President's Blog


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.

Hello Fellow Woodcarvers

Summer is about to wind down and hopefully everyone has had to formulate and idea to carve for our show theme-Americana. The theme is open to numerous interpretations and we look forward to seeing the various creative carvings that are sure to be entered.

For those that did not have an opportunity to carve at Wildacres I hope you get the chance in the future. For those that did go, we had a great time carving, good fellowship, good food and beautiful mountain vistas. Both instructors for the week, Ron Dowdy and Tom Gow, did a super job.

Congratulations Vic Hood

Congratulations Vic Hood, Best of Show winner in the 2022 Showcase of Woodcarvers, Charlotte, NC. Vic Hood Girl Under the Moon

Congratulations Tim Huffman

Congratulations Tim Huffman for carving Best of Novice in the 2022 Showcase of Woodcarvings, Charlotte, NC.

Carve in Charlotte

We meet every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Cathcart Center on the grounds of Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road Charlotte, NC 28226.

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