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Chainsaw carving inspired by dad

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With chainsaws in hand the woodcarvers get to work at Sturgis Falls in Cedar Falls.

For Cedar Falls native Monte Smock, this passion started five years ago with an influence from his wife.

"Me and my wife attended a county fair. We watched an older guy carve out a few pieces there and she really enjoyed it. She said I wish you could do something like that," said Smock.

From there Smock took on the challenge and bought a woodcarving saw.

"I made her a little mushroom. She was pretty impressed and didn't believe I did it. So I made her another one with her watching me and it kind of went from there," said Smock.

From a small mushroom to a bear sporting a KWWL logo, Smock has perfected the art.

It is something a father can really be proud of.

"My father was probably my biggest fan of my chainsaw carving," said Smock.

Smock's dad lived in Cedar Falls and loved Sturgis Falls. He passed away just three years ago.

"I think he would be awfully proud of the fact that we went from a little mushroom in my back yard to put on a class event such as this," said Smock.

Smock and other artists chainsaw creations will be up for auction Sunday at 2:00 PM at Sturgis Falls celebration.

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