Focus 2018: Made Here

FOCUS Inside Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 Made Here Joe Melton designs gun silencers to fill need for customers. Page 5 Xpanxion begins move to Tech oNE Crossing. Page 7 Thunderhead to double size of its facility. Page 8 Kearney Hub Kearney club has been whittling masterpieces since the 1980s By AMANDA PUSH Hub Staff Writer HOLDREGE — There’s no shortage of stories or laughs in the shed hidden away in an alley between Second and Third avenues. This unassuming hut at 1904 Second Ave. is the meeting place of the Central Nebraska Woodcarvers, a group of men and women who meet every Tuesday evening and Saturday morn- ing to practice the patient craft of woodcarving. “It gives me something to do and you can work at your own pace, do it whenever you want to do it,” said Bob Gunther, who has been a member for nine years. “You don’t have to say, this is going to be done tomorrow or whenever. You set your own schedule.” According to Gunther, he stumbled into the craft by accident after his son-in-law gave him a wood-carving set about 20 years ago. After he retired 10 years ago, he was cleaning out his shop and came across the box Art emerges From the Grai WOODCARVERS, PAGE 4 Jeff Damron, Kearney Hub BOB GUNTHER of Kearney, a member of the Central Ne- braska Woodcarvers club, goes through his wood-carving tool bag. A DETAILED carving of a bird holding a fish in its beak was one of the many projects carved by the Central Nebraska Woodcarvers. SAILOR FIGURINES look over the workshop of the Central Nebraska Woodcarvers meeting space. TOM CANDY, who has been part of the Central Nebraska Woodcarvers for 30 years, sharpens a tool at one of the group’s Saturday morning meetings.