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      Golden Spread Woodcarvers celebrate craft

      Since prehistoric times, man has been carving wood to make tools and weapons for daily survival. But woodcarving as an artform dates back to at least 4000 B.C., and exists in virtually every culture.

      And the Golden Spread Woodcarvers are keeping that artform alive and well, and for the last 12 years, they've been celebrating woodcarving at their annual "Artistry in Wood" show.

      Organizers say many members learned from their fathers and grandfathers, and others first began carving in the Boy Scouts. And woodcarving is an art that takes decades to master.

      "The first things that most people here did were very primitive," says member Gary Murphy, "not really great, but they did them and they did them with their hands, and it just encourages you to continue on and some of our members have gotten very good, as you can see if you come to the show." The Golden Spread Woodcarvers meet on the first and third Saturday of every month at the Sunset Center Art Center at 3701 Plains Blvd.