2018 Showcase Information

Showcase of Woodcarvings

February 17-18, 2018

Show Theme: Anything Nautical

Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210

see map below


Welcome to The Charlotte Woodcarvers Showcase of Woodcarvings 2017 — the largest Woodcarving Show/Competition in the Southeast. Our event is a competition with more than 800 carvings entered by more than 120 carvers from 15 states.


There are 3 levels of competition: Novice (green tablecloths), Intermediate (blue tablecloths), and Open (burgundy tablecloths). Within each level, there are over 30 categories, such as Ducks, Human Figures, etc – and then within each category there is “natural” and “painted” subcategories – totaling over 180 subcategories to be judged.

carvings and carving supplies for sale

Many of the exhibitors and carvers will have carvings for sale. Check with the carvers for details. Charlotte Woodcarver Club members will help with your questions. Vendors will have tools and supplies for sale.

free lessons for new carvers

The Charlotte Woodcarvers Club will have a table for new carvers – join the Club and get 8 WEEKS of free lessons. We can teach you to carve. We have members who can assist you in purchasing supplies. Most of us will be wearing shirts with The Charlotte Woodcarvers logo.

Dates and Times

Carvings Exhibit Hours:
Sat, 17th 12:00 – 4 p.m. **
Sun, 18th 10:00 – 4 p.m.
(**Judging is from 8:30 – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibit is closed for viewing during those times)

Vendors are open:
Sat, 17th 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun, 18th 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
****** There will be carvings for sale ********


The Marion Diehl Recreation Center is conviently located two miles east of I-77 exit 5, Tyvola Rd.

Competition Judges

Mike Jackson will judge birds at all levels

Ronnie McMahan will judge birds at all levels

Desiree Hajny will judge all caricatures at all leveels. Desiree Hajny has been involved in the arts for the past 31 years, as a teacher in both the public and private sectors, as the author of eight books...

Dwayne Gosnell will judge novice and intermediate. He has won awards in Caricature Carvers of America competitions.

Bill Johnson will judge all other Open entries. Bill is the creator of Carolina Mountain Reefs where he combines his love for Chip Carving with his long-time interest in marine life.

Bob Stadtlander will judge all other Open entries. Bob specializes in relief carving, mostly in wood 2” thick or less.

Dylan Goodson will judge Novice and Intermediate entries

Ron Dowdy will judge all caricatures and santas. Ron is retired and lives in Sanford, NC and is active with the North Carolina Woodcarving Association in Raleigh. He is also a member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA).

Competition Prizes and Awards

2018 Show Theme

“Anything Nautical”

Total Prizes: $2000

Best of Show* $375
Best of Show - Runner Up $200
Best of Show Theme $150
Best of Show Theme - Intermediate $100
Best of Show Theme - Novice $75
Best of Open $100
Best of Open - Runner Up $75
Best of Intermediate $100
Best of Intermediate - Runner Up $50
Best of Novice $50
Best of Novice - Runner Up $25
Best of Birds $100
Best of Birds - Intermediate $50
Best of Birds - Novice $25
Best of Charicatures $100
Best of Caricatures - Intermediate $50
Best of Caricatures - Novice $25
Best of Santas $100
Best of Santas - Intermediate $50
Best of Santas - Novice $25
Best of Ornaments $100
Best of Ornaments - Intermediate $50
Best of Ornaments - Novice $25
* All divisions, Open, Intermediate and Novice, are eligible to be included in the Best of Show Judging
Best of Tom Wolfe Prizes from Tom Wolfe
Best of Whittling Prizes from Tom Wolfe
Best of Caricature Cutouts Prizes from Steve Brown
Lee S. Dukes Memorial Award
A commemorative placque is presented to the awardee is presented to the carver chosen as the Best of Show Theme.

Tom Wolfe Competition

Internationally known Legendary wood carver Tom Wolfe will be, once again, leading the Tom Wolfe Carving Competition on Saturday and Sunday during the show.

Raffle and Door Prizes

*** Door prizes throughout the show and special door prizes for carvers *****

Come to our raffle table! There will be over 70 items on display and ready to be won. The raffle table will also feature a silent auction and a project carved by the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club.

Raffle Ticket Prices:
$1.00 for 1 Ticket
$5.00 for 7 Tickets
$10.00 for 15 Tickets
Best Deal Going: $20.00 for 40 Tickets


Here is a list of some of the vendors that will be at our show:

Steve Brown
"Specializing in caricature carving, Steve has won numerous national and international awards. Steve is one of America’s most respected caricature carvers and instructors. Steve offers private lessons, conducts several seminars annually and is the author of Carving Pen Figures and Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes."

Mitch and Paige Cartledge
"For Mitchell, carving has provided more than an outlet for his creativity. Mitchell feels the biggest reward has been the friendships made with others that share his interest in the art of woodcarving. Mitchell enjoys mentoring others by building upon the student’s talents and interests."

Dyland Goodson
"There are a lot of things that I love about being a woodcarver, but the greatest reward is sharing my work with people and seeing the wonder and joy on their faces. In 2005, Dylan took his first woodcarving class and started exhibiting his work… In the fall of 2007, Dylan taught his first class on relief carvings. …"

John C. Campbell Folk School John C. Campbell Folk School
"John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. …"

Bridges Dillehay
Bridges does not have a website, so information is limited. He is an accomplished award winning carver from Tennesee.

Ron Dowdy
"Woodworking has been a life long vocation and avocation: working with my father in a backyard wood shop; working summers in furniture factories; earning a BS and MA in Industrial Arts with a concentration in woods; and a career in furniture production, while spending my free time reproducing antique furniture which introduced me to marquetry and some traditional carving. …"

Helvie Knives
"Ken Helvie created the Helvie Knife in 1986. For a few years it was only locally known in central Indiana. With the help of the Eastern Woodland Carving Club in Converse Indiana, the knife became known throughout the Central States. Rich worked for Ken until 2004 when he and his wife, Holli, had the opportunity to buy the business. …"

Desiree Hajny
Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-seven years as a teacher in the public and private sectors, as the author of eight books and contributor to seven others, and contributing editor to several periodicals in the United States and Europe. Desiree has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985. …

Bill Johnson
"Over a period of about six years, Bill received formal training while attending three separate courses taught by Wayne Barton, the Country's preeminent chip carver, ending in a 6-day advanced course at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. …"

Robert Stadtlander
"Robert began showing his work in 1992. Robert has numerous awards, exhibits widely in the northeast and midwest and has taught workshops since 1994. Robert has won best of show at the Georgia National Fair, Sunrise Side Woodcarving Show (MI), Wonders in Wood (OH), Art in Wood (OH), Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Show (NY), and the Catatonk Valley Woodcarving Show (NY.)"

Bill Moloney
"Bill Moloney of Waxhaw was 11 when his father taught him how to carve birds with thin, fanned wings and tails from a single piece of white cedar. When he was 13, his father died, but Bill has continued the carving technique ever since, and he also sells sun catchers and cut-bottle candleholders."

Pyrography by Michelle Parsons
"Michele Parsons, the founder of Parsons Wood Artistry, has been immersed in art and nature her entire life. …"

Charles Simpson is a carver and knife maker of Guntersville, Alabama has been making carving knives for many years. He is an active member of the Huntsville Carving Club and sells his knives at their show and other shows in the Alabama area. …

Arnold Smith Arnold Smith
a carver and knife maker of Guntersville, Alabama has been making carving knives for many years. He is an active member of the Huntsville Carving Club and sells his knives at their show and other shows in the Alabama area. …

Jim Spencer is an award winning woodcarver.

Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers
Carvers Helping Carvers
a source for many carving needs

Maruice VanHook Maurice VanHook
"in 2009 I took my first woodcarving class. Since that time I have taken several classes and enrolled online for more classes. I think it is good to take classes with other carvers and even though they are teaching with their style each carver will develop their own style of carving. My own style is evolving even as I carve today." …

Rod Wilcox Rod & Muriel Wilcox
Carvers Helping Carvers
"We have been involved in wood from the cutting and harvesting of the tree, through the hauling and processing of the wood, and finally the milling and kiln drying of the wood for wood carvers like you. We very much enjoy the milling and kiln drying of the wood, so much that it is all we do now. We pride ourselves on using only the best Butternut and Basswood products from Wisconsin's Northern forest land, and selling some the best carving wood on the market."

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop Klingspor's Woodworking Shop
"Klingspor's Woodworking Shop has a complete line of supplies for woodworking, both power and hand tools. Take advantage of this opportunity."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe
"Tom James Wolfe began woodcarving at the age of 12. He has become one of America's leading wood carvers with nearly 50 books in print with Schiffer Publications to date. Tom currently resides in Spruce Pine, NC and teaches classes several times a year at his workshop on Grandfather Mountain, as well as at the John C. Campbell School in Brasstown NC. Tom's main area of artistic exploration is Cariacature Carving, and is a member of the Cariacature Carvers of America(the CCA)."

Accomodations and Attractions

Wingate by Wyndham I-77 & Tyvola
Charlotte Airport South
6050 Tyvola Glen Circle
Charlotte, NC 28217
Discount rate of $84/night for the ShowCase guests

information needed on this plus a map etc

For area attractions, please visit these websites:
www.visitcharlotte.com , www.charlottesgotalot.com and www.festivalnews.info.

Food Vendor

Our show will feature a food vendor that will be located outside Marion Dhiel. The food vendor is: Roman's Delicious Dogs and Catering.
Here is their menu. There are also restaurants around the area.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please call us at: (704) 529-1748 or email

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone, Best of Show winner in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Bill Johnson Eagle

Congratulations Vic Hood

Congratulations Vic Hood for carving Best of Show Runner Up in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

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