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Big Mantrap resident Bob Landrigan has developed unique style and techniques to recreate the state bird. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Local carver shares his talent

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Bob Landrigan's wizardry with wood began as a kid, his initial slingshot propelling his interest on to bows (willow) and arrows (lilac).

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"I graduated to push carts," he joked of his hobby, born in his hometown of Herman. "And I've never stopped."

The Big Mantrap Lake resident's mediums have evolved through the years from watercolors to basketry, to his signature work - loons, carved from butternut.

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