittle the Wood, said he would combine some of his classic ideas into this year’s creation. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Mark Rexinger, of Lincoln, Neb., prepares his chainsaw before getting to work Wednesday for the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. The competition will involve 11 artists vying for the $1,000 first-place prize money. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Mark Mahorney, of Kremmling, makes his first cuts Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Faye Braaten, of Loveland, starts on her project Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Braaten has competed in Whittle the Wood each year. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Bongo Love, of Lafayette, makes his first cuts Wednesday during the 12th Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Love won the competition last year with his piece, “When We Are Together.” Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Mark Rexinger, of Lincoln, Neb., starts at the top of his tree stump Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Rexinger said he would go with his best sculpture — an eagle — for this year’s competition. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Robert Waits, of Lander, Wyo., draws out his design Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Forrest Dorman, of Florence, puts together a handmade swing Wednesday during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Cortez resident Ken Braun, middle, and Ron Eye, of Vernal, Utah, chat Wednesday before getting started on their carvings in the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving contest at Craig City Park. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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Numerous carvings by Cortez resident Ken Braun sit Wednesday at Craig City Park for the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Photo by Joshua Gordon

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