Hello Fellow WoodcarversSummer 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. We all felt we learned a lot in a causal and relaxed manner. We also had the opportunity to visit Burnsville where the marvelous carver, David Boone, has a display of his carvings in the local museum. Truly an awesome experience. I would be remiss if I did not give a special thanks to Rod Gatlin for his effort in making the Wildacres retreat a memorable experience. Our Club is fortunate to have space available to house a library collection of carving books and magazines. This resource is for the use of club members and is intended to be used and returned to the library. Unfortunately we have had some carvers check out reference material and not returned it in a timely manner. Some have had materials for over a year. Please check your magazine racks and bookshelves for any club property and return/mail those item(s) back to the library so others can utilize the reference material. As Labor Day approaches we look forward to caving at the Matthews Alive Festival. We will be carving for 3 days and expect thousands of visitors to view our work.
Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.Frank Lloyd WrightHappy Carving Al Wheeler President Charlotte Woodcarvers Club