Woodcarving Show to Feature the Art of Woodcarving
For the City Times
STEVENS POINT — The members of the Wisconsin River Woodcarvers are announcing plans for their 18th annual woodcarving show, which is the “The Largest Woodcarving Show in the State of Wisconsin”. The show, competition and sale will be in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn on September 15 and 16.
The featured carver this year is Chet James, of Wisconsin Rapids, who is a member of the Wisconsin River Woodcarvers. James will have a display table at the show and will be available to describe his carvings and his many experiences as a carver. James has always had an interest in woodworking, but in 1965 he followed his fascination with woodcarving.
He first carved ducks and loons, and then caricature carving, acanthus and chip carving, animal and wood-burning, human figures and gourd carving and painting. He has learned the finer details of woodcarving from many skilled and prominent teachers throughout the country. He also has an interest in collecting woodcarving tools.
Prior to the show, on September 10-13 John Engler, of Springfield, Mizz., will be teaching a class in medium relief. Engler has been carving full-time since 1983. Engler’s primary carving style is medium relief and finished in watercolor paint. His work can be found at www.johnenglerwoodcarving.com.
Following the show, on September 18-19, Rich Wetherbee, of Colorado Springs, Col., will be teaching a class in human and animal caricature. Wetherbee started carving at a very young age as he learned from his father who was an excellent carver. Since 1982 he has been carving and sculpting and teaching classes. He is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America.
Ron O’Kray, show chairman, is extremely excited about the woodcarving show this year because it will be as entertaining and educational as past shows. This year will again include about 130 tables of carvings on display, which will include realistic human and caricature carvings, animals, fish and birds, wood-burning, relief, chip carving and much more. Many carvers are local, but the show will attract carvers from the far corners of the country, with other exhibitors coming from Minnesota, Illinois, and as far as Nebraska, Colorado and South Carolina.
The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers show will start on Saturday morning with the carving competition, which includes 32 categories of carvings. These categories include: realistic human, human caricature, animal caricature, caricature group, realistic animals, realistic fish, stylized, game birds, song birds, waterfowl, birds of prey, other birds, chip carving in the round, chip carving flat, low relief carving, deep relief carving, natural finish pyrography, colored pyrography, santas, religious and angels, mythical, walking sticks and canes, floral, miniatures, miscellaneous-golf balls or intarsia, bark carving, unusual wood, gourds, treenware, ornaments, and decoys.
Member entries will be entered by age and/or experience classes including; youth, novice, intermediate and advanced. For anyone attending the show there will be (4) demonstrations plus “Kids Carving” on Saturday. On Sunday there will be (3) demonstrations plus “Kids Carving”. Carving tools, books, and other supplies, as well as carving wood, will be available at the show.
Admission is $4.00 for adults. Those 12 and under are free. The hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. For more information about our show or a recap of previous shows, visit our website at www.wisconsinriverwoodcarvers.org, or call Ron O’Kray at 715-341-2214 or 715-570-2534(cell) or Greg Wirtz at 715-423-0471 or 715-323-2035(cell).