One of man's oldest forms of art expression is alive and well in Tehachapi. Next to finger painting with charcoal, or etching cave walls with rocks, the process of wood carving is an ancient and artful way for man to record his surroundings.

With sharp-edged stone tools in his hands, early man picked up bits of wood and began carving. The techniques have remained the same; only the tools have changed over time.

The Tehachapi Mountain Carvers is a group of nine people. Meeting weekly, the group has recently carved a replica of Noah’s Ark, complete with animals, two-by-two.

The carvers plan to raffle off their art in April by selling tickets to raise funds for the Tehachapi Senior Center. The Senior Center has graciously loaned their facility to the carvers as a meeting and teaching place for many years. The carvers works are not sold, but are often donated as fundraising items.

Members found inspiration for a club project based on the Noah's Ark tradition while looking through the magazine Woodcarving Illustrated.

Upcoming raffle information and information on the club can be found on Facebook or by calling 661 847-8364. Wood carving is taught every Tuesday at the Tehachapi Senior Center by member and master carver Durwood Thrasher from 10 a.m. until noon.