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By Betty Vanderwielen

Will Kats shows intricately detailed wood carvings during Tour of the Arts


October 15, 2020

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Will Kats applies a coat of oil to the Native American bust he carved. Each detail Kats included in the carving has an authentic historical basis.

SEELEY LAKE – Two women from Hamilton, Montana, artists in their own right, came to Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts Saturday October 10.

"Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" Barbara Liss exclaimed as she saw Will Kats' display of his woodcarvings at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co.

"The detail is just amazing!" her companion said. "This is awesome!" she added as she moved to look at the bust – carved head, shoulders, and upper chest – of a Native American subject in full regalia.

"I think they're just stunning!" Liss replied, examining a trio of Indian women.

Kats talked to them about the wood....

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