GRAY — Join a variety of Maine woodworkers on Saturday, July 18,  as they demonstrate various methods of wood carving. The Streaked Mountain Wood Carvers will be on hand with many examples of a variety of Maine wildlife carved in wood, with some pieces for sale. In addition, there will be instruction and hands-on opportunities for kids to try their hand at soap carving a wild animal!

Streaked Mountain is one of several chapters of the Maine Wood Carvers Association. This group organized early in 2003 and was accepted as a chapter of MWCA later that same year. The Maine Wood Carvers Association  traces its beginning back to the mid- 1950s. There are currently six chapters in Maine, and they are always looking to form additional chapters. The group is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and promoting the art of woodcarving.

Maine Custom Wood Sculpture chain saw artist Bill Fournier will demonstrate his techniques for creating eagles, hawks, bears, wolves, mountain lions and more from pieces of white and Norway pine, fir, cedar or spruce using only a chain saw. The carved animals range in height from 2 to 3 feet, to up to 7 feet tall. Fournier is from the Auburn area, has been carving for 9 years, and started this popular art form as a hobby. Now his work is in demand around the state and New England. He will have several precarved animals on display and for sale, and plans on carving a 4 to 5-foot-tall standing bear for the demonstration. Bring  cameras and your earplugs. 

Nate Gould, assistant superintendent at the Wildlife Park, will also be demonstrating the use of a chain saw — but with a different outcome. He will be carving a wooden chain with movable links and accessories out of one solid beam.


For more information call the Maine Wildlife Park at 657-4977; or check us out online at www.mainewildlifepark.com or www.mefishwildlife.com.


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