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Art in the Woods – Woodcarvers Edition 2013

Starting September 21st our woodcarving, wood turning, and chain saw carvers will be on site fall weekends to creatively demonstrate and carve selections for our Tree Adventure guests that will be permanent works of art along our outdoor trails.

Gary Keenan
Des Moines, Iowa
September 28th & 29th and October 5th & 6th

Alligator Gary has been carving for 13 years, he has been invited to carve in England twice and competed in Scotland. Earlier this year, he won the people's choice award at Carving in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs Arkansas. Keenan has been carving at the Iowa and Kansas state fairs the past three years. August of 2013, Gary was featured on the Today show as they filmed at the Iowa State Fair. Aside from fairs and festivals, Gary mostly carves trees on commission. His workshop is located in central Iowa. Go to, You Tube to see Gary's work in action or visit carvingbykeenan.com, for more views of Gary's artistry with wood.

Mike Riege
Lil Orv's Chainsaw Carving – Nebraska City, Nebraska
September 28th and October 5th

It was easy for Mike Riege to come up with a name for his chainsaw carving business, Lil Orvs Chainsaw Carving. He had the nick name, "Lil Orv" for years after his father Orville, who is also the person who put a chainsaw in his hands as a teenager. Mike had his first carving lesson with Nick Jensen almost four years ago. He carved an eagle and bear which fit in with his love for nature. Mike has been carving actively for about two years as it is his hobby away from his job as an Otoe County Sheriff Deputy and EMT and firefighter with Nebraska City. He carves lots of bears, mushrooms, pumpkins, turtles and many other items.

RD Burgess
Chainsaw Carving – Sandhills Sawdust – North Platte, Nebraska
October 12th & 13th

Rick was born in Valentine Nebraska and now resides in North Platte and started hand carving at a young age. His real love for wood started in his years as a logger in Montana when he says he started playing with chainsaws and then moved into carving independently. His first completion was in 2001 in Westport, Washington and the most recently at Gunnison, Colorado. Rick has a love for the outdoors and his favorite wood to carve with is Elm and Red Cedar. See more of Rick's chainsaw carvings at sandhillssawdust.com.

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure is open daily; access to Art in the Woods is included with regular admission. For inquiries, please call (402) 873-8717.