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Have faith: Whittle the Wood Stump 11’s Fernando Dulnuan looks toward biblical inspiration

Left: Fernando Dulnuan works away in the Quick Carve of the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Right: Dulnuan shows off his final piece, "Lion of Judah."
Andy Bockelman

In his first year with Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Fernando Dulnuan was looking to learn a lot while also expressing his faith. Mission accomplished on both counts.

Dulnuan’s entry in the 20th annual event was the biblical “Lion of Judah,” depicting an angel above a lion and lamb, an effort he said was to show his devotion to the source of his ability to carve wood creatively.

Fernando Dulnuan’s work featuring an angel, lion and lamb starts to take shape after the first day of competition at the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
Andy Bockelman

“Honestly, this is a God-given talent for me, so hopefully this is the purpose God wants for me. Without that, I’m useless,” he said.

Dulnuan, originally from the Philippines, came to Craig from Norman, Oklahoma, for the sake of competing but more importantly picking up tips of the trade from seasoned artists.

Fernando Dulnuan slices into his stump Wednesday morning at the start of the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
Clay Thorp

“I can’t stay in one job for a long time, but with this, every carving’s different, so you grow,” he said. “Not a lot of money here, but I like what I do and you’re on your own time and you’re proving yourself.”

20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carvings

Stump 1 — Nate Hall — “Mountain Migraine”; Rams butting heads

Stump 2 — Matt Ounsworth — “20 for 20”; Animal totem (Second place)

Stump 3 — Jim Valentine — “Buckshot Bill”; Cowboy

Stump 4 — Damon Gorecki — “Wood Haven”; Bench

Stump 5 — Justine Park — “Home of the Brave”; Skull with feathered headdress

Stump 6 — Joe Srholez — “Xing Yun (Lucky)”; Dragon

Stump 7 — Chad Stratton — “Long Ago”; Wooly mammoth

Stump 8 — Bongo Love — “The Sweet Life”; Hummingbirds (Third place)

Stump 9 — Robert Lyon — “Horse of Course”; Horse

Stump 10 — Robert Waits —  The Lorax”; The Lorax (Artist’s Choice)

Stump 11 — Fernando Dulnuan — “The Lion of Judah”; Angel with lion and lamb

Stump 12 — Ken Braun — “Blue”; Velociraptor (First place, People’s Choice, Artist’s Choice)

Dulnuan noted that he’s been working full-time in the endeavor of wood-carving for about three years, enjoying the variety that comes with it.

A close-up of the top portion of “Lion of Judah.”
Andy Bockelman

Dulnuan said he was overwhelmed by the amount of support from city staff and spectators at the festival, which he felt exemplified the Christian love he’s tried to convey.

A close-up of the bottom portion of “Lion of Judah.”
Andy Bockelman

“I’ll be putting a lot more stuff like this into my carvings if they’ll have me back next year,” he said.