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Janet Hodgson created this piece of art by burning a piece of flat wood with a hot-tipped pen, which creates different shades of burn according to how hot it is. Hodgson started wood burning roughly five years ago, and is now up to 105 pieces, which she sells at shows around the area.

Carving out their niche: Local woodcarvers find joy in creating

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Richard Spadgenski sits patiently at a table set up at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes, chatting with friends and whittling away at a piece of wood.


With each swipe of his knife, the chunk of wood gets closer and closer to resembling a duck -- a wood duck to be exact.

"These are number 51 and 52," the Frazee man said of the pieces of art that typically take him about 75 hours each to finish.

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