Greetings Fellow Woodcarvers
The warmer months have arrived and it’s time to get out of doors and enjoy some of the best mother nature has to offer. With the rains we have been experiencing it’s also a great time to relax with a sharp knife and a piece of wood to create something. Remember, our Show is only 9 months away and it’s never too early to plan your next carving(s). One carving club already has 200 entries ready for next year.
April started off busy with the new carvers finishing up their carving instructions. On April 20, 2019 several members of our club assisted local Boy Scouts to earn their Woodcarving Merit Badge. Many thanks to the club members that helped with the preparation and to those who participated in the carving instruction. We certainly enjoyed having the scouts and I hope we can continue to work with them in the future.
On May 18, 2019 we will once again be demonstrating woodcarving at the Matthews Farmer’s Market. This has always been a “fun” activity for our club members and usually generates a lot of questions and interest from the public.
On July 9, 2019 we will have our annual summer picnic at Carmel Church at 5:30. The club will provide the meat and dessert and we ask our members to bring a side dish to feed their guests and 2 others. Please bring your carvings to show and if you have any items to donate for a raffle let me know ASAP.
In August we will be visiting Wildacres for a week of carving instruction, fellowship, beautiful scenery and good food. If you have any interest in attending this event, either now or in the future and you would like additional information, please contact Rod Gatlin.
Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful!
Joshua J. Marine
President Charlotte Woodcarvers Club
Greetings Fellow WoodcarversThe Charlotte Woodcarvers Club official year began April 1, 2019 and will end March 31, 2020. The change in date was made last year in order to have adequate time after our carving show to reconcile the show income and expenses. I am thrilled to report that the Club had a profit slightly over $2,100. This is a remarkable success story considering our change in venue and all of the higher costs associated with the new location. This was only made possible by the hard work and extraordinary effort made by the Show Committee and Club members to bring the Show to fruition.
Greetings Fellow CarversWell the Show is over and I think all will agree that it was a tremendous success. Many thanks for a job well done to all who helped bring this Show to fruition. We could not have such a quality Show without the help and support of the club members and their friends and family who worked so tirelessly to make our Show successful. All of the feedback from carvers, vendors and the general public were positive concerning the change in venue this year and the quality of the carvings presented. Work has already begun to make next year’s Show even better. We had 140 carvers from 13 different states and Canada with 803 carvings. Is it possible that next year we could have over 150 carvers and 1,000 carvings? We’ll see.
Happy New Year Everyone!I hope you all have had a good holiday and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. Now that the holiday season is over it is time to direct our attention to our wood carving show. First, I would encourage you to register for the Show and at the same time, pay dues for 2019. Second, it’s time to get your carvings ready for the Show. Finally, please volunteer to help. We need your time and talents to make this project a success.
Bob Warner has been selling raffle tickets and he is encouraging everyone to buy early and often. Bubba Mullis is selling the John C. Campbell raffle tickets. I would like to see each member buy/sell at least 5 tickets. The John C. Campbell Folk School has been around for over 90 years teaching folk arts and crafts. There is something at the school for everyone. If you ever wanted to start a hobby or improve your skills, this is the place to do it. No matter what your interests are they will probably have a class with outstanding instructors.
The year is rapidly coming to a close and before we know it, it will time for the Show. I hope everyone is working on their Show entries and planning a carving for the theme as well. I know there are many demands for our time as the holidays approach but please take time to register for the Show and pay your dues for the upcoming year. I know our club treasurer would appreciate as many as possible complete the registration form so he can assign a carver number. Early registration will make his job a lot easier as we approach the Show date.
Our Holiday Party is scheduled for December 4, 2018 at Carmel church. Please mark your calendars accordingly and remember guests are welcome. Anyone having any items to donate for the party, such as carvings, tools, wood and related materials, please contact me before November 25, 2018.
The club still has T-shirts, hats, polo shirts and club badges for sale. Please contact Joe Davis if you are interested in purchasing any club apparel.
Congratulations to our club members who recently participated in the Hickory, NC and the Ohio Artistry in Wood carving shows. The Charlotte Woodcarvers Club was well represented and won numerous ribbons. I am constantly amazed at the creativity and artistry our club members exhibit.
I hope you all have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Your positive action with positive thinking results in success.Al Wheeler