Feb 20th – 22nd, 2015
The Largest Woodcarvings Show in the Southeast
Show Theme: The Circus
Come to View
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 ********
Seminar Schedule – Time details will be posted closer to the event date
Saturday, February 22
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
Klockit’s Annual Clockmaker Contest 2013
First Place: Editor’s Choice in Boxes and Smalls category, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Excellence Awards 2013
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 Carvingvideos.com 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:
504 Fox Trail Lane
Lexington, SC 29073
E-mail = firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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