The hot August weather has driven most of us inside to work on our carvings. Our Show is 6 months away so I everyone has had a chance to come up with some artistic and creative carvings to enter. July ended with a group taking Michele Parsons pyrography class. Everyone who participated learned a lot and produced some remarkable pyrography projects.
August we will have carvers traveling to Wildacres for carving classes with Peter Ortel and Mitch Cartledge. For those that have not been to Wildacres it is a beautiful location and promises a cooler environment. This is an opportunity to enjoy nature and beautiful mountain vistas as well as sharpen our carving skills while learning from talented instructors. It is not only a place to learn but also enjoy the fellowship of other carvers. Evenings we can relax with our friends and enjoy some “adult beverages” if we are of a mind to do so.
Happy (belated) 4th of July. I hope each of you had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday. The end of June wrapped up with the chip carving classes conducted by Bill Johnson. The carvers that took his class were delighted not only with the class itself but with the instructor and the results of their projects. The completed or nearly completed chip carvings available for viewing at the summer picnic were terrific.
The summer picnic was well attended where nearly 60 members and guests gathered for good food and good fellowship. Many thanks to those who donated items for the raffle and to those who helped with the preparation and clean-up. Special thanks to Bill and Judy Dominic for their efforts in making this activity a success.
Pyrography classes with Michele Parsons for beginner and advanced students will be July 19, 20 and 21. I know all those enrolled are looking forward, as I am, to seeing what projects she will have available for us. Our club is very fortunate to have such skilled artisans as Michele Parsons and Bill Johnson among its membership.
Don’t forget that Matthews Alive is fast approaching and we would like to see as many carvers participate as possible. Also, our annual show is rapidly approaching. We need club members to come prepared to work and stay until the show has concluded in order to make the 2019 show as successful as those in the past. With a change in venue there are many hurtles we need to overcome but I am sure we will be able to rise to the occasion.
LIVE AS IF YOU WERE TO DIE TOMORROW. LEARN AS IF YOU WERE TO LIVE FOREVER. — Mahatma GandiHappy Carving,
Greetings Fellow WoodcarversJune continues to be a busy month with carving classes for new carvers. We are pleased to have this month chip carving classes instructed by Bill Johnson, a gifted and talented carver who is also a member of the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club. We want to continue the momentum by offering instruction in the various woodcarving venues that are of interest to club members. If you have any suggestions for future classes please let us know and we will try to make it happen.
Now that the location for our 2019 woodcarving show has been decided (CPCC), I would like to turn my attention to further developing the main purpose of the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club. The club was founded on the premise, “ to promote the art of woodcarving”. In addition to our yearly woodcarving show we need to broaden our public persona. I recently received an article from Ray Branch about an ongoing program by the Lancaster, Pa club, to reach out to the youth and general public by offering classes on the techniques of basic woodcarving. They have been successfully conducting this program for the last 13 years. We need to get more youth involved in our art and who knows we might just spark an interest that puts aside the phones and video games that seems to occupy so much of our youth’s time.
START WHERE YOU ARE. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. DO WHAT YOU CAN.&mdashArthur Ashe
May is continuing to be a busy month with various club members conducting carving classes. The club will continue to soliciting other members to use their carving talents to instruct/demonstrate to the membership. Several club members have volunteered to demonstrate woodcarving at the Matthews Farmer’s Market this month. We have also been contacted by a local Boy Scout Troop to demonstrate carving for 50-60 scouts. We welcome opportunities like this to showcase the artistry of woodcarving to the public.
The Board has approved the purchase of new LED tube lights for the Cathcart Center. Club volunteers will install them this month. We are all looking forward to a brighter area for carving.
Many thanks go Bob Benston and his committee for securing a new venue for our 2019 Woodcarvers Show. Having the Show at a new location will require participation from as many club members as possible. Please contact Bob and volunteer your time and talents to help make this another successful show.
It is with sad hearts to learn of the passing of one of our members, Debra Downer. Debra was a warm and wonderful person as well as a talented carver and painter. Debra was a friend to everyone she meet. She will be missed. Happy Carving !!!
THE FREEDOM OF CARVING OPENS THE MIND TO UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES
If you think you can or if you think you can’t….you’re rightHappy Carving!Al WheelerPresident