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Gary McAlvey draws one hair at a time on his project, a woodcarving of an elk. McAlvey, a retired barber, uses a thin nib on a wood burner as his pencil.

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McAlvey shapes wood and lets the wood shape his life

He had already retired from nearly half a century of cutting hair and settled into a leather-tooling hobby when Gary McAlvey attended the county fair five years ago.That spun his world on its axis, at least as far as what retirement would look like. Since

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