Editor's note: Cabin Fever is held each winter and consists of two sessions. This year, the first session was held Dec. 20-23, and the second will take place Monday through Friday.
In room 108 of Brockman Hall on Montana State University-Northern's campus, John Matta's class of 10 attentive pupils are hard at work. Using razor blades, gouges, chisels and other tools, the students hone their wood-carving skills by whittling a humanlike face out of chunks of cottonwood bark.
Step by step, Matta, who has carved wooden figurines as a hobby for decades, guides his class through the carving proce...