BOULDER JUNCTION - Most people look at a piece of wood and that's all they see, but Dan Haack envisions something different.
"I like to take a piece of wood and look at it and carve on it and all the sudden I have a little man's face inside of it," said Haack, who's from Rhinelander.
Haack is one of the 11 instructors at the 21st Musky Area Woodcarvers Workshop in Boulder Junction.
"I teach caricature carvings," Haack said.
More than 100 people came to the workshop to learn different ways to carve, paint, and burn wood.
"For most of the folks in here it's a hobby," said Phil Strand.
Phil Strand has been carving wood for 11 years. He decided to take the wood burning class at this year's workshop.
"It's a great way to spend some time being creative, doing something you can really enjoy doing," said Strand.
Students in Haack's class made little cowboy caricatures.
"It can be off a little bit. I don't like doing realistic," said Haack. "You know that's almost stressful. Doing a caricature makes it fun to do."
The challenge of turning a piece of wood into a work of art draws people in, but it's the stranger sitting next them turned into a friend that keeps them coming back.
"You make friends every year and it's always fun to see people you've seen years before," said Strand.
The workshop ends Friday evening.
The Musky Area Wood Carvers meet once a week and are always looking for new members.