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Meet local woodcarver Mike McGinley and see his walnut creations at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studio


January 3, 2020

Yvonne Miller

Mike McGinley is the featured artist at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studio Friday evening in Alva. He's featured animals like this jackrabbit and bird he carved from walnut.

"I'm a woodworker, not an artist," Mike McGinley points out about his works of art he carves from various types of wood – mainly walnut – for his display of animals from jackrabbits and buffalo to roadrunners you'll find at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studio tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. The studio is located on the south side of the square – just west of Holder Drug.

"Walnut is hard to carve, but easy to sand and file. I make sawdust," McGinley said. Taking a piece of wood and carving it into the shape you want "is not fun or relaxing, but it beats watching TV!"

He explained, "It takes...

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