St. Helen Carvers: ‘I Enjoy Making Stuff That is Going to Live Longer Than Me’

Retirees from across Northern Michigan carve out the time every Monday and Tuesday to go to St. Helen to catch up, take a block of wood and turn it into something magical.

James McCain says, “(When) I’m carving, I’m thinking of that person and the love that I’m trying to transfer into this. That he will get enjoyment out from it.”

Over the years, this intimate group has become the best of friends. Vice President Bob Snyder says, “Before the woodcarving I didn’t know any of these people. And we’ve become more or less like a family.”

Many retirees spend their time on the golf course or going to senior centers and maybe playing some bingo.

But some here in Northern Michigan choose to spend their time a little differently.

“It’s better than going to the senior center and watching someone square dance or whatever,” Bob Snyder says.

At the end of the day, they are happy knowing that these pieces that they’ve created will be around for years to come.

“I enjoy making stuff that is going to live longer than me,” Gregory Nye says.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the group, contact Bob Snyder at (989) 429-8318.

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