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President's Blog

Hello Charlotte Woodcarvers;

merry christmasI would to remind all club members that our Holiday Party is scheduled for December 3, 2019. As is customary, we will meet at the Carmel Presbyterian Church at 5:30 and serve dinner at 6:00. We would like for those participating to bring a side dish enough to serve their family and 2 others. The Club will be furnishing the meat and dessert. Please bring whatever carvings you are working on, whether they are completed or not, for display. Finally, if you have any carving related items such as wood, tools, books or carvings that you would like to donate for the Holiday Party door prizes, please get them to me by the end of November.

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

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone, Best of Show winner in the 2019 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Bill Johnson Eagle

Congratulations Neil McGuire

Congratulations to Neil McGuire, Best of Intermediate, Catawba Valley Wood Carvers competition, October 2019 Best of Intermediate, Catawba Valley Wood Carvers competition.

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone for carving Best of Show Runner Up in the 2019 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

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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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