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Thank you “Charlotte Woodcarvers Club” for all your support to the club and the support for all woodcarving clubs in the surrounding area. We thank Carmel Presbyterian Church and Matthews Woodcraft Store for a place to demonstrate the art of woodcarving. We also thank Charlotte Parks and Recreation for their support for our Showcase of Woodcarvings.

As our 2017 showcase is just over a month away it’s time to think about finishing your carvings and putting on that special finish. If you have not thought about entering your carving or carvings in the show, please do so and enjoy seeing your carvings alongside many others. It’s really breath taken to see your carvings in competition with others. This is also the best time to support the club with your registration and you never know, there just might be a ribbon for that carving you just finished.

2017 was a fantastic year for our club in supporting not only our club but other clubs in demonstrating the art of woodcarving. You can read about the accomplishments last year in the article 2017 Year in Review.
As we prepare ourselves for another new year, let us remember those members that left us for another carving world. We will miss our carving friends and will remember them as they were a part of our fellowship and achievements.

Happy Carving…
The first knife cut of your project is a journey you will cherish

Our 2018 Showcase is this coming weekend, February 16, 17 & 18. I am looking forward to meeting all the competing carvers, vendors and visitors for a fun filled weekend of competition and showing off our carvings to the public. All local CWC club members should be registered by Friday, February 16, 2018. This is to insure that club members will be available for Friday afternoon and Saturday morning check in as runners for those signing in for competition.

Charlotte Woodcarvers Club had another successful year with members contributing their time, talent and efforts on a variety of activities throughout the year to promote the art of woodcarving. Thanks to each of you who have contributed so much.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Another year has allowed our club to come together for fellowship and fun at our annual Christmas Social.
Thanks everyone for making Charlotte Woodcarvers Club a successful, enjoyable and fun filled club.
We had great participation at this year’s Christmas Social with 73 in attendance and the covered dishes were out of this world. Once again the club provided the fried chicken and desert and everyone brought a covered dish to share with others.

Merry Christmas Everyone and thanks for a great year of carving and fellowship.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen with this piece of wood

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Every September and October brings us carving shows and festivals that we, as a club, try to attend by supporting local woodcarving clubs and festivals. I would like to thank all CWC members supporting these shows in Hickory NC, Greenville SC, Townsend TN, Asheville NC, Wilmington Ohio and a Festival in Waxhaw NC and Matthews NC.

Jim Carpenter - Painting Seminar

We are pleased to have, as one of our seminar speakers this year, Jim Carpenter. His seminar on painting will be at 11:00, Saturday February 17, 2018. The following is from Journal Now.

"Jim Carpenter, a bird carver, finds inspiration everywhere.
"He carves life-like sculptures that show birds in their natural habitat. ... He paints all his sculptures with acrylics or oils.
“ 'I usually decide on the bird first, then how it will be mounted, including the habitat, and then make the habitat out of whatever it takes to create the habitat I am envisioning,'
“...'My theory is that a great carving done with a so-so paint job is just a so-so piece. ...'”

Ron Dowdy Painting Seminar

We are pleased to have, as one of our seminar speakers this year, Ron Dowdy. His seminar on painting will be at 2:00, Saturday February 17, 2018. The following is from Caricature Carvers of America.

"Woodworking has been a life long vocation and avocation...
"While I have been fortunate enough to validate my progress by winning some top awards, the journey is the ultimate reward: induction into the CCA; making new friends who creatively express themselves through their art; sharing concepts through teaching and seeing people’s approval through their smiles and chuckles.”

Bob Stadtlander Relief Carving Seminar

We are pleased to have, as one of our seminar speakers this year, Bob Stadtlander. His seminar on relief carving will be at 10:00, Sunday February 18, 2018. The following is from Trib Total Media.

"Bob Stadtlander, who gave a talk at the last Chisels and Chips gathering on June 9, picked up carving as a diversion after graduating from college more than 25 years ago...
"“It ended up being five years” Stadtlander said.
"The northeastern Ohio resident teaches woodcarving classes, traveling as far as Nebraska, and his works have appeared in juried shows."

Dylan Goodson Carving a Face Seminar

We are pleased to have, as one of our seminar speakers this year, Dylan Goodson. His seminar on carving a face will be at 11:00, Sunday February 18, 2018. The following is from his website.

"Turning a piece of wood into something that brings joy and wonder to others is something that gives me a great sense of enjoyment and accomplishment. The world is full of inspiration, and ideas come in all shapes and forms…whether it’s something I see, or a conversation with a friend, I try to incorporate it all into my work.

Carve in Charlotte

We meet every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Cathcart Center on the grounds of Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road Charlotte, NC 28226.

Carve in Matthews

We meet every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Woodcraft of Charlotte, 1725 Windsor Square Dr. Matthews, NC 28105.

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