Feb 20th – 21st, 2016

Feb 19th is for carver registration. Please get our brochure below for more information

The Largest Woodcarvings Show in the Southeast

Show Theme: Fairy Tales



Welcome to The Charlotte Woodcarvers Showcase of Woodcarvings 2016 – 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



Dates & Times

Come to View

Carvings Exhibit Hours: 

Sat, 20th 12:00 – 4 p.m. **
Sun, 21st 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, 20th 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Sun, 21st 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
****** There will be carvings for sale ********


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.



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 21
10am – Tom Gow – Bark Carving
11am –  N/A yet
2pm –   N/A yet

Sunday, February 22
10am – Bob Stadtlander – Relief Carving
11am –  Mac Proffitt – Knife/Gouge Sharpening for Carvers
2pm –   N/A yet
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 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.

Mac Proffitt learned to carve while living on an island in the South Pacific. He now owns and operates Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply in Townsend, TN. Mac has been teaching various levels of woodcarving for over 15 years at locations including Montgomery, AL; the University of Tennessee; and at the Folk School since 2005. He has won numerous ribbons over the years and judges woodcarving competitions throughout the South
Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-two years as a teacher in the public and private sectors, as the author of six 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-four 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 seven states has judged in more than one city. She has also judged competitions in Canada.

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

Show Postcard/Show Poster

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Accommodations/Area Attractions

Comfort Suites
10415 Centrum Parkway
Pineville, NC 28134 (704) 540-0069
Discount rate of $79/night  for the ShowCase guests

Comfort Inn – Executive Park
5822 Westpark Dr
Charlotte,NC 28217  (704)525-262
Discount rate of $65/night


Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
5840 Westpark Dr
Charlotte,NC 28217 (704)529-7500
Discount rate: $70/night

For area attractions, please visit these websites:

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

Contact Information

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