Feb 20th – 22nd, 2015

Feb 20th is for carver registration. Please get our brochure below for more information

The Largest Woodcarvings Show in the Southeast

Show Theme: The Circus




Welcome to The Charlotte Woodcarvers’ Showcase of Woodcarvings 2015.  Our event is a competition of over 800 carvings entered by over 120 amateur and professional carvers from up and down the east coast. We have 3 levels of competition: Novice (green tablecloths), Intermediate (blue tablecloths), and Open (burgundy tablecloths).  Within each level we have over 30 categories, such as Ducks, Human Figures, etc.  Within each category we have “natural” and “painted” subcategories.  This creates over 180 subcategories to be judged.


Enjoy the our show, and be sure to ask one of our club members if you have questions.  Most of us will be wearing dark blue shirts with The Charlotte Woodcarvers logo on front.


2014 Best of Show winner, Bill Johnson Screen shot 2014-08-29 at 5.59.27 PM

Show Brochure & Club Membership


Dates & Times

Come to View

Carvings Exhibit Hours: 

Sat, 21st 12:00 – 4 p.m. **
Sun, 22nd 10:00 – 3:30 p.m.
(**Judging is from 8:30 – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibit is closed for viewing during those times)

Come to Buy

Vendors are open:
Sat, 21st 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun, 22nd 10:00 – 3:30 p.m.
****** There will be carvings for sale ********


The Competition Judges

This year we have a great line up of well-known, professional carvers, that will be serving as judges for our woodcarving competition.

Peter Ortel, New York City born and raised, retired from the New York Fire Department after serving for 21 years as a Firefighter and started carving in 1990. After a lifetime as New Yorkers, Peter and his wife Madelyn are now residents of South Carolina.  He was elected into the Caricature Carvers of America in 1992 and served as president of the CCA from 1996 to 1998. Peter’s work has been featured on local Television, several newspapers and national and international magazines. He has won many awards and has taught carving classes around the country. His biggest success to date was to win the Best of Show award and People’s Choice award at the 2000 International Woodcarvers Congress in Davenport, Iowa for his carving he calls “Love”. Because a caricature has never done this before, it is considered a major breakthrough for caricature carving. He is presently teaching seminars and speaking at woodcarving clubs, wood carving shows and events throughout the country and is available for commissions.
Lila has been carving since she was a child. When she found out about the Piedmont Woodcarvers Club many years ago, she went there and found out things about different kinds of wood, tools, etc. She started carving because her mother was a sculptor in clay and she always liked shapes and forms. Lila has carved a lot of different things—people, animals. She likes to carve realistic, or as realistic as she can get it. She also doesn’t have a preference between power and hand carving.
Steve, a native of Madisonville, KY, began carving in 1977. Specializing in caricature carving, he has won numerous national and international awards. Steve is fast becoming one of America’s most respected carvers. Although, best known for his caricatures, he is equally talented at carving realistic figures. Steve offers private lessons, conducts several seminars annually and is the author of Carving Pen Figures and Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes.
In her youth, as a photographer’s apprentice, Carole Jean Boyd learned how to retouch negatives and paint photographs. Over time she became widely respected in her field, winning national photography awards. The years of retouching and painting faces shaped her style of carving that blends realism, caricature, and a little primitive. Carole Jean has won Best of Show awards at the Blue Earth Show in Minnesota and at the War Eagle Fall Fair in Arkansas. In addition to the numerous first-place awards she has received at woodcarving competitions, she also teaches woodcarving in her Old South Wood Carving Studio in Montgomery, Alabama and at woodcarving clubs throughout the United States


Seminars will be about one-hour long and this year we have a great group of instructors that are well-known in the industry and very popular among woodcarving clubs.

Seminar Schedule  – Time details will be posted closer to the event date

Saturday, February 22
10am –
11am –
1pm –  

Sunday, February 23
10am –
11am –
1pm –
Bill Johnson Cullowhee, NC

Background: Growing up in Iowa, Bill began woodworking in his pre-teen years, building all sorts of things, from his own toys to a soap box derby car. Upon seeing a demonstration of Chip Carving, Bill was intrigued by its beauty and versatility, and began researching the craft. He slowly built up his skills, and undertook formal training by the country’s preeminent chip carver. Since that first introduction to the craft, Bill has gone on to win top honors in numerous carving competitions, and has given back to the craft through teaching. In his own words, “Teaching students the basics and seeing them develop their own capabilities and love for chip carving is one of the most gratifying things I can imagine”

Awards and Recognitions:
Best of Show:
Charlotte Showcase of Woodcarving 2014, Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, Charlotte, NC
Best of Show:
Sculptures and Design in Wood 2013, Piedmont Woodcarver’s Club, Greenville, SC
Best of Show:
Mountain State Fair 2013, Asheville, NC
Second Best of Show:
Mountain Heritage Day Art Festival, Cullowhee, NC 2013
First Place:
Klockit’s Annual Clockmaker Contest 2013
First Place: Editor’s Choice in Boxes and Smalls category, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Excellence Awards 2013

Leah Goddard has a BS in Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Leah contributes to several wood carving magazines, and has authored her own book “Carving Nature’s Rascals: Wood Carving an Armadillo, Skunk, Mouse and Raccoon.” She has competed nationally and has won numerous awards as well as best of show in the Artistry in Wood show. Leah has taught wood carving for the past fifteen years.
Mark resides in Lexington, South Carolina and currently carves as a hobby since he is employed full-time with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Maintenance Division. His love of carving began more than thirty years ago when he attended a carving meeting in a small basement of a church in Alton, Illinois. At this meeting he was inspired with a love of carving that has never died. His first attempt at carving produced a three-legged (because he cut off the fourth leg) “Pluto” which he still has because he believes in remembering the journey that takes you from a starting point to where you are today. Often times when new carvers meet Mark and remark on his work, he will show them “Pluto” and remind them that learning to carve is an ever evolving adventure.

Mark’s carvings consistently win awards at every competition he competes in including shows in Charlotte, Hickory, Piedmont and Statesville, North Carolina, as well as Johnson City,Tennessee. His two favorite shows are the Annual National Caricature Carvers Competition and the International Woodcarvers Congress. Mark has become well known in the carving world by winning numerous CCA awards at various shows, and capturing the Tom Wolfe Award at Charlotte. His carvings have also been selected for Purchase Awards as well as his most prestigious award which was being named the Grand Prize Winner in the 2007 Wood Carving Illustrated Annual Santa Carving Competition. Mark was likewise honored to be the featured carver in the 2007 Holiday Issue of Carving Magazine.

He instructs both privately and in group class settings. He likes to compare teaching to competing in “whittling” contests. You never know what type of wood (student) you will get or what the subject matter will turn out to be, but are always excited by the opportunity to advance skills and create something out of a block of wood. He enjoys sharing his techniques with beginner carvers, as well as those who have advanced skills, and has produced instructional videos available at for several of his projects.

Mark is a carver whose style has been greatly influenced by classes he has taken from Phil &Vicki Bishop, Harold Enlow, Gary Falin, Allen Goodman, Pete LeClair, Don Mertz, Jon Nelson,Ross Oar, Pete Ortel, Mike Shipley, and Tom Wolfe. He is a true believer that no matter what class you attend you can always come away with new information that can advance your carving style.

Mark can be reached for teaching seminars, competition judging, sale of roughouts, DVDs and completed carvings at:

Mark Akers
504 Fox Trail Lane
Lexington, SC 29073
803-951-3755 (Home)
803-528-3811 (Cell)
E-mail =

Kathy Overcash has been carving since 2006. After taking a whimsical bark house class with Rick Jensen, she fell in love with carving Cottonwood bark and specifically, bark houses. The whimsical nature of the houses caught Kathy’s heart and her imagination. She continues to carve whimsical houses while trying to expand the artistic and fanciful nature of these houses. Her whimsical houses and other woodcarvings have won blue ribbons at many shows on the east coast with some winning “Best in Class”, “Best of Show”, “People’s Choice” and “Judges Creativity Awards”. Kathy retired in 2012 allowing her to focus full time on carving and teaching. She is a woodcarving instructor where she specializes in teaching others how to bring out the “whimsy” and “fanciful” characteristics of their houses and other woodcarving art.
Robert, a resident of Mantua, Ohio, has been carving since 1990. He is mostly self taught, but has taken several courses offered by other well known carvers. He specializes in relief carving, mostly in wood 2” thick or less. Robert’s fascination for woodcarving started at a very young age, however after being influenced by his family’s participation in the woodcarving world, he started carving as a hobby. After carving for approximately fifteen years, Robert now specializes in scenic relief carving relying on shadow, light, and perspective to give his carvings a life-like feel.

Robert began showing his work in 1992. Robert has numerous awards, exhibits widely in the northeast and midwest and has taught workshops since 1994. Robert has won best of show at the Georgia National Fair, Sunrise Side Woodcarving Show (Oscoda, MI), Wonders in Wood (Dover, Ohio), Art in Wood (Cleveland, Ohio), Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Show (Albany, NY), and the Catatonk Valley Woodcarving Show (Candor, NY.) Robert has taken on a variety of commission work, but also does much freelance work. Many of his carvings are contained in private collections.


I reside in Pfafftown, North Carolina a community outside of Winston-Salem, on the edge of the foothills of North Carolina. Sometime in the nineteen eighties, my wife gave her mother a carving of a chickadee as a Christmas present. The chickadee had been carved by Don McDonald a carver from east Tennessee. For a number of years I had admired the carving, then one day I said to myself “I think I can do that”. So I got some wood and began my carving journey. That journey has taken me far beyond anywhere I could have imagined when I first took the wood and knife in hand.

Shortly after beginning to carve I found that a bird carving class was offered at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art, in Winston-Salem, so I signed up and eventually ended up taking a took two classes taught by Chuck and Sue Heath. They introduced me to tools and techniques I didn’t know existed and I quickly improved my carving skills. A few years and many bird carvings later I took a class with Bob Guge, a many times World Champion, and this improved my carving skills even further. Several years and even more carvings later, I met and became friends with Keith Mueller, another many times World Champion, who has been an inspiration and mentor in my carving endeavor. I credit Keith, through his unselfish nature, with taking me from being a woodcarver to being an artist. I thank him and the many others who have helped me along the way.

I carve the birds and much of the habitat from tupelo gum, which is a wood that grows in swampy areas from Virginia to Texas. The habitat, which enhances the carving, is made from many different materials to duplicate various things found in nature such as flowers, moss, lichen, and such. The painting is done with fine brushes and artist oils or acrylics. From start to finish, various tools are used to create the pieces. I might start with a chainsaw or heavy grinders on a large piece, then knives, gouges, and sandpaper. However, most of the carving is done with micro grinders similar to what you might find in a dentist office. Various grinding bits of different sizes and shapes are used to create the intricate details of the carvings. A burning tool is used to create detail in the feathers. Finally, the birds are painted with fine brushes and either acrylic or artist oil paints.

I teach at the Sawtooth Center of Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, and the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, both in North Carolina.

I hope you enjoy my work and will check in often to see new birds. Please email me with questions, comments, or requests for custom pieces:
Check out this video.

Tom Wolfe Competition

Internationally known Legendary wood carver Tom Wolfe will be, once again, leading the Tom Wolfe Carving Competition on Saturday and Sunday during the show.

Raffle Table & Door Prizes

*** Door prizes throughout the show and special door prizes for carvers *****

Come to our raffle table! There will be over 70 items on display and ready to be won. The raffle table will also feature a silent auction with items from the John C Campbell School and a project carved by the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club.

Raffle Ticket Prices:
$1.00 for Ticket
$5.00 for Tickets
$10.00 for 15 Tickets
Best Deal Going:
$20.00 for 40 Tickets

The Hungry Carver

Come and Meet the Hungry Carver. You’ll find him at our show close to the Raffle table. If you see him, please feed him some money. The hungry carver keeps a bit of it to feed himself and the rest he donates to the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club so they can continue to bring the ‘Showcase of Woodcarvings’ to the public. The hungry carver was carved by Tom Wolfe and donated to the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club.

Show Flyer/Postcard

Download our Postcard. Spread the word: Front Back

Accommodations/Area Attractions

There are too hotels that will provide discounts if you mention our show:

1.  Wingate by Wyndham,  6050 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte NC 28217
Show rate $ 75 plus tax
Phone: 704-523-3366


2.  Comfort Suites,  10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC28134,
Show rate is $ 74 plus Tax
Phone: 704-540-0069


For area attractions, please visit these websites: , and

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please call us at: (704) 529-1748 or