Prey and predator cavort together on Dave Crawford’s 20-acre Galloway Township property.

More than 50 bears, birds and even sea creatures cover a large lawn near the 2,000-square-foot log cabin he built in 1977. They were all carved by Crawford with a chain saw.

He picked up finer skills with the blunt instrument while building the house.

“I ran out of money for furniture, so I got an adapter on the chain saw and made doors on my house, cut wood into planks and made furniture,” said Crawford, 61. “Then I started carving.”

He got away from the hobby for a long time. He owned one of the area’s first health food stores, did competitive weightlifing, taught seventh-grade biology in Egg Harbor Township for 36 years and became a stagehand on the side. In Egg Harbor Township, he was well known for developing an award-winning environmental education program called the Catawba Project.

He retired from teaching in 2008 and was inspired to try sculpting again after seeing the cable TV program “Saw Dogs.”

“These were guys I had already read about. They were so awesome,“ Crawford said.

Three years later, he’s about to exhibit and sell his work for the first time, during the Lines on the Pines event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at Kerri Brooke Caterers, 755 South White Horse Pike in Hammonton. The gathering attracts Pinelands authors, artists and aficionados.

Crawford grew up in Galloway, where he roamed the woods near his home. His wife, Pam, is a physical education teacher in Egg Harbor Township.

Medals for ACIT

Students from the Atlantic County Institute of Technology won 20 medals — including seven gold — on Feb. 2 during the HOSA-Future Health Care Professionals regional competition at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

First- to third-place finishers move on to the state competition March 16 and 17 at the Monmouth Career Center, adviser Gina DeMaio said.

Earning firsts were freshman James Rodgers, of Galloway Township, for medical spelling; sophomore Katarina Boorse, of Atco, for dental terminology; senior Armando Lino, of Pleasantville, for medical abbreviations; freshman Jared Mercado, of Buena, for medical law and ethics; sophomore Lyka San Jose, of Mays Landing, for researched persuasive speaking; freshman Raquel Wynder, of Pleasantville, for prepared speaking; seniors Ben Davis and Erika Quarton, both of Galloway Township, for CPR/first aid; and seniors Jenna Hoagland and Alexandra Giraldo, of Buena and Galloway Township, respectively, in the emergency medical technician category.

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