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Woodcarver Snook Barrett with one of his pieces.

Carving out his niche

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For an artist, every stroke of a brush or mark with a pencil is done with precision.

In the case of a carver, it's every cut. Osakis' Duane "Snook" Barrett knows all about the thought that goes into every shaving of wood that falls to his feet. He also knows what it feels like to see a finished product that he is proud to put his name on.

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Barrett began carving in the early 1960s out of necessity more than curiosity.

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