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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. Club elections were held for our 2018 Officers and Board Members with the following results.
Club Officers:
Al Wheeler - President
Tom Kavanagh - Vice President
David Offill - Secretary
Henry Higginbotham- Treasure

Club Board Members:
Neil Zyp
Bubba Mullis
Marcy Chirdon

Rotating off the Club Board is Jim Horn and I thank him for his service to the club. I would also like to thank outgoing Vice President-Joe Davis and Secretary-Claudia Wallace for their commitment as club officers. With the new officers and Board Member starting their positions in April 2018 we will be able to continue our club and its purpose to serve others.
As in the past we have asked for your input for future carving classes and seminars….
Again I ask all members that if there are any seminars for our club meetings or carving classes that you would like to see the club pursue or if you have a particular instructor or instructors you would like to see teach a particular subject you would like to learn about, please get in touch with our new President, Al Wheeler for your suggestions.
Your input is important to the club program.

SEE YOU AT THE SHOW….

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.

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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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