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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.

When September arrives each year, my wife and I are invited to spend a week with my sister and her husband at their beach condo in North Myrtle Beach. I think I could spend even more time at this particular condo. UM!!! A beach condo!!! This is the perfect location to carve and enjoy good snacks and maybe a favorite beverage. But hey, it’s the beach….. Enough said for now.
September also allowed us to once again participate with the Matthews Alive Festival for 3 days of carving and interacting with over 2000 visitors. Once again the club gave over 200 hours of support to the festival which was a tremendous success. A big thank you goes out to Bob Benston for heading up this event and would also like to thank all members that gave their time to help the club for a successful festival.

With temperatures well above 950 in Charlotte, some of us gathered our carving tools and wine and once again headed off to Wild Acres Retreat located in the North Carolina Mountains for some cooler weather carving classes.
When we arrived on Monday morning the weather wasn’t much different than where we left, HOT!!!
We were all meeting for lunch at a pre determined location when we were notified that this place we were eating Ran Out of Food. WOW!!! So with the fast acting response of our leader, Rod Gatlin, we found ourselves with PIZZA being brought to our carving studio. Got an early start on carving and had pizza in the studio. Can’t beat that!!! We did have cooler weather for the rest of the week but speaking for me; I wore shorts and t-shirt all week and had the fan going. Can you believe that?

Hot & Muggy

This month of August has made it impossible to spend any carving time in an unconditioned work shop so, again I have moved my carving time back into the house where it is air conditioned. With a carving week at Wild Acres Retreat almost among us I will be looking forward to some cooler carving weather by attending this year’s Retreat.

Happy Independence Day

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July with fireworks and sparklers celebrating our 241st year since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

With July starting our second half of the year, it also happens to be the first of several hottest months of the year. With this weather being so hot and humid, it will give you time to stay inside and sharpen those carving skills and give you the opportunity to finish that carving for the clubs upcoming show.

Congratulations Leon Linet

Congratulations Leon for placing Second in Characature Carving at the Artistry in Wood show, Dayton Ohio, October 2017

Congratulations Maria Senkel

Congratulations Maria for placing First in Show at the Catawaba Woodcarvers Show, Hickory, NC, October 2017

Congratulations Rod Bubba and Tom

Congratulations Rod Gatlin for placing First in miniatures, instructer assisted, and rough out, Second in rough out and Third in Santa’s; Bubba Peace for First in Spoons, Second in Bark Houses and miniatures, and Third in miniatures; Tom Kavanogh First in caricatures; and Ron Dowdy for First in Ornaments at the Piedmont Woodcarvers Show, Simpsonville, SC, November 2017

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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