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WV wood carver hopes to preserve art form

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Lance Brooks, of Glen Daniel, owner of Midnight Carver, works on a wooden chain at the State Fair of West Virginia.
Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Lance Brooks, of Glen Daniel, owner of Midnight Carver, works on a wooden chain at the State Fair of West Virginia.

FAIRLEA — Lance Brooks worries one day in the not so distant future, the artistry behind the hobby he began in the woods nearly 40 years ago and has parlayed into a small business will simply disappear.

“There aren’t many of us left out there,” he said.

Brooks, of Glen Daniel, is a wood carver.

 Using various types of wood, gouges, knives and, most importantly, his imagination, Brooks carves caricatures, full-size busts, magnets, ornaments and just about anything else he dreams up.

“I can do just about anything…

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