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Carving championship brings back 'wonder'

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If small wooden birds floating in cocktail glasses isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to see at The Prairie Canada Carving Championship running April 6 to 7 at Canad Inns Polo Park.

The 27th annual event, which attracts more than 100 wood carvers and hundreds of guests, also features demonstrations and seminars on carving. Tools, books, and, of course, carvings will be offered for sale.

"We all carve wood. We’ve all grown up with wood in our lives," says Ted Muir of the Prairie Canada Carvers’ Association – the event host.

Muir said he’s not sure where the practice of carving cocktail birds migrated from, but the display of 50 such birds at the show is "a novel way to celebrate the wonder of wood carving…you’re trying to capture the essence of a bird in miniature."

Muir said it’s the second-largest carving show in Canada. Over 280 original wood, bone, antler, and stone carvings will be on display and volunteers from the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre will be showing off live hawks and owls.

Phone Ted Muir for tickets ($5 for adults, free for children) at 204-981-5001. Show and competition information can be found online at  www.prairiecanadacarvers.com

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