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Charlotte Woodcarvers Caricature Carving Retreat 2018 August 20 - 26

Peter Ortel - Monday afternoon August 20 - Thursday morning August 23

Peter actively pursued carving caricatures after retiring from the New York City Fire Department in 1987. He is an excellent teacher and has taught at Wildacres for us twice in the past. Peter's work has earned many awards, including Best of Show and People's Choice at the International Woodcarvers Congress. He has taught woodcarving around the country and in his studio near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mitch Cartledge - Friday morning August 25 - Sunday August 27

Mitch resides in Morganton, NC with his wife Page. Mitch is a long time member of The Charlotte Woodcarvers Club and has become a nationally recognized artist in carving caricatures. He is also a member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA), and regularly attends our show in February. Mitch's caricature chess set was featured on the cover of the fall 2008 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.

Two class offerings back-to-back at Wild Acres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC. Those interested in both classes can go for the whole week. The first class (Peter Ortel) will start Monday around 1:00, August 20th, and end Thursday, August 23rd at lunchtime.

The second class (Mitch Cartledge) will start Friday morning, August 24th and end Sunday, August 26th. Dinner on Monday night and Thursday night are included in the cost. All 3 meals on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are included in fees. Sunday breakfast is also included. For lodgers staying the whole week, lunch on Thursday is also included.

Rooms are all double occupancy (2 to a room) unless you make other arrangements with Rod Gatlin, trip leader. Talk to Rod if you need a roommate. Lodging, meals, and gratuities are included in the prices below. Double the amount if your spouse is going. He/She will not need to pay instructor fees if not taking a class.

LODGING & MEALS (per person, double occupancy)

3 days only $230

6 days $365 (both classes)


Peter Ortel Instructor Fee: $120 (assuming we fill the class)
Mitch Cartledge Instructor Fee: $60

Add the Instructor Fees to the Lodging and Meals to get your total price. If you are staying all week and taking both classes your total cost would be $545 (double occupancy), not including blanks.

Congratulations David Boone

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

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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