Passion Drives Veteran to Carve Christmas Piece at Weslaco RV Park

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 25 2019 Dec 25, 2019 December 25, 2019 9:43 PM December 25, 2019 in News - Local
By: Marisol Villareal

WESLACO – a 75-year-old veteran now living in the Rio Grande Valley is using his self-taught artistic talent to brighten his community for the holidays.


Roger Gottsch says it all started as an escape. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1969.


He moved to the Valley from Oregon and he says that’s when he first started carving wood.


After building his skill over a three-year span, he started working on what he calls, “Peace in the Valley”.


It’s a Christmas themed hand-carved wood piece inspired by the Northern Lights.


Gottsch says it took him about a month to complete the entire project.


Watch the video above for the full story.


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