President's Blog
Marcy Chirdon

President’s Message

What a crazy world we are living in at the moment. I hope all of you are staying safe and sheltering in place. Thank goodness we have a great hobby to keep all of us occupied and home during this COVID-19 health emergency. When we are able to meet together again I hope everyone will have some great carvings to share with all of us.
We have a few items and events to look forward to in the future that I would like to share with you. Our first event that is still scheduled to take place is the Matthew’s Farmers Market on May 16th from 8AM to 12PM. Please bring a lawn chair and come to share and promote woodcarving to the public. Enjoy the fellowship with your fellow club members after being isolated for so long. This event will be repeated on October 10 from 8AM-12PM latter in the year. Thanks to Bill Robinson for being in charge of these two outreach events at the Matthew’s Farmers Market.


I hope you all had a safe and happy new year. The year 2020 promises to be a busy and exciting time for the Club. We have about 7 weeks left before our Show begins. Our Show Chairperson, Lisa Stafford-Murphy, is very busy putting the finishing touches on all the activities that are necessary in order to make our Show successful. Lisa cannot do this alone and she needs all of us to step-up and volunteer. Please, if at all possible, plan to participate and help in making this the biggest and finest carving show in the southeast.

The month of December did not allow for many carving sessions considering the Holiday Party, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. I hope those that are still working on carving pieces have had some extra time to complete them. As I have mentioned in the past, don’t wait until the last minute to put the finishing touches on your carvings. It can be stressful frantically working on your carvings the day/night before the judging begins.


As the Holiday Season approaches I hope we all can take time to visit with family, friends and neighbors. Please remember the men and women who protect this great country. We are the home of the free because of the brave. Finally, remember the reason for the season. Let’s all be kind and tolerant towards others.
We have had some very interesting programs presented at the club such as Rod Gatlins’ carved faces, Neil McGuires’ chip carving, Bill Dominics’ painting and Bubba Mullis’ alcohol ink finishing technique. Many thanks to Marcy Chirdon for coordinating the programs. I know she has several more lined up for next year. If you have any ideas for programs you would like to see please contact Marcy through the club website.

Hello Charlotte Woodcarvers;

merry christmasI would to remind all club members that our Holiday Party is scheduled for December 3, 2019. As is customary, we will meet at the Carmel Presbyterian Church at 5:30 and serve dinner at 6:00. We would like for those participating to bring a side dish enough to serve their family and 2 others. The Club will be furnishing the meat and dessert. Please bring whatever carvings you are working on, whether they are completed or not, for display. Finally, if you have any carving related items such as wood, tools, books or carvings that you would like to donate for the Holiday Party door prizes, please get them to me by the end of November.

Greetings Woodcarvers

First, I would like to thank all of the carvers that participated at the Matthews Alive Festival. Every year the festival seems to grow with more and more vendors and activities for young and old alike. Our club is extremely fortunate to have a nice air conditioned room to demonstrate carving and to display our completed projects. The public perception of our work was very favorable and we enjoyed explaining the differences in the various wood and tools that we use for carving. Second, in the future I would like to see more club members participate. I know this is a holiday weekend and we all have commitments but a couple of hours of carving can mean a great deal to the club. This is the only club activity that we actually receive a stipend for doing what we love.

Congratulations David Boone

Congratulations David Boone, Best of Show winner in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Bill Johnson Eagle

Congratulations Vic Hood

Congratulations Vic Hood for carving Best of Show Runner Up in the 2020 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

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