Showcase of Woodcarvings

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


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Welcome

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

GET THE SHOW BROCHURE HERE

GET THE CLUB’S MEMBERSHIP BROCHURE HERE

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

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.

PETER ORTEL
PETER ORTEL
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.

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.

LEAH GODDARD
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.

DESIREE HAJNY
DESIREE HAJNY
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.

LILA GILMER
LILA GILMER
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.
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.

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. https://vimeo.com/61159358
jim.carpenter@carolinacarvings.com

DWAYNE GOSNELL
Dwayne lives in Hickory North Carolina with his daughter Payton working full-time as a local Deputy. Carving is a release from the high stress job. He began his carving journey after buying a carving knife and gouge from a local supplier. From the moment knife hit wood he was hooked. Soon after carving he went to a local club meeting and met Mitch Cartledge. He and Mitch carved over a year once a week. These lessons laid the foundation to create proportions and expressions in caricature carving. Dwayne has won numerous awards in competitions on the East Coast however when asked he will tell you his greatest achievement is the friends he is found along the way….
Dwayne is available for private classes and small group lessons in Hickory North Carolina he also travels when scheduling is available. He currently has three rough-outs available for purchase
dagwood_76@yahoo.com
828-514-1567

MICHELE PARSONS
MICHELE PARSONS
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.

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 20
10am-Tom Gow (Bark Carving)
11am-Mitch Cartledge (Carving Caricatures with Mitch)
2pm-Desiree Hajny (Art in Your Carvings)

Sunday, February 21
10am-Bob Stadtlander (Relief Carving)
11am-Mac Proffitt (Knife/Gouge Sharpening for Carvers)
2pm-Michele Parsons (Pyrography-Woodburning Basics)
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.

TOM GOW
TOM GOW

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
MAC PROFFITT
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
DESIREE HAJNY
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.
MICHELE PARSONS
MICHELE PARSONS
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 CARTLEDGE
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.

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 ofWoodcarving 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.

Show Schedule

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Competition Prizes/Awards



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 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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Vendors

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

Mitch & Page Cartledge(Caricatures)
John C Campbell School
Lynn Doughty (Carving)
Leah Goddard(Wood Sculptor)
Allen Goodman(Knife Maker)
Dyland Goodson(Carver)
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)
Ron Dowdy (Carver)
Bob Stadtlander (Relief Carving/Tools)
Wilcox (Wood)
Dan Gallagher
Jim Spencer
Tom Wolfe(Carver)
Mountain Traditions Woodcarvings
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club

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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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
Comfort Inn Executive Park Charlotte

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

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