Dakota Handcrafters: Name: Jim Dignan

Current Hometown: Lake MetigosheHow would you describe your specialty handcraft?

Carved ducks are the primary subject, have carved probably 60. I try to bring together different woods and or wood grain to resemble feather patterns. Animals, birds and fish are some of the other carvings.

What or who inspired you to become involved in it?

Arlen Evensen, a very talented local artist, had a series of woodcarving classes. My wife encouraged me to sign up, I signed up and am really glad I did. I also attended a workshop at Betlendorf, Iowa, where Rex Branson of Oklahoma taught bark and bust carving. I learned a lot there too.

How long have you been doing this type of work?

About 25 years.

Do you do it for your own pleasure or offer it for sale?

I do it for my own pleasure but am running out of room for them so decided to put some of them up for sale.

Where can we see your handcraft?

Brochures and ducks can be seen at Sawmill Corner Stop at Lake Metigoshe.

Is your handcraft available for sale and if so, where?

Yes, at Sawmill Corner Stop at Lake Metigoshe.

Have you taught others your handcraft and if so, would you be willing to teach it to others?

Yes, I have given about five sessions. I would be happy to teach others as this is a satisfying and rewarding hobby.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have lived my entire life in North Dakota. Woodcarving and North Dakota winters are a great combination. I am doing business as JD Productions and can be reached at 701-263-1388 or email jdignan@srt.com.

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