Carving a niche: Woodworking proves to be a fulfilling hobby

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Woodworking 1

Gary Post (foreground), from Bishop, Calif., and other wood carvers work on their creations Wednesday at the North End Community Center.

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Woodworking 2

Joe Adams, from Colorado Springs, Colo., works on his carving of a carousel lion Wednesday at the North End Community Center. The lion along with horses and other animals will be part of a carsousel being assembled, and which will be presented to the city in a special annivesary event in 2015.

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Woodworking 3

Wilford Durgeon, from Saskatchewan, Canada, works at carving carsousel horses Wednesday at the North End Community Center. The carousel horses along with other horses and animals will be part of a carsousel being assembled, and which will be presented to the city in a special annivesary event in 2015.

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Woodworking 4

Marjolaine Campeau, from Ontario, Canada, places a guitar she carved into the hands of a guitar-playing figure she was working on Wednesday at the North End Community Center.

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Woodworking 5

Master woodcarver Ted Vanatta works at creating a carsousel horse Wednesday at the North End Community Center. The carousel horse along with other horses and animals will be part of a carsousel being assembled.

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Woodworking 6

Three giraffes are the work of woodcarver Loyal Tigelstead, from Minnesota, who was working on another creation Wednesday at the North End Community Center.

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Woodworking 7

Don Hamilton, from Alberta, Canada, marks where he might carve some flower decorations into a carousel horse he was working on Wednesday at the North End Community Center. The carousel horse along with other horses and animals will be part of a carsousel being assembled.

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Woodworking 8

Ted Vanatta works at carving a carsousel horse while a completed horse, also crafted by Vanatta, sits on the table in the background Wednesday at the North End Community Center.



Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 pm

Carving a niche: Woodworking proves to be a fulfilling hobby

By Chris McDaniel

Yumasun.com

When Yuma resident Ted Vanatta began woodcarving over 20 years ago, it was difficult to transform a hunk of wood into a beautiful piece of art instead of a splintered mess.


“I started with one other fellow and it didn’t take us very long to figure out that we didn’t know what we were doing,” Vanatta said. “It didn’t look like what we thought we were carving.”

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