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Wood Carver Returns to Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Jim Barton first got into sculpting wood when he was a freshman in high school. Little did he know he would be preparing himself for a long and successful career.

Barton and his wife have attended the Art and the Vineyard Festival for six years.

Barton carves items from recycled wood like redwood roots.

He turns them into tables, chairs, mantels and sculptures.

The items cost between $500 and $2,000.

Barton says even though he didn’t plan to be a wood carver, he used his skills to get him to where he is today.

“You know trying to make your life complete and you gotta make it work with whatever you have,” said Barton.

Barton attends about ten festivals a year and gets about four projects completed at each festival.

His next goal is to complete a statue of St. Francis sometime later this year.

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