Welcome to the Online Home of the E.W.C.C.

Posted in Woodcarving on February 6, 2009 by ewcc

The Eastern Woodland Carvers Club of Converse, Indiana in Miami County, is a non-profit organization made up of people who just love to do wood carving. The club has a membership around 250, and members meet for open carves on Tuesday nights starting at 6 PM, at 101 South Jefferson Street. Throughout the year the club conducts projects together, holds seminars and workshops, maintains a carving library, hosts the EWCC July Carving Show, Ornament Carve & Halloween Trick or Treats, and a December Show that are open to the community.

The Chip Chatter for October 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, December Show, Woodcarving on September 28, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for October 2016
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone 765-251-3663

Club e-mail – ewcc@comteck.com

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Many of us enjoyed the Artistry in Wood Show in Ohio. It was held in a new location this year and was a very nice place to hold a show. We have already been informed that we will go back to Wilmington once again next October 15th & 16th as a new date.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

The Board of Directors voted to suspend the December Show. We will still have our Carry-in and Live Auction as in the past. We can use some Live Auction items for our December Auction. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Yes, I know it’s early but we sold everything we had at the July Auction.

Our Woodburning Weekend was really a success. All had a ball and even watched some of the Art auction here in town.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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OUR RECIPE CORNER

APPLE PIE TACOS!
from the Kitchen of Mildred Freeman

INGREDIENTS:
4 Apples peeled & sliced
½ C Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ C Water
Tortilla’s (flour) 6″ size
Oil (for frying tortillas)
1/2 c sugar-cinnamon mixture
Whipped cream

DIRECTIONS:
Place apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water in a sauce pan. Stir until well blended and cover and cook on medium stirring frequently for 10 minutes or until apples are semi soft. If needed, thicken sauce using 1 Table of cornstarch to 3-4 Table of water. Mix into sauce and stir until thickened. Heat oil on medium heat in a skillet and holding the tortilla folded in half, place the bottom of tortilla in the oil for a few seconds. Then lay it on one side until browned and then place other side down until browned. Remove from oil and Sprinkle browned tortilla with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Fill taco shells with apple pie filling and top with whipped cream, and sprinkle a little more of sugar-cinnamon mixture on top.

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on December 6, 2016 to conduct business.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings.  Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Calendar

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

2017

March 25
Raintree Woodcarvers Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class $80.00

July 15-16
29th July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre.
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

Steve Fowler is getting daily infusions for a serious infection in his leg. He has been in the hospital in Ft Wayne but is now home. Lois Westfall underwent surgery on September 20th and is now home and improving.

Prayers appreciated.

Your Chip Chatter for September 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Woodcarving on August 30, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for September 2016
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone 765-251-3663

Club e-mail – ewcc@comteck.com

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

 The 10th Annual Caricature Carvers of America Competition and Seminar was another wonderful event. Many folks commented on the great works on display. Bruce Henn & Don Mertz of Ohio, Jim Hiser of PA and Joe Schumacher of Missouri were CCA members here to help. Our Judges and instructors were Ryan Olsen of Idaho, Joe You of California & Mitch Cartledge of North Carolina. You might want to get Tammy Roe to give you some carving classes. She is good enough to carve on the instructors’ go-by. Well at least she did, I’d assume she is that good.

Thank you’s go out to Bob Alexander, Earl Whitaker, Mildred Freeman, Suzi Brown, Jeff Moore, Mike Sikes, Beth Buie, Tammy Roe, Karen Taylor, Fran Schumacher and Bob & Linda Courtney. We couldn’t pull this event off without the help of these hard working folks.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

We can use some Live Auction items for our December Auction. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Yes, I know it’s early but we sold everything we had at the July Auction.

The September 24  Woodburning Weekend is also an event to trade or sell your items.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

Steve Fowler is getting daily infusions for a serious infection in his leg. Prayers appreciated.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER

Sour Cream Chicken Casserole
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

6 BONELESS, SKINLESS CHICKEN BREASTS
2 10-OZ CANS CHICKEN SOUP
8 OZ SOUR CREAM
2 CUPS SHREDDED CHEESE
1 SLEEVE CRUSHED CRACKERS – RITZ, CLUB, ETC.
FRY OR GRILL CHICKEN UNTIL NO LONGER PINK. PLACE IN A 9X13 PAN. MIX CHICKEN SOUP AND SOUR CREAM TOGETHER AND SPREAD OVER CHICKEN. LAYER CHEESE AND CRACKERS ON TOP. DRIZZLE WITH MELTED BUTTER.
BAKE AT 350 FOR 30 MINUTES OR TILL HEATED THROUGH.
NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD AMISH RECIPE AND WILL FEED A FAMILY.

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 6, 2016 to conduct business.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings.  Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Calendar
2016

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

September 6
Board Meeting

September 24
Woodburning Weekend
$30.00, no instructor

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve
10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat
4 – 8

December 10
December Show

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Calendar
2017

July 15-16
29th July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

Your Chip Chatter for August 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on July 26, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for August 2016
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone 765-251-3663

Club e-mail – ewcc@comteck.com

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

 The 28th Annual July Show was another wonderful event. Many folks commented on the great works on display. Bruce Henn of Troy, OH was our judge. John Clark won 1st and 2nd Best of Show and Roger Strautman got 3rd Best of Show. If I can find the list I’ll let you know how more of our entrants fared.

Get your carving ready for the Caricature Carvers of America Competition held in Converse at the EWCC. Competition will be held on August 18th so be ready.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

We can use some Live Auction items for our December Auction. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Yes, I know it’s early but we sold everything we had at the July Auction.

I spent four days at the Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup at Poor John’s Campground in Fletcher, OH. We had a ball even though it was in the mid 90’s every day. This is an event you need to get on your Calendar for next year.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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JULY SHOW RESULTS

Best of Group – A

1st-Roger Strautman 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd –Jim Judd

B. 1st-Farley Baker 2nd- Dick Belcher 3rd-Farley Baker

C. 1st-John Clark 2nd –John Clark 3rd –Dick Belcher

D. 1st –John Clark 2nd –Vic Dunlap 3rd –Steve McPhearson

E. 1st-Dick Belcher 2nd-Beth Buie 3rd-Dick Belcher

F. 1st-2nd&3rd – Scott Brown

H. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd& 3rd Dick Belcher

J. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd-Ben Cash

K. 1st- Don Worley 2nd-Jack Shelton 3rd-Steve Fowler

L. 1st-2nd&3rd- Judy Woodruff

M. 1st-Jim Hartley 2nd-Boib Baber 3rd-Vic Dunlap

N. 1st-Beth Buie 2nd-Larry Fox 3rd-Randy Hindshaw

O. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd-Jack Shelton 3rd-Ben Cash

P. 1st- Vic Dunlap 2nd- Jim Hartley 3rd-Bob Courtney

Q. 1st- Farley Baker 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd –Scott Brown

R. 1st-Tammy Roe 2nd- Tammy Roe 3rd-Beth Buie

 

MORE SHOW RESULTS

Cane Raffle-Don Harter, friendship – Nancy Arrick, small cane.

EWCC Founders Award, Beth Buie

Tom Brown Memorial Knife, Mildred Freeman  Chuck Leming Spoon Award, Bob Woodruff  Linda Haines Memorial Award, Charlie Cooke  Tom Brown Caricature Award, Don Worley

Tag Team Contest – 1st Bruce Henn, Scott Brown & Don Worley

2nd Gay Shelton, Beth Buie & Gary Freeman

3rd Roger Strautman, Elaine Boune & Jeff Moore

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 6, 2016 to conduct business.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings.  Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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2016 Calendar

August 11-14
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Pla-Mor Campground – Bremen, IN

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar, Converse

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

September 6
EWCC Board Meeting

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
EWCC Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Converse Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
EWCC December Show

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2017 Calendar

July 15-16
29th EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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WOOD MAGICK

“I don’t think there is any thrill that can go through
the human heart like that felt by the artist as he or she
sees some creation of the soul unfolding to completion.”
—Michael Keller

Michael Keller is a woodcrafter located in Chelan, Washington who favors aromatic woods such as Alaska Yellow Cedar, Desert Juniper, Port Orford Cedar, and old growth Western Red Cedar.

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Michael’s work has a raw, natural feel to it. His wood sculptures are not overworked giving his pieces, particularly his walking sticks and canes, a very balanced energy, invoking a very native sensibility.

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You can visit his website Michael Keller Woodworking: Distinctive Art in Wood for more details.WalkgStickEagleWizardLG

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Your Chip Chatter for July 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on June 28, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for July 2016
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone 765-251-3663

Club e-mail – ewcc@comteck.com

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

We still have empty tables at the 28th July Show so please sign up for one. We always have a great time and usually have a great turn-out of visitors. We also pay out some good cash.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

Our monthly meeting was set back for a week to accommodate a Rich Wetherbee class. Rich held two classes and both were great.

We can use some Live Auction items. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Also come and see what we already have.

We will get our remaining windows upstairs replaced soon. They will start after the July Show.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

 Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
from the Kitchen of Jim Stewart

Ingredients:

8 oz. elbow macaroni pasta, cooked

1 pound bacon

2 jalapeños, seeded and diced

1/3 cup flour

2 cups milk

1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup green onions, diced

1 cup Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, crushed

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2 Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a stockpot. Cook elbow macaroni pasta for 6-8 minutes, or until al dente. Remove from heat, drain pasta, and set aside.

3 In a large dishwasher-safe sauté pan, cook bacon until crispy and all of the fat has been rendered. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towel-lined plates to drain, and, once cool, crumble. Remove about half of the rendered fat from the pan.

4 Add jalapeños and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the flour and fat are combined. Whisk in milk

and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add in cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and green onions. Continue cooking until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and add crumbled bacon, and macaroni. Mix to coat.

5 Pour macaroni and cheese into a medium-size casserole dish and top with crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes and serve warm.

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 6, 2016 to conduct business.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings.  Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Calendar

July 16-17
EWCC Show at Converse

July 20-23
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

August 11-14
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Pla-Mor Campground – Bremen, IN

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar, Converse

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

September 6
Board Meeting

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

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Wood Magick

Artist Spotlight: Jay Haavik

Jay Haavik is an internationally renowned woodcarver, specializing in indigenous and older traditional cultures, particularly that of the Viking Age and that of the native tribes that populated the Northwest Coast of North America. A full time studio artist, Jay Haavik’s workshop is in Seattle, Washington and he is an instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

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After several trips to Norway, Haavik became enthralled by the woodcarvings of the ancient Norse craftsmen and began an exhaustive study of their techniques which culminated in him being hired by the New Oseberg Foundation as the lead carver in the making of a replica of the infamous Oseberg Viking Ship.

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You can find out more about Jay and his work by visiting his website: jayhaavik.com

Rich Wetherbee Seminar

Posted in Woodcarving on June 16, 2016 by ewcc

Rich Wetherbee
Carving or Clay Seminar

Rich will offer two 4 hour carving classes Wednesday Evening & Thursday Evening on June 22 & 23 for the price of just $50.00

If interested, contact Steve Fowler, Mildred Freeman or any Officer or Board Member.

Be sure to let them know if you want clay or carving. Ruffouts are available.

Your Chip Chatter for June 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on May 27, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for June 2016
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone 765-251-3663

Club e-mail – ewcc@comteck.com

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner

(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Our beginning woodcarving classes have been great. We presented certificates of completion to the new carvers. We did work on faces again with the beginners once more.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.  We are still short of our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

Our new monthly project is for you to do a block for the Friendship Cane. The fee is $1.00 for the contest but you must pay $5.00 for the block and it will be returned when you finish the block. We need 14 for the cane that will be raffled off at the July Show.

We can also use some Live Auction items. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club.

Ed & Jill Snyder paid us a visit on May 17th and brought a friend, Chris, to look things over. Another trio stopped in to see the Hammer Room. They were walking across America having started in Delaware.

The Circle City Show was in a new location and was really nice.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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OUR RECIPE CORNER 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
3 oz. package of cream cheese
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (reserve white)
2 cups all purpose flour
Blend together sugar, margarine, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla, and egg yolk with mixer. Mix in flour until well blended.
Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for two hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough, one third at a time, on a lightly floured surface. Using a cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out cookies as close together as possible.
Place the cookies one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. To prevent breaking, move cookies to and from baking sheets with a wide spatula or pancake turner.
Leave cookies plain or, if desired, brush with slightly beaten egg white and spring with colored sugar.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are a light golden brown. Cool completely.
{My mom always told me the most important part of making sugar cookies was to take them out as soon as they were even slightly brown on the bottom, or not at all. I took mine out before they had even browned and left them on the cookie sheet to cool. That made them extra soft and delicious.}
If desired, use the almond glaze below.
Almond Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 Tb. water
4 drops of food coloring
Stir all ingredients until smooth.
Pour 1 teaspoon of glaze on each sugar cookie. Use the back of the teaspoon to spread glaze evenly over cookie. Let glaze dry.

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Sunshine Corner

     If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

***
Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on June 7, 2016 to conduct business.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings.  Board members and officers, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Wood Magick

Jake Powning is a skilled craftsman and artist. He works in several mediums, but with a Northern European influence throughout. I am particularly interested in his sword work, but as you can see, his woodworking is a marvel as well.

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powning scabbard

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Calendar

June 4
Shelley Graves Basket Class

July 16-17
EWCC Show at Converse

July 20-23
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

Friendship Cane

Posted in Woodcarving on May 12, 2016 by ewcc

Hi Y’all,

We are going to use our Friendship Cane as our monthly project. The cost to get a block is $6.00 and you will get $5.00 back when you return your finished block. The other dollar will be used as prize money for the contest. Come in and get your block soon.

Thanks in advance,
Gary