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Whittling the time away

Denise Holzhausen and David Green work on their projects. (click for larger version)
November 25, 2009 - When Joe Savino of Independence Township retired at the age of 62 after 32 years with General Motors, he was ready to try something new.

"I was never so bored in my life," said Savino, now 82.

He was taking community education courses in Spanish and German when he noticed a $36 woodcarving course, and enrolled.

"The instructor asked where my tools were. I told him I didn't have any tools," said Savino, who's from Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to the Clarkston area in the 1950s. "He said it was an intermediate course, but he let me stay I started buying tools."

Now Savino is the instructor, teaching a four-week beginning woodcarving at Independence Township Adult Activities Center in Clintonwood Park.

Student David Green isn't new, carving since he was 8 years old, but still enjoys the class.

"I'm always willing to learn I like to learn," Green said. "We learn from one another, different tips and techniques."

Students Ernie Finley and Denise Holzhausen are new to carving.

"I always wanted to do it, but never thought I could," Finley said.

"I like it," said Holzhausen, who also enjoys painting and drawing. "It's for fun, something I wanted to try."

For more information on classes and activities at the center, call 248-625-8231.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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