The 47th annual Flickertail WoodCarvers show began Saturday at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy. The show will continue on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
This year's guest artist is Rick Jensen. Jensen has been carving wood for over 25 years and received the "Woodcarver of the Year" title in 2014.
"It beats the heck out of a real job," says Jensen with a laugh. "It's just something that I have to do. I have a passion for it. That's what I live for. I get up in the morning and I can't hardly wait to go to work."
The Flickertail President Dale Heglund got into wood carving in 2011. He encourages anyone with an interest to check out their club.
"The diversity in the club ranges from thirteen years old to senior carvers," says Heglund.
He says wood carving is a way for anyone to be creative, even if you aren't the creative type. Heglund used the art to help himself through difficult times.
"We were flooded out of our house, [it was a] tough time. And wood carving was a perfect avenue to release some of that tension," he says.
Clara Yonkers is one of the Flickertail Woodcarvers founding members. The club started in 1969 and has come a long way since. Yonkers teaches classes and still enjoys the friends it introduces to her.
"It's one way to be creative, it is calming for me. It's a wonderful social activity. We've got absolutely the most wonderful people," says Yonkers.
For those looking to carve into a new hobby, the Flickertail Woodcarvers are offering classes for beginners or for those looking to brush up on the basics. For more information about the Flickertail Woodcarvers, click here to be directed to it's website.