With the new year comes a new schedule of woodcarving shows and events. Here are the shows currently scheduled for 2022:
“2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events”
February 2-5 – Ashland, Nebraska. Nebraska Carving Retreat at Mahoney State Park. Three or four-day classes. Email Roger Nadrchal at Wood_chips@yahoo.com. Visit website: http://www.nebraskacarvingret reat.com.
February 5 – Sebring, Florida Highlands Woodcarvers’ Artistry in Woodcarving at Sebring Recreation Club, 333 Pomegranate Ave. Hours: 10 to 3. Admission: $3. Call Charlie Portes (518) 744-3830 or Bob Seybolt (863) 471-6077. Or email Highlandswoodcarvers@gmail.com.
February 10-21 – Tampa, Florida. Woodcarving show/competiton at Florida State Fair. Brenda Gregory (813) 734-2810; brenda.gregory@floridastat efair.com.
February 22-25 – North Port, Fla. Florida Woodcarvers Roundup at VFW Post #8203, 4860 Trott Cir.; 8:30 to 4:30. Multiple classes. Contact: Jim O’Dea (941) 697-2002; email@example.com. jeodea.wixsite.com/my-site-1
February 22 – March 5 – Anchorage, Alaska. Artistry in Wood #18 at Midtown Mall. Email: Bnelsen68@gmail.com; call (907) 240-3840.
February 26-27 – Mesa, Arizona. 32nd Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 N. Center Street. Email Mark Mosher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 5-6 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa . Cedar Valley Woodcarvers show/competition at National Czech and Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Pl, SW. Hours: 10-4. Don Lund (319) 683-2864; email@example.com
March 12–13 – Millersville, Pa. Lancaster County Woodcarvers Show and Wildlife Art Festival at Millersville University Student Memorial Center, 101 Shenks Ln. 10am-6pm Sat., 10am-4pm Sun. $5 adm. Children under 15 (with adult), students (with ID), and veterans (with ID) free. Contact Bob Hershey (717) 951-5569, firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 26-27 – Rochester, Minn. Rochester Woodcarvers 46th show at 4-H Building, Olmsted County 08 Aune Dr. SE; 10-4. Free admission. Call (507) 254-5445; email rochcar ve@gmail. com. www.rochesterwoodcarvers.com
March 26-27 – Mound, Minnesota . Snow Daze Carvin g at American Legion Post 398, 2333 Wilshire Boulevard. Email: mnCarvers@MinnesotaWoodCarvers.com.
April 1-3 – Charlotte, NC. 39th annual Showcase of Woodcarvings at Central Piedmont Community College. http://www.charlottewoodcarvers.com/showcase for details including a discount on hotel accommodations.
April 23 – Westby, Wisconsin. Carve In 6@ Bekkum Memorial Library, 206 N. Main St., 10am to 4pm. Free admission. Contact John Sutton (608) 634-4396, email@example.com; or Bekkum Library (608) 634-4419.
May 7 – Inverness, FL. Nature Coast Carving Club of Citrus Co. show and sale. at 6298 E. Gospel Island Road, Admission $2, Open 9 am-3 pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7–8 – Mountain Home, Ark. North Arkansas Woodcarvers’ show/sale at Baxt er Count y Fairgrounds. Sat 10-5; Sun 10 -4. Free admission. Contact: Sandy (870) 431-8070; webmaster @northarkansaswoodcarvers.org. Visit website: http://www.northarkansaswoodcarvers.org.
May 7–8 – Missoula, Mont. Montana State Woodcarvers show & sale (actual and virtual) at Missoula County Fairgrounds. $4 admission. Sat: 9 -3 ; Sun: 11-5. Tom Collins (406) 529-0239; email@example.com.
May 21-22 – Sacramento, Calif. Capital Woodcarvers host 50th show at Scottish Rite Center, 6151H St. Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. Alison Cook (916) 485-7893; crystal53@hotmai l.com.
June 11-18 – Maquoketa, Iowa. The Affiliated Wood Carvers present 54th International Woodcarvers Congress at Jackson County Fairgrounds. Website: woodcarverscongress.org.
July 9-15 – Creede, Colorado. Creede Woodcarvers Rendez vous. Register online at www.creedewoodcarvers.com.
July 17-21 – Honesdale, Pa. 20th Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup at Cherry Ridge Campsite. Free admission; cost for materials. Robert Muller (570) 470-2736; firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.cherryridgecarvers.org.
July 24-30 – Crete, Nebraska. Doane Woodcarving Experience at Doane University. Instruction, dorm accommodations, cafeteria meals. Contact Rohn Collins (402) 880-6721; email email@example.com. Web: www.thedoaneexperience.com.
September 3-4 – Wheeling, West Virginia. 43rd annual Oglebay Woodcarvers Show in Pine Room at Oglebay Park. Free admission. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.oglebaywoodcarvers.com.
September 23-25 – Honesdale , Pa. 18th Fall Carve In at Cherry Ridge Campsite. No admission fee; cost for materials. Robert M uller (570) 470-2736; email@example.com. Website: www.cherryridgecarvers.org.
October 22-23 – Wayne, New Jersey. North Jersey Wood Carvers present 36th annual Woodcarving, Arts & Crafts Show at Wayne P.A.L. Call Jerry Cetrulo (973) 835-8555.
October 29-30 – East Berlin, PA. Conewago Carvers Woodcarving and Art Show and Sale at East Berlin Community Center. 9 am-4 pm Sat. & Sun. Contact: Doug Gabel, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kyle Gabel, email: email@example.com.
Questions & Comments
I received a very nice comment from Will V. this regarding The Story of Jilly Gnomette who said:
“Love the story. Very appropriate at this time. Thank you for sharing. Will V.”
Thank you for your kind comment, Will. It is much appreciated. I had hoped my readers would enjoy the story.
Our first question this week comes from Todd Martin of Huntington, Indiana. Todd, like many others has trouble properly placing hats on top of heads and has sent in two photos as an example.
Thanks for your previous critiques, and for the blog in general!
I have another carving for critique as well as a related question:
I typically avoid putting hats on my carvings because they never turn out quite right, so I decided to practice. This is my most recent attempt, and I’d appreciate any critique / advice.
For the question, perhaps in an upcoming issue you could discuss setting up hats (especially baseball hats and / or cowboy hats). For me, it seems to be an issue of proportion. I try to situate the head in the hat, but the hat usually ends up too small.
Thanks for your message, Todd! It’s always good to hear from you and I appreciate the contribution of your photos. Actually, the hat doesn’t look too bad but I can help you with a couple of things, and the topic of placing hats on heads is excellent. Many carvers struggle with that.
I have discussed the subject in the past but I think it’s worth repeating, so perhaps next week I’ll revisit it.
The problem that most carvers have is that they either carve the hat too small for the head or don’t carve it low enough down onto the head.
When placing a hat on a head, regardless of what type of hat it is, it is import ant to make sure the head fits inside the crown of the head. The way to insure this is being done is to carve the hat so that it comes down to the top (or slightly lower) of the ears.
The front of the hat is pulled down over the forehead (Fig. 1). The side view (Fig. 2) shows how the hat is seated slightly below the top of the ear. Also notice that the crown of a baseball cap wraps all the way around the front of the hat and ends almost at the ear on both sides. The back view shows that the hat is pulled down to a point approximately half way down the ears (Fig. 3).
Notice the same principles hold true when placing a cowboy hat. The head fits within the crown of the hat and the hat is pulled down over the forehead and down to the ears (Fig. 4).
Keep these guidelines in mind whenever you’re carving a hat and you should see a big improvement in the appearance of your carvings.
“Carver’s Corner” is the section where you can send in photos of your carvings to have them critiqued by me and get my truthful opinions on what you did right and where you might improve next time. It’s an excellent opportunity to improve your carving skills! Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week in the “Carver’s Corner” we have a terrific carving of a Marine soldier carved by Rex Reitmayer. Rex has asked for some of my thoughts on it.
Please critique. Hopelessly Addicted to Wood Carving
Excellent job, Rex! I really like this one. You’ve added a high level of detail, and the paintjob and color choices appear to be quite accurate. As I tell most carvers, go lighter with your coats of paint. Thin your paints more with water and add several coats to build up the color. So many carvers are guilty of this, including myself sometimes. I feel that the eyes are too bright and have a scared appearance. I never use pure white on my eyes. Always use some kind of an off white to tone down the color of the eyeballs. To get rid of the scared look, paint the pupils larger. I think you can still do that and you will see a big difference.
Lastly, there is one piece of detail which many carvers fail to observe that you have inaccurate, and that is the way the shirt closes over his chest. You have the right side of the shirt overlapping the left side, as in a woman’s shirt. A man’s shirt has the left side overlapping the right side. A minor detail which almost no one will notice, but something to keep in mind for accuracy in the future.
Overall, a very fine carving. Nice work.
Our next entry for the “Carvers’ Corner” this week comes from Wayne Arrowsmith with photos of some magnificent Santas he would like me to critique. Wayne says:
"This pattern was in a WCI issue about 10 years ago. A few adaptations were made with the hat and painting."
I looked carefully at your carvings, Wayne, and hope I don't disappoint you here, but I can't really give them much of a critique because they are so well done. I don't see anything particularly wrong with them. The carving is excellent, and I like the way you changed the hats to make each one different. The painting is also exemplary, especially in the way you embellished the carvings with unique designs. Your color choices are excellent to. Normally, I tell most carvers to go lighter on the paint but not so in this case. I like the deep dark colors, and personally, I tend to go heavier with the paint on my Christmas carvings. I just feel that they look brighter and more cheerful that way.
Although they look perfectly fine, I might have tried to add more “body” to the beards and mustaches by using more “S” and “C” type cuts, but that’s about it. Overall the carvings look happy and jolly, the way Santas should look. Great work! I hope to see more of your carvings in the future.
“Photo Shop” is the section of Wood Chip Chatter where carvers can send in photos of their wood carvings for display. It’s your chance to show off your work…sort of a show and tell. The photos will only be displayed and no comments or critiques will be made. For critiques on your carvings send them in to the “Carver’s Corner.” Send your photos to email@example.com.
My good friend Tony Harris of Tennessee sent me some photos of two Santas he carved from Phil Bishop roughouts:
Magnificent work as always, Tony!
Dianne Walker also sent in some photos of the carvings she has done lately:
Great carvings, Dianne! I really like your “Angry Bird”, and the bird on top of the Gnome’s hat is a cute touch!
Thank you so much, Tony and Dianne, for sharing your photos with everyone. I really appreciate your contributions!
News & Announcements
The International Association of Woodcarvers has upcoming Zoom meetings on the following Saturdays at 3PM EST with special guest presenters. Check them out…
2/12 – Tom Wilkinson
2/19 – Kevin Applegate
2/26 – Dave Francis
3/5 – Rich Schneider
3/12 – Roger Beane
4/9 – Ray Meyer
4/16 – Steve Tomashek
4/23 – Joe You
4/30 – Chris Hammack
5/7 – Brett Andrews
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WOOD CHIP CHATTER NEEDS YOUR PHOTOS!!!
I’m sure you all have some terrific carvings to share in my “Photo Shop” section. Photos of your carvings help to liven up the blog’s appearance and make it more interesting. Also, my “Carver’s Corner” is a great way to get constructive critiques on your carvings so you can learn where to improve on your next ones. When sending in photos please specify whether you want them for display in “Photo Shop” or if you want me to critique them in the “Carver’s Corner.” Send your photos in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Send in your questions and comments so we can keep Wood Chip Chatter active and keep the conversations going! Effective discussions are one of the best ways to learn about the topics that interest you. Remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Plus we would all love to learn about the unique tips, techniques and products YOU use in your woodcarving process. Send your questions and comments to email@example.com. Thanks!
Keep a sharp edge and keep on carvin’!
The Funny Bone
An old Scottish woman went to the local newspaper office to publish the obituary for her recently deceased husband.
The obit editor informed her that there is a charge of 50 cents per word.
She paused, reflected, and then said, “Well then, let it read, “Angus MacPherson died.”
Amused at the woman’s thrift, the editor told her that there is a seven word minimum for all obituaries.
She thought it over and in a few seconds said, “In that case, let it read…
“Angus MacPherson died. Golf clubs for sale.”