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For as long as Roger Larson can remember, he has enjoyed the great outdoors. Larson is the Park Manager at West Lake and Buffalo Shores in Scott County. He has also taken that enjoyment to a creative level.

Using a grinder,  Roger carves birds out of basswood. He works from patterns and uses a wood burner to create a feather texture on the wood. Larson also paints the carvings. Always, with an eye toward detail.

He is self taught, and started carving when he was a teenager. Along the way, asking questions and picking up pointers from some of the best in the business.

He has done  about twelve hundred pieces A swan, pair of wood ducks, Canada Goose and pheasant in walnut are  a few of his creations. Several of his works have been judged best of show, winning awards at competitions. A first place at the Iowa Woodcarvers Show and Best of Show at the Mississippi Valley Fair.   

Larson enjoys working with his hands and says carving is a great way for him to relax. He says carving takes him to a different world. Soon, he plans to enter additional competitions, and see how his carvings compare to others.