Thursday, September 18, 2014

Conception to Completion by Don McHugh

"Conception to Completion" by Don McHugh

Both Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014 

Times: 1pm – 2pm @ Klingspor’s Woodworking Extravaganza

Don's display will start with reference materials (books, photos, models, roughouts, patterns, etc.) that suggest wood carving subjects (birds, fish, animals, flowers, etc.).  The next step will require identifying the appropriate wood for the subject.  Then the subject is patterned to the wood to produce the roughout.  Don will describe the manual tools or power tools required to refine the roughout, including sanding tools to complete the subject before applying a finish (paint, stain, wax, etc).  His display will also include an emphasis on safety including (dust collection, carving glove, eye protection, etc). 

Throughout the presentation Don will discuss tool maintenance. Don will describe what can be done with the completed project (sell, competition, donation, etc).  Mr. McHugh will also describe various ways of assessing a value to the project.  There will be some projects at all the various stages of completion included with this display.  

Don will be able to answer various other carving questions throughout the event!

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Carving Demonstrators

  • Dwayne Gosnell, Hickory, NC
    • Carving a Santa Claus, Civil War Bust
  • Jim Carpenter, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Theory of Using Colors
  • Ronnie McMahon, Black Mountain, NC
    • Carving Turkey Feathers
  • Bill Johnson, Cullowhee, NC
    • Chip Carving Aquatic Animals

Judges for the CVWCC Competition

Here are the judges for the 2014 Catawba Valley Woodcarver Competition:
  • Butch Clark - Featured Judge Carver - Bradford, Ohio
  • Pat Cogan - Vilas, NC
  • Ken Micalove - Ashville, NC
  • Barbara Connor – Charlotte, NC
  • Mark Akers – Lexington, SC
  • David Boone – Burnsville, NC

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Carving Demonstrators - Dwayne Gosnell

Dwayne Gosnell Biography

Dwayne lives in Hickory North Carolina with his fiancée Tabitha and his daughter Payton working full-time as a local Deputy. Carving is a release from the high stress job. He began his carving journey after buying a carving knife and gouge from a local supplier. From the moment the knife hit the wood, he was hooked. Soon after carving he went to a local club meeting and met Mitch Cartledge. He and Mitch carved once a week for a complete year. These lessons laid the foundation to create proportions and expressions in caricature carving. Dwayne has won numerous awards in competitions on the East Coast however when asked he will tell you his greatest achievement is the friends he is found along the way...

Dwayne is available for private classes and small group lessons in Hickory North Carolina he also travels when scheduling is available. He currently has three rough-outs available for purchase.

You can contact Dwayne via email or call 828-514-1567.

Carving Demonstrators - Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson Biography

Growing up in Iowa, Bill began woodworking in his pre-teen years, building all sorts of things, from his own toys to a soap box derby car.  Upon seeing a demonstration of Chip Carving, Bill was intrigued by its beauty and versatility, and began researching the craft. He slowly built up his skills, and undertook formal training by the country’s preeminent chip carver.

Since that first introduction to the craft, Bill has gone on to win top honors in numerous carving competitions, and has given back to the craft through teaching. In his own words, “Teaching students the basics and seeing them develop their own capabilities and love for chip carving is one of the most gratifying things I can imagine”

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Best of Show: Charlotte Showcase of Woodcarving 2014, Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, Charlotte, NC
  • Best of Show: Sculptures and Design in Wood 2013, Piedmont Woodcarver’s Club, Greenville, SC
  • Best of Show: Mountain State Fair 2013, Asheville, NC
  • Second Best of Show: Mountain Heritage Day Art Festival, Cullowhee, NC 2013
  • First Place: Klockit’s Annual Clockmaker Contest 2013
  • First Place: Editor’s Choice in Boxes and Smalls category, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Excellence Awards 2013

Carving Demonstrators - Ronnie McMahan

Ronnie McMahan Biography

People often use the term “looks real” when describing Ronnie's woodcarving work.  Regardless of detail level or size, each piece includes a touch of life and a sense of “this could be real”.  A personality is given to each piece.  Careful attention is given to habitat and display even in the more simplistic carvings.  Artistic balance, flow of lines, colors and other composition details are considered.

The works are hand carved, normally from basswood or tupelo wood, utilizing traditional wood carving hand tools and power tools.  The textures are achieved using a wood burner, power tools and hand tools.  Acrylic artists colors are used for the color.  Hand painting is achieved through a layered wash technique utilizing artist brushes.  Driftwood, flowers, moss, leaves, rocks, and other habitat are hand carved or handmade from other materials such a paper leaves.  Glass taxidermist eyes are used for the birds.  Feet are fashioned from metal, putty or wood.  A hardwood furniture mounting base is the norm.

He began carving birds in late 1979.  Because of his God given creative talents and his love of what he does, many have enjoyed his wildlife art works.  Since retirement from a 34 year career as a North Caroline State Employee, he has been blessed to receive numerous awards in carving competitions.  A long time dream of becoming a professional arts and crafts person was realized in 2012 when he was juried as a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.

Carving Demonstrators - Jim Carpenter

Jim Carpenter Biography

Jim resides in Pfafftown, North Carolina a community outside of Winston-Salem, on the edge of the foothills of North Carolina. Sometime in the nineteen eighties, his wife gave her mother a carving of a chickadee as a Christmas present that had been carved by Don McDonald, a carver from east Tennessee. For a number of years he had admired the carving, then one day he said to himself, “I think I can do that”. So he got some wood and began his carving journey. That journey has taken him far beyond anywhere he could have imagined when he first took the wood and knife in hand.

Shortly after beginning to carve he found that a bird carving class was offered at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art, in Winston-Salem, so he signed up and eventually ended up taking two classes taught by Chuck and Sue Heath. They introduced him to tools and techniques he didn’t know existed and he quickly improved his carving skills. A few years and many bird carvings later he took a class with Bob Guge, a many times World Champion, and this improved his carving skills even further. Several years and even more carvings later, he met and became friends with Keith Mueller, another many times World Champion, who has been an inspiration and mentor in his carving endeavor. He credits Keith, through his unselfish nature, with taking him from being a woodcarver to being an artist. He thanks him and the many others who have helped him along the way.

Jim teachs at the Sawtooth Center of Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, and the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, both in North Carolina.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hotel Information

To get rate, mention Klingspor's Woodworking Extravaganza! Some availability is limited, so schedule your reservations today!

Baymont Inn & Suites (exit 125)
1120 13th Ave Drive, SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-304-0410 Phone
$60.00 plus tax; double or king
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Outdoor Pool

Best Western (exit 125)
1520 13th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-323-1150 Phone
$76.50 plus tax; double or king
Complimentary Hot Breakfast
Outdoor Pool

Courtyard by Marriott (exit 125)
1946 13th Ave Dr SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-267-2100 Phone
Restaurant on-site
Indoor pool

Crowne Plaza (exit 125)
1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-323-1000 Phone
$92.00 plus tax; limited availability
Restaurant on-site
Indoor pool

Fairfield Inn (exit 125)
1950 13th Ave Dr SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-431-3000 Phone
$94.00 plus tax; double or king
Complimentary hot Breakfast
Indoor pool

Hampton Inn (exit 125) 
1956 13th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-624-2000 Phone
$129.00 plus tax; 2 queen bedroom
$139.00 plus tax; 1 king bedroom
Limited availability
Complimentary hot breakfast
Indoor pool

Holiday Inn Express Hickory (exit 126)
2250 Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 328-2081 Phone
$99.00 plus tax; double or king
Complimentary hot breakfast
YMCA Gym guest access

La Quinta Inn & Suites
1607 Fairgrove Church Rd
Conover, NC 28613
828-465-1100 Phone
Discounted rate of $85.00 + tax if you mention Extravaganza
Free Bright Side Breakfast

Quality Suites (exit 125)
1125 13th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828-323-1211 Phone
$79.99 plus tax; double or king
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Outdoor pool

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 CVWC Show Brochure & Entry Form

Learn more about the upcoming Catawba Valley Woodcarver Competition by downloading or viewing the show brochure and entry form.

These are PDF files and will require either the free Adobe Reader, a third-party software, or browser plug-in to view.

Download/View Show Brochure

Download/View Entry Form

Tuesday, September 24, 2013