The carvers come from as far away as Kentucky, Illinois, upstate New York and Georgia. But the local talent will be showcased as well.
"I like the feel of the wood. I like the grain of it. But what I like best is that you get into a flow and you get lost in it," he said.
He explained that his process can either start with a model or a mental concept. He said his models are usually not very detailed, but help with shape and proportions. Then, the carving begins.
"Every cut I make, I concern myself with, because you can't put the wood back. You take back everything that doesn't look like you want it to come out as," he said.
Visitors can watch carvers process throughout the festival. They will carve live, sell their pieces, and donate some to the auction 3 p.m. Sunday.
The auction benefits the Somerset County Blind Center.
Blind center Liason Rob Stemple said the organization provides transportation, rehabilitation and support groups.
"I think that helps quite a bit with people who are losing their vision. It has it's challenges, but it can be overcome and life can be good again," he said.
The event is sponsored by the Confluence Lions Club.
"Lions are considered 'the knights of the blind,'" co-chairman and Lions Club member Tom Briar said.
He said a blind judging is one of the most interesting events.
"We have people come down who judge them by feel," he said.
Other events include a parade at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and fireworks at 9 p.m.