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Carving out a niche after retirement


Some people just kick back and take it easy during retirement.

Not Burlington Appleby Line resident Greg Klokoff. He's too busy carving out a niche for himself as a world-class wildlife wood carver.

After retiring from Stelco as an electrician, Greg combined his passion for wood carving and nature to become a world-class champion wood carver. He has also won numerous awards in Ontario for his creations.

Now Greg teaches wood carving at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with students.

His next 10 week session will begin Sept. 25 and Greg will show you how to carve a Hooded Merganser Drake decoy. If you really want to challenge yourself, Greg will also provide the option of carving an open bill. During the winter 2015 session, you will paint your new creation. These sessions will also be an open studio so participants can bring previous projects to finish.

Throughout the course, Greg will be on hand to guide and offer advice to beginners and the seasoned wood carver. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills from a world-class wood carving champion, as well, finish incomplete pieces.

Wood, eyes and paint for the new project can be purchased from Greg for $60. Participants are required to supply their own carving equipment and paint brushes. A materials list is also provided upon registration.

Wildlife Sculpture Art at the RBG 7:00 PM

Thursdays, September 25 to October 16, 30 to December 4; 7 to 9:30 p.m. at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington

Fee: $140 (Member 10% off)

MAXIMUM 15. PRE-REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 15

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