Local wood carvers show off their work

Talented artists from around the Twin Cities metro area converged on Northtown Mall in Blaine this past weekend for the 48th annual wood carving show.

Mary Juneau, of Coon Rapids, started wood carving in 2002 through the Blaine-based Mary Ann Young Senior Center’s program. The relief carving of a covered bridge over a creek (shown on the left) is one of her favorite pieces of art. Photos by Eric Hagen

Mary Juneau, of Coon Rapids, started wood carving in 2002 through the Blaine-based Mary Ann Young Senior Center’s program. The relief carving of a covered bridge over a creek (shown on the left) is one of her favorite pieces of art. Photos by Eric Hagen

The show was sponsored by the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association and held in the Best Buy Court inside Northtown Mall. Artists showed off their finished products in such areas as chip carving, relief carving and caricature carving. Some even brought their tools and blocks of wood to demonstrate how they start out.

Mary Juneau, of Coon Rapids, began wood carving in 2002 through the wood carving program at the Mary Ann Young Senior Center in Blaine.

In describing why she loves this hobby, Juneau said, “There’s no hurry. There’s no mistakes. If you make a mistake, you redesign it.”

Sitting next to Juneau at the show was Rick Auge, of Shoreview. He held up one deep relief carving piece of art and chimed in, “This was supposed to be a polar bear. It turned into a ferret.”

Juneau added, “When you’re finished, it’s nice to have a beautiful product and know that you made it.”

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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