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Published November 23, 2012, 08:41 PM

Rather than buying gifts, some people in Fargo are creating their own

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- There is nothing like giving or receiving a gift that is "hand-crafted." Some people got a head-start on their shopping, by going to a wood work shop that is opening its doors to those who love to create their own.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- There is nothing like giving or receiving a gift that is "hand-crafted." Some people got a head-start on their shopping, by going to a wood work shop that is opening its doors to those who love to create their own.

What is better than the smell of freshly cut wood or the sound of power tools turning out what will soon be under Christmas Trees.

12-year old Nick has the wood working bug. Today he is turning away on yet another gift for a family member. A chunk of burr oak that will soon be a beautiful bowl.

His locker is full of wood chunks. And an old 22....Nick restored the stock on it.

The Do It Yourself Wood Studio in Fargo has not been open that long. But word has spread. With some training and safety classes, people can come here and become that carver or woodworker they dream about.

Jim Clapper/DIY Wood Studio: "The natural beauty of wood and the knowledge that you did it yourself."

Ryan Sather of Moorhead came to do a little turning today. Taking acrylic blocks, doing a little lathe work, to come up with seam rippers for his wife's quilting business. He makes pens as well.

Sather: "It has nothing to do with computers. I work with computers all day long with my job and this is a way to relax."

And when talking to men and women who come into DIY. They love the challenge of turning a piece of bur oak into a beautiful bowl.

Willis Frazee was wondering what he would do with his retirement. Not anymore.

Frazee: "And this place came along and I was hooked."

Instead of throwing pieces of his old deck into the landfill, he re-purposed it and turned out some nice pieces of furniture, including these serving trays.

Frazee: "It is wonderful, it is the tools, and the people who come here.

Not everyone has a shop like this hooked to their house, and this one comes with impressive tools and teachers. For more information on the Fargo DIY studio go to wday.com--click on the easy link tab and then DIY.

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