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14th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

Pictures from the carving competition in the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Wednesday through Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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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. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Robert Waits carves out chunks of his tree with a chainsaw Wednesday morning at Loudy Simpson Park. Waits, of Lander, Wyo., is one of 11 artists competing in the 14th annual Whittle the Wood competition this year in Craig. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Ron Eye, of Vernal, Utah, envisions what he needs to do with his tree trunk before cutting into it Wednesday morning at Loudy Simpson Park. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Loudy Simpson took on more of a festival setting on Friday evening, with the music stage erect, along with vendors and community members in the park. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Residents walk amidst the carvings Friday at Loudy-Simpson Park Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Robert Waits poses with his finished hippie carving Friday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Bongo Love interacts with Craig community members checking out the sculptures Friday afternoon. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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The quick carve trunks, before it began. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Steve Willette begins his work during the quick carve. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Robert Waits digs into his tree trunk during the quick carve. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Nearing the midway point, many carvings began to take shape. Here, Ron Eye's owl perched on a branch began to show. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Faye Braaten widens the smile on her bear during the quick carve. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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Bongo Love begins detailing his quick carve. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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The Quick Carve is a popular event at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Artists have an hour to make a piece of art out of a large branch or tree trunk. This was the scene after time was called in 2013. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Bosco" by Ron Eye, won first place, people's choice and artists' choice. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"It's On" by Bongo Love, second place. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Natural Fragrance" by Faye Braaten, third place. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"The Bulldog of Liberty" by Jon Parker Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"When's Lunch" by Steve Willette Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Pride of the Rockies," by Nick Smith Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Watching the Winter Flock" by Patrick Armstrong Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Upon a Time..." by Chad Stratton Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Happy Hippy" by Robert Waits Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Justice" by Thomas Earing Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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"Clear and Present Danger" by Evan Henley Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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