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President's Blog

Greetings Woodcarvers

First, I would like to thank all of the carvers that participated at the Matthews Alive Festival. Every year the festival seems to grow with more and more vendors and activities for young and old alike. Our club is extremely fortunate to have a nice air conditioned room to demonstrate carving and to display our completed projects. The public perception of our work was very favorable and we enjoyed explaining the differences in the various wood and tools that we use for carving. Second, in the future I would like to see more club members participate. I know this is a holiday weekend and we all have commitments but a couple of hours of carving can mean a great deal to the club. This is the only club activity that we actually receive a stipend for doing what we love.

Hello Fellow Woodcarvers


Summer is about to wind down and hopefully everyone has had to formulate and idea to carve for our show theme-Americana. The theme is open to numerous interpretations and we look forward to seeing the various creative carvings that are sure to be entered.

For those that did not have an opportunity to carve at Wildacres I hope you get the chance in the future. For those that did go, we had a great time carving, good fellowship, good food and beautiful mountain vistas. Both instructors for the week, Ron Dowdy and Tom Gow, did a super job.

Greetings Fellow Carvers


Well this has certainly been an oppressive summer with heat and humidity skyrocketing. The upside to all this hot weather suggests that now is a good to finalize all those projects that just need a little more finishing or painting or staining. This is a great time to stay indoors with the air conditioning and complete your carvings.
July 9, 2019 was the annual picnic with approximately 50 carvers, friends and family enjoying the BBQ chicken and all the “fixins”. Special thanks to Bill and Judy Dominic for all their work bringing everything together for the club picnic.

Hello Carvers


REMINDER-JULY 9, 2019 IS THE SUMMER PICINIC AT CARMEL CHURCH. WE WILL GATHER FOR DINNER AT 5:30. AS IN THE PAST, THE CLUB WILL PROVIDE TH E MEAT AND DISSERT. WE ASK THAT EACH ATTENDEE BRING A SIDE DISH TO FEED THEIR GUESTS PLUS 2 OTHERS. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO BRING ANY NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR LOAVES AND FISHES.
With the hot humid summer months coming it’s not too early to early to start carving for the show which is only 8 months away. The theme is “Americana” and the possibilities are endless for all kinds of creative carving projects. I would like to see our club have a greater percentage of carvings for the show theme then we have had in the past. Let those creative juices flow and participate.
August is the time for the Wildacres carving retreat. This is a very special time of the year when we can escape the hot humid weather and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, enjoy the fellowship of other carvers and learn from excellent instructors. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Wildacres you’ve missed out on a great carving experience. Even though most of the classes are filled, Rod Gatlin can add you to his waiting list. You never know if a spot will open up so you could attend.
If any carvers have any items for door prizes they would like to donate for the picnic please let me know by the end of this month.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined –Henry David Thoreau
Happy Carving!!!
Al Wheeler
President CWC

Greetings Fellow Woodcarvers


The warmer months have arrived and it’s time to get out of doors and enjoy some of the best mother nature has to offer. With the rains we have been experiencing it’s also a great time to relax with a sharp knife and a piece of wood to create something. Remember, our Show is only 9 months away and it’s never too early to plan your next carving(s). One carving club already has 200 entries ready for next year.
April started off busy with the new carvers finishing up their carving instructions. On April 20, 2019 several members of our club assisted local Boy Scouts to earn their Woodcarving Merit Badge. Many thanks to the club members that helped with the preparation and to those who participated in the carving instruction. We certainly enjoyed having the scouts and I hope we can continue to work with them in the future.
On May 18, 2019 we will once again be demonstrating woodcarving at the Matthews Farmer’s Market. This has always been a “fun” activity for our club members and usually generates a lot of questions and interest from the public.
On July 9, 2019 we will have our annual summer picnic at Carmel Church at 5:30. The club will provide the meat and dessert and we ask our members to bring a side dish to feed their guests and 2 others. Please bring your carvings to show and if you have any items to donate for a raffle let me know ASAP.
In August we will be visiting Wildacres for a week of carving instruction, fellowship, beautiful scenery and good food. If you have any interest in attending this event, either now or in the future and you would like additional information, please contact Rod Gatlin.
Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful!
Joshua J. Marine

Al Wheeler
President Charlotte Woodcarvers Club

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