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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?
We did have a visitor to stop by and have pizza with us. CCA member, Tom Wolf stopped in to say hello and speak with all those present. It was nice to see Tom up and around and enjoyed his visit. Thanks Tom for visiting with us.
We started our first class of the week with CCA member, Ron Dowdy from Sanford, NC. Ron brought in a large assortment of rough outs to choose from for our class projects. Most of us were able to start two projects and a few completed at least one of their carvings. Thanks Ron for your many suggestions on carving techniques.
Our second half of the week was with CCA member, Mitch Cartledge from Morganton, NC. Mitch brought many rough outs to choose from and most were able to complete two carvings including the painting. Thanks Mitch for your expert assistance in carving instructions and painting techniques.
It was great having two CCA members, Ron Dowdy and Mitch Cartledge, together in one week of classes, teaching to those that want to learn the art of woodcarving. It was also great having Tom Wolf visit our class to share his stories and ideas with us all.
Thanks to club member Rod Gatlin for a great job in putting this event together and being able to provide two great instructors.
We all did take a little time out from our carving to witness the eclipse. You may read more about this adventure later on in this news letter.
Don’t forget, Jim Hart the Wood Supplier will be here Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and will arrive at the church around 2:30pm. We will still be able to carve so if you do not need wood feel free to still attend our carving sessions. This is your chance to stock up on some good wood from Wisconsin.
For all upcoming events check the clubs on-line calendar.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY …
Have fun carving
and:
“It doesn’t matter how slowly you carve as long as you don’t stop”

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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