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Krebs makes a hobby out of woodcarving

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If you’ve lived in West Linn very long, you may well have run into Loren Krebs, a life-long resident himself.by: SUBMITTED -  Loren Krebs displays examples of his carved Santa, Old Salt and Santa-in-progress.

Krebs is a 1965 graduate of West Linn High School and a man who appreciates wood. Krebs spent 27 years in the lumber business working for Disdero Lumber Company, and he developed a fondness for wood that’s turned into a hobby now that he’s retired.

When he learned of the woodcarving group that meets at the West Linn Adult Community Center every Monday at 9 a.m., he decided to investigate.

Krebs brought his basic woodcarving tool set to the WLACC one Monday and he liked the group.

“It offers all types of carving and all levels of expertise from beginner to accomplished carver,” he said.

Participants carve figures in the round and in relief. Some make musical instruments, some make eagles, fish or bears. But they all are happy to give and receive advice and gentle teasing as they work. Although the group has more males, there are several women who regularly participate as well, and for them, Krebs is especially grateful.

“Having some ladies here helps keep a lid on the rest of us,” he said. “Without them we’d all be derelicts.”

Kreb’s specialties are Santa figures and Old Salts — well-weathered sea-captain-type figures. In 2012, he carved 35 Santas and two Old Salts. Unless tendonitis — a common problem among carvers — slows him down, he plans to do at least 50 figures this year.

Each carving takes between 12 and 17 hours to complete. Krebs spends a lot of time carving at home where he can multitask, listening to culturally enriching shows on the radio while he works. He carves his figures in soft basswood, paints them, and gives them to friends and relatives as gifts.

If this sounds like an activity you’d like to join, come to the WLACC any Monday between 9 and 11 a.m. There is no cost, but you must provide your own tools and materials.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. All meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are offered by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friday, Jan. 25 — In the morning, we have the core strength class, the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The Whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve turkey tetrazzini. The pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas hold ’em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 — In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and Hand & Foot card game group. Today we will offer tacos for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet off site at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 — Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The “Honoring Our Memories” writing group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 — In the morning we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club will meet today. The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet off site at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon we will serve soup and sandwiches for lunch. After lunch the pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31 — Morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class.The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop — Come visit the best kept shopping secret in town! All the gift shop workers are volunteers and fundraising goes toward our building expansion. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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