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President's Blog

Happy Mother’s Day


I was looking back on last May. We started carving again at Cathcart, but other calendar items were cancelling as fast as the summer was approaching. July picnic, Waxhaw festival, Matthews Alive, Wildacres, etc., etc. What a year it has been.
It does seem that we are opening up, slowly, and getting back to normal. We are carving at the Cathcart center every Tuesday from 9am to 7pm. Why not come and rejoin us if you have been away? It seems that every week we see someone return from the covid hiatus. Let it be you next week.

Happy Easter


May the blessing of Easter be with you and your household. He is Risen.
Well, let’s get the disappointment out of the way, the 2021 Showcase of Woodcarvings has been cancelled. The Showcase committee and board met to vote, and such was the result. Although the climate is changing, it was the prudent decision to make. A number of readers made comments on the decision, which you will see later in this newsletter.
On a positive note, the 2022 Showcase of Woodcarvings will be April 2-3, 2022, with setup on the 1st. We will keep the same show theme, Anything Tom Wolfe. I am sure everyone is looking forward to it. I know I am.

Happy Vernal Equinox


I trust this finds you happy and enjoying life as it comes your way. We just past the “Snow Moon” and will soon observe the spring equinox. What does that all mean? Winter is over and warmer weather is on the way. And this year, it also means the pandemic is closer to being over.
With the lockdown our calendar is clear, and very little is happening. Yet, we are carving every Tuesday from 9am to 6pm at the Carmel Presbyterian Church Cathcart Center. We usually have six (6) carvers in the morning, then we might take a lunch break and come back to the afternoon crowd of about a dozen (12). The governor has increased the size of indoor gatherings to twenty-five (25), so we have room to grow and remain within the safety guidelines. So how about rejoining us next Tuesday and help grow the crowd to that new limit?

Happy Valentine’s Day


Well, as you know, things are still in a lockdown position, but that doesn’t mean we can’t carve even more.
We had our first, but not last, club meeting on zoom the last Tuesday in January. I should have taken a screen shot to show off how many participants we had. There were over twenty (20) online for about an hour. It gave us an opportunity to show off some of our recent work. We also had two out-of-town members, Kevin Applegate and Bill Johnson, who brought us unto date on the latest happenings in their lives. Kevin gave a good expo on online carving classes and Bill showed us his latest projects. The next club meeting will be February 23, 2021 at 7pm. Save the date. Login details will be out the week before.
Speaking of Kevin Applegate, class had to be cancelled/postponed due to enrollment. Kevin wants to come and do a class with us, but the time is just not right this early in 2021. I will, however, take an online class from him. I will be participate in carving “Tex” class March 27-28, and I am very much looking forward to the experience, and I will make a report in the April newsletter.

Happy New Year


The New Year is a time to reflect, reflect upon what happened this past year. 2020 began with Al Wheeler writing “The year 2020 promises to be a busy and exciting time for the Club. We have about 7 weeks left before our Show begins. …” He was right, for the first two months. We had a great 38th Showcase of Woodcarvings. And then we had Carol Leavy stay after the show to teach carving Santas. Then it was if everything stopped. The state closed down, which closed our carving together.
Marcy Chirdon and the new board took office April 1, however that didn’t last long either. With the forced retirement of her husband, Marcy moved from Charlotte to New York to be closer to her two sons and their families. That is when I stepped into the position of president.

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone, Best of Show winner in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Bill Johnson Eagle

Congratulations Vic Hood

Congratulations Vic Hood for carving Best of Show Runner Up in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

Carve in Charlotte

We meet every Tuesday from 9:00 a.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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