WILMOT — The Wilderness Center Woodcarvers will hold its 34th annual show on Sept. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The event will showcase projects by wood carvers from eight surrounding counties and will include national and international carvers as well. Along with talented carvers, there will be two world-renown chainsaw carvers who will be doing live demonstrations on Saturday from 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
But, there is more to the event than a show. The club decided to take on a unique project that will help children in third-world countries stay healthy.
"A lot of the kids in third-world countries have to use their hands to eat and they get sick because their hands are dirty," said David Chapman who serves as secretary and treasurer of the club. "We decided to make sporks (a combination spoon and fork) out of wood and send to them."
Chapman explained that some of the sporks will be on display at a table during the event and donations will be accepted to help cover shipping costs.
The free, family-oriented event will hold hourly door prize drawings, a raffle and voting for the People's Choice Award for the best of show. Food and drinks also will be available. Visitors to the show will have an opportunity to learn about upcoming beginner wood carving classes that will be offered on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout October at the Wilderness Center located at 9877 Alabama Ave S.W. in Wilmot.
"I came out to a show and talked with people there. They showed me around and I decided that I wanted to do something like this," said Keith Shumaker, president of the Wilderness Center Woodcarvers. "What is really great about starting out is that everyone in the club has their own genre of carving that they excel in. We learn from each other and share ideas. That is how the spork carving idea came up."
Shumaker said that are many different types of wood carving styles and members will give tutorials on the type that they are passionate about.
"It might be chip carving, caricature, animals, three dimensional (sculpture), relief or pyrography (wood burning)," he said. "We explore all different types of wood carving activities and things that are related to wood carving."
No special skills are needed to get started in wood carving and club members will be available throughout the show to answer any questions people may have about the craft.
"All you really need is desire," said Shumaker. "There are some things to learn, like proportions, that don’t necessarily pertain to the wood itself."
To learn more about the event and the club visit www.wildernesscenter.org/event/woodcarving-show or call 330-359-5235.
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