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President's Blog

Happy New Year


The New Year is a time to reflect, reflect upon what happened this past year. 2020 began with Al Wheeler writing “The year 2020 promises to be a busy and exciting time for the Club. We have about 7 weeks left before our Show begins. …” He was right, for the first two months. We had a great 38th Showcase of Woodcarvings. And then we had Carol Leavy stay after the show to teach carving Santas. Then it was if everything stopped. The state closed down, which closed our carving together.
Marcy Chirdon and the new board took office April 1, however that didn’t last long either. With the forced retirement of her husband, Marcy moved from Charlotte to New York to be closer to her two sons and their families. That is when I stepped into the position of president.

Merry Christmas


Meteorological winter began on December 1st. The winder solstice is on December 20. But most important, we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25. I trust you and your family will have a great December and Christmas. Some of you may be looking for a new knife to improve your carving. Or maybe a book to give new light on your technique. Whatever it is, I hope you get it, and it is all that you hoped for. But most of all, I hope you have peace with Jesus Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving

November is loosing its importance. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, we are increasing Halloween and diminishing Thanksgiving. We tend to forget the sacrifice and bravery those few who sailed in small ships to an unknown land. We forget that they lost half, 50%, of their companions before they left the Mayflower. And what for? For freedom to worship as their conscience dictated. As you enter Plymouth, MA, the sign reads “Welcome to America’s Home Town”.
We have much to be thankful for.

Due to the times, the board thought it prudent to continue in 2021 with the with our current officers, and skip the election this year. As such, the board voted unanimously to pass a motion to that effect. The current officers are:

Happy Halloween

October is such a great month; cooler weather, leaves changing, last month of daylight savings time, and, of course, carving. Just a reminder, we are carving on Tuesdays from 9am to 7pm in the Cathcart center. So come, bring your mask, and join us.
The big thing for our club of course, is the 2021 Showcase of Woodcarvings. Hopefully you all know by now, but the dates have been changed to June 25-27, 2021. This has been under constant review since April when we realized that we might not be able to have the 2021 Showcase. Thanks to Lisa Murphy-Stafford and the showcase committee, we believe we have a plan that will work.
Furthermore, the theme has been changed to Anything Tom Wolfe. This change was made to memorialize the recent passing of Tom. He published more than fifty (50) books in his lifetime, so there are plenty of patterns to chose from. While caricatures is not my forte, I am looking forward to choosing and carving one one of Tom’s.

Happy Vernal Equinox


I hope this finds you well and enjoying the blessings of life.
Well, it is my honor to fill Marcy’s shoes as president. I have carved with her for several years, and served on the board for one and a half. As you know, she is very personable, and interesting to talk to. We will miss you Marcy, but wish you the best retirement ever. I know I have been enjoying mine for seven (7) years.
So you might ask, who is this Neil McGuire? I worked in the Christian school movement for 38 years as a teacher, principal, and then a book salesman. After retirement I took the time to get involved in wood craft. I joined the club in 2016, and have enjoyed carving and fellowshipping with you carvers. What a diverse and interesting group we are.

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.

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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