Hello Carvers

As I write this newsletter the TV is warning of heavy rain and flooding. The temperature has fallen 20 degrees to 74 degrees. Tomorrow, kids are starting school and on Tuesday the parking lot at carving will be full. Hopefully, the long hot summer is over, and September will be starting.

September means business at the club will return after taking a break for July and August and giving us all a chance to recharge our batteries and just carve. So meetings begin again on Tuesday, September 12th with the first Board meeting at 1 pm. Tuesday, September 19th will be the first 2024 Showcase meeting and Tuesday, September 26th will be the first General Membership meeting, and a Show-N-Tel. All meetings will be at 1 pm.

September has Carving classes beginning everywhere with a Shore Bird class locally right in Cathcart for 3 weeks every Tuesday morning from 9 am-11:30 pm taught by Butch Elder and Lee Servatius starting September 26th. A Cottonwood Bark class on September 15th sponsored by Mt. Traditions Woodcarvers Club, in Big Stone Gap, Va. will be attended by Bob Warner, Rocky Paiano, and myself. On October 11, 12 & 13, 3 days of classes, sponsored by Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers, in Sevierville, TN. These classes include Caricatures, Christmas Ornaments, Pyrography, Cottonwood Bark, and Chip Carving,

Show Calendar
September 16 & 17 Mt Traditions Carv-In Big Stone Gap, Va.
October 14 & 15 Smokey Mt. Festival Sevierville, TN
October 20 & 21 Klingspor Extravaganza Hickory, NC
October 21 Catawba Valley Woodcarvers Competition/Exhibit at Klingspor

Finally, on the Calendar everyone knows we are days away on Labor Day Weekend from Matthews Alive, September 2,3,&4. Rocky Paiano is leading this project and has a signup sheet that still has time slots open. Some are working all 3 days and any hours you can help will get those volunteers a chance to get a break.
It was good to see the great work done at Wild Acres by all who attended. It would be even better to see more of the work at our Show-N-Tel at the General Membership Meeting this month. As always, thanks to Rod Gatlin for all he does to make Wild Acres happen every year.
To close we have been carving for 4 weeks at the Bazemore Active Adult Center 500 W. Jefferson Street, Monroe, NC 28112. The attendance has doubled to 8 carvers, and we have attracted a number of Seniors every week to come to watch what we are doing. The Center has offered shelving to display our carvings and has begun to let all area carvers join in on Fridays from 9 am-noon.
Keep carving,
Bob Gerbe,
President. Charlotte Woodcarvers Club