John Gage’s art

John Gage was looking for a career change. After toiling as a welder and working construction, he picked up a chainsaw and decided, this is it. The Two Harbors, Minn., native has been perfecting his carving craft for the past 27 years. Last week he drew customers and the curious during a stint at the All-Stop gas station in West Fargo. Gage travels throughout the upper midwest, setting up shop and carving away at his logs of art. "Bears and eagles are my best sellers, I use basswood, oak, pine and make just about anything. I like to make quick carvings on the scraps and give them to the kids. They think it is pretty cool," said Gage. He has displayed his carving talents at the grand openings of more than 250 Menards locations. Gage is looking at a possible return trip to the metro area sometime in August. Until then, he will keep carving away the hours, one log at a time. David Samson/The Forum

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