Showcase of Woodcarvings

Feb 18th – 19th, 2017

Feb 17th is for carver registration. Please get our brochure below for more information

The Largest Woodcarvings Show in the Southeast

Show Theme: Mascots & Icons

Welcome

Welcome to The Charlotte Woodcarvers Showcase of Woodcarvings 2017 – the largest Woodcarving Show/Competition in the Southeast. Our event is a competition of over 800 carvings entered by over 120 carvers from 15 states.

COMPETITION. There are 3 levels of competition: Novice (green tablecloths), Intermediate (blue tablecloths), and Open (burgundy tablecloths). Within each level, there are over 30 categories, such as Ducks, Human Figures, etc – and then within each category there is “natural” and “painted” subcategories – totaling over 180 subcategories to be judged.

CARVINGS and CARVING SUPPLIES FOR SALE. There will be hundreds of Carvings for sale by Exhibitors – all carved by the Carver. Some carvings – usually identified by the carvers’ business card – will be for sale as well. Check with a Charlotte Woodcarver if you have questions on this. Vendors will have tools and supplies for sale.

FREE LESSONS FOR NEW CARVERS. Charlotte Woodcarvers will have a table for new carvers – join the Club and get 8 WEEKS of free lessons. We can teach you to carve. We will assist you in purchasing supplies from Vendors at the Show

Enjoy 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.

 

Show Brochure & Club Membership

GET THE SHOW BROCHURE HERE

GET THE CLUB’S MEMBERSHIP BROCHURE HERE

Dates & Times


Come to View


Carvings Exhibit Hours: 
Sat, 18th 12:00 – 4 p.m. **
Sun, 19th 10:00 – 4 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, 18th 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun, 19th 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
****** There will be carvings for sale ********

Location

Location is: Marion Diehl Rec Center or 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC

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.

BOB STADTLANDER
BOB STADTLANDER
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.

RON DOWDY
Ron has been a carver for many years and has won ribbons at our show. He recently was elected to be a member of the Caricature Carvers of America.

BILL JOHNSON
BILL JOHNSON

At an early age, growing up in Iowa, Bill loved to make things. He spent hours in the basement building and painting model cars and ships. At about 10 years old, he and his best friend and neighbor, Dave Merrill, built their first Soap Box Derby together. A few years later, an uncle gave Bill a rifle that was in need of being refinished. After getting advice from a local gunsmith, and a cabinetmaker, he dismantled the gun and refinished the stock. It turned out so nice, he didn’t want to hunt with it.  “It might get scratched! Around the same time, In 7th grade, Bill won an award in a Junior Scholastic Art Contest with a still life pencil sketch he had done. It seems, he was destined to be an artist and a maker of things.  When it was time to choose a career, as a matter of fact, architecture was one of his top two final choices.

Although he ultimately chose a career in healthcare, he still preferred to retreat to his shop whenever possible. Throughout most of his 40 year career as a hospital pharmacist, consultant, software developer, sales exec, instructor, and clinical specialist for a major healthcare information provider, Bill spent evenings and weekends making gifts, boxes, picture frames, household items (paper towel and napkin holders, knife blocks, etc.), and eventually furniture. Furniture making is still among his favorite activities. And while traveling on business (which was frequent for about 30 of those years) he read and learned everything he could about woodworking and carving, subscribing to at least 6 or 7 different publications simultaneously.

Speaking of carving, Bill had admired many of the carvings he saw at craft fairs and in shops and galleries over the years, but he had never developed a serious interest in trying it himself – until he saw a demonstration of Chip Carving and what the artisans were producing. This unique style of carving offered everything he loved about woodworking; the inherent beauty of wood, perfect symmetry, close-in precise work, unlimited artistic design options, and an eye-popping final product.  He was hooked!  But it would be a few years before he could pursue the training necessary to become an accomplished chip carver himself. Bill finally had an opportunity to learn the craft from Wayne Barton, the Country’s preeminent chip carving artist and instructor. Over a period of about six years, Bill took 3 formal training classes from Barton, ending in a 6-day advanced class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

He continued to study the craft by gathering and applying additional information through publications and direct interaction with other accomplished chip carvers.  It wasn’t long before he was spending less time on furniture making and other forms of woodworking and more time on Chip Carving.

JIM CARPENTER

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.

DAVE STETSON

Dave Stetson has always been an artist. Getting caught daydreaming and drawing during classes at an early age didn’t impress either his parents or his teachers. He did however impress the principal of his grammar school, having incised his initials in his 4th grade desk with the pocket knife he wasn’t supposed to take to school. He impressed the principal so much that he was given a one man show. Everyday at lunch and recess for 2 weeks, young David sat at his desk in the hallway in front of the principal’s office, demonstrating the art of furniture refinishing.

His love for woodcarving changed focus later in his life. No longer interested in relief carving, Dave explored the relm of human figure carving. He incorporated form and balance, anatomy and structure to develop a unique form of caricature carving. Dave’s caricature is based on realism by exaggeration. In order to create good caricature, one must understand the realistic anatomical order of the human body. And Dave does create wonderful caricature. Not only is he a master of the knife, he has a unique ability to find the sense of humor in life, recreating it in his art. He has been carving since the early 1980’s and teaching his form of exaggerated realism since 1984. He is a co-creator and founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America. His woodcarvings have won best of shows and first place ribbons too numerous to count. His carvings are prized by collectors all over the country and internationally

STEVE BROWN
STEVE BROWN

Steve, a native of Madisonville, KY. and now resides in Freeport, Fl,  began carving in 1977. Specializing in caricature carving, he has won numerous national and international awards. Steve is one of America’s most respected caricature carvers and instructors.  Steve offers private lessons, conducts several seminars annually and is the author of Carving Pen Figures and Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes. Steve is the organizer and manager of the Renegade Woodcarvers Roundup and manager of the War Eagle Seminar.

 

ROD GATLIN - REFEREE
ROD GATLIN - REFEREE
MITCH CARTLEDGE - REFEREE
MITCH CARTLEDGE - REFEREE
BILL DOMINICK - REFEREE
BILL DOMINICK - REFEREE

Seminars

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.

Saturday, February 18
10am- Desire Hajny (Carving a Daisy on a Pendant)
11am-Tom Gow (Harvesting & Carving Bark Wood)
2pm-  Michele Parsons (Pyrography-Woodburning Basics)

Sunday, February 19
10am-Bob Stadtlander (Relief Carving)
11am- Mitch Cartledge (Caricature)
2pm- Open
BOB STADTLANDER
BOB STADTLANDERClass: Relief Carving Basics
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.

TOM GOW
TOM GOWClass: Harvesting & Carving in Cottonwood

I have been carving since 1991 when I entered my first piece in a wood carving show and won a blue ribbon in the novice division.  I carved my first piece in cottonwood bark five years ago and have been “hooked” on bark carving ever since.  The feature of carving in cottonwood bark I like the most is that every piece of bark has a different shape.  I wait for the dominant ridges and features to speak to me to figure out what is hiding in the bark, waiting to be released.  Each completed piece is an original, having personalitiy of it’s own.

I have taken classes from many of the national traveling instructors, and have attended The International Woodcarvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa.  In addition to winning many blue ribbons, I have won Best of Open Division, Carver’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Best of Group Awards, Judge’s Merit Award, Creativity Award, Second Best of Show, and Best of Show. I have been teaching bark carving classes for nine years and teach annually at The International Wood Carver’s Congress and the The John C. Campbell Folk School.

MICHELE PARSONS
MICHELE PARSONSClass: Pyrography Basics

Michele is a frequent author for Pyrography Magazine and taught pyrography classes at the 2015 Fox Chapel Publishing Open House in Pennsylvania, as well as the 2015 Southeastern Woodcarving School in Alabama. Michele will be teaching pyrography classes at the 2016 International Woodcarving Congress in Maquoketa, IA this summer, as well as the 2016 Fox Chapel Open House, 2016 Southeastern Woodcarving School, Smokey Mountain Woodcarving School, and many local venues.

Michele Parsons started Parsons Wood Artistry after a lengthy and successful career in the corporate world. Michele earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Carolina University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Graphic Design and Biology. She then worked over the next 31 years for the healthcare and IT training industries as a Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Director of Content Development. Michele spent the last eleven years woodcarving, creating pyrography, teaching and studying under renowned instructors. She also founded the North Carolina Woodcarving Association while she was living in Raleigh, NC.

MITCH CARTLEDGE
MITCH CARTLEDGEClass: Caricature
Mitchell resides in Morganton, NC with his wife Page.  Mitchell works in the textile industry as a development manager for a company in South Carolina.

“I began carving in the early 1980s out of necessity.  Carving was a frugal way to provide a gift for my sister”, Mitchell said.

Although he has not carved continuously since his first carving experience, a meeting with CCA member and author Tom Wolfe rekindled that desire to create in wood.  Mitchell has since taken classes with a number of CCA members including Pete LeClair, Peter Ortel, Desiree Hajny, Gary Falin, and Harold Enlow.

Memberships include The National Wood Carvers Association, Charlotte Wood Carvers Club, The Catawba Valley Wood Carvers Club, and the Artisans Guild of N.C.  Mitchell’s caricature chess set was featured on the cover of the fall 2008 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.  Mitchell is also a moderator on the Woodcarving Illustratedmessage board; www.WoodcarvingIllustrated.com/forum.

For Mitchell, carving has provided more than an outlet for his creativity.  Mitchell feels the biggest reward has been the friendships made with others that share his interest in the art of woodcarving.  Mitchell enjoys mentoring others by building upon the student’s talents and interests. 

DESIRE HAJNY
DESIRE HAJNYClass:Carving a Daisy on a Pendant

Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-six years as a teacher in the public and private sectors, as the author of eight books and contributor to seven others, and contributing editor to several periodicals in the United States and Europe. Desiree has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985. Desiree’s beautiful and ornate carvings can be found nationally as well as internationally. In art competitions she has garnered twenty-five best-of-show honors, over one hundred fifty first place awards, and eighteen people’s choice awards. She continues to teach seminars throughout the United States and Canada, and in 1997 was asked to travel to Germany to consult on a book on carving a wolf. She has instructed seminars in thirty four states and three Canadian provinces. In seventeen of these states she has taught in more than one city. Desiree has served as judge in competitions in seventeen states and in eight states has judged in more than one city. She has also judged competitions in Canada. Commissions include Disney Animal Kingdom and the National Forest Products Association. Desiree was a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America and the first female. In April of 2003 Desiree was the third recipient of the Wood Carving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year award which is presented annually to national and international carvers. Plans for 2016 include trips to  Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, Kansas, & Missouri.

Competition Prizes/Awards


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Tom Wolfe Competition

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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 *****

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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 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

Show Postcard/Show Poster

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Vendors

Here is a list of some of the vendors that will be at our show:

Steve Brown(Carver)
Terri Brasher (Carver)
Mitch Cartledge(Carver)
John C. Campbell Folk School
Ron Dowdy (Carver)
John Dunkle(Knives)
Desiree Hajny(Carver)
Bill Johnson (Marine Carver)
Bill Moloney(Fan Birds)
Tony Mullis(Leather/knives)
Peter Ortel (Carver)
Charles Simpson (Knives)
Arnold Smith (Carver)
Michele Parsons (Wood Burning)
Smokey Mountain (Supplies)
Allen Goodman (Carver)
Bob Stadtlander (Relief Carving/Tools)
Wilcox (Wood)
Dyland Goodson(Carver)
Jim Spencer
Tom Wolfe(Carver)
Dave Stetson (Carver)
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club
Mountain Tradition Woodcarvers

Accommodations/Area Attractions

Wingate by Wyndham I-77 & Tyvola
Charlotte Airport South
6050 Tyvola Glen Circle
Charlotte, NC 28217
Discount rate of $79/night for the ShowCase guests

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For area attractions, please visit these websites:

 www.visitcharlotte.com , www.charlottesgotalot.com and www.festivalnews.info.

Food Vendor

Our show will feature a food vendor that will be located outside Marion Dhiel. The food vendor is: ROMAN’S DELICIOUS DOGS AND CATERING.

Here is their menu. There are also restaurants around the area.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, please call us at: (704) 529-1748 or info@charlottewoodcarvers.com