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Local woodcarver brings home seven awards

Great Bend woodcarver Gerard Holinde sits at his workbench. Holinde recently won several awards at the Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Show in Topeka.

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Gerard Holinde never considered himself artistic, but with some encouragement from members of the local woodcarving club the Great Bend man has become an award-winning craftsman in just three years. In November he entered several pieces in the 33rd annual Kaw Valley Woodcarving Show at Topeka and came back with seven ribbons: two for first-place, two for second place, one for third place and two honorable mentions.
More than 72 tables featured artists from several states, including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and North Dakota, according to an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal. About 700 people visited the show.
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