About the E.W.C.C.

The E.W.C.C. is located in downtown Converse, Indiana, Miami County at 101 South Jefferson Street. We are a non-profit organization and are governed by a nine member Board of Directors. These Directors serve three year terms then may be re-elected.

A group of six Officers are elected annually to run our business meetings and our day to day activities. We have been fortunate to have had so many people willing to help out with club business.

Our club also has a group of members that hold a place of honor in the club. They also hold an awesome responsibility to the club. These people are nominated by the current Life Members and then after much discussion may be elected as Life Members. Their duties are actually to be the overseers of the entire club and the clubs possessions. They have the duty to make sure our Officers and Board keep the best interest of the club at heart. Their duties are listed in the club By-Laws, Article 10 Amendment 2b

The club has two large rooms downstairs divided by a load bearing wall. We have the space to hold multiple seminars at the same time. The Club meets each Tuesday at 6 p.m. for open carve. Our business meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Our Board of Directors meeting is held bi-monthly at 5:30 starting in February on the 1st Tuesday.

We have a full kitchen with cabinets, pantry, and serving bar, stove with oven. We serve meals at our seminars on a donation basis.

Our library has about 150 instructional tapes that you can check out and keep for 30 days.  If you wish you may watch the tape at the club. We have around 500 books that cover material from the simple beginning carvings to realistic busts, animals and birds. Books on painting and woodburning are also available.

Our showcases are full of carvings that have been donated by club members and professional carvers.  The walls also have many carvings that have been donated. Most visitors are awestruck by the quality of the carvings we have on display.

On the second floor we have a room on the south side that our Crafty Ladies use for crafts of one kind or the other.  The north side of the building has a living room, three (3) bedrooms and a bath with a shower.  These rooms are used for our seminar instructors. Converse has only about 1200 residents and no motels so this was a big help for all the instructors we bring in for classes.

We have another large room on the Southwest side of the 2nd floor that holds a very special place in our hearts. This room is called the Hammer Room. We have on display the carved hammer collection of Dale Brosman, “The Hammer Man”. Dale passed away in 2005 and left his hammer collection to the Club in his will. All are on display along with a small collection of his miniature Out Houses. You can literally spend hours in this room looking at his work.

We hold two carving shows annually. In July we hold our EWCC July Carving Show. Quite a catchy name, don’t you think. This show is open to carvers from anywhere in the world. We usually have five to seven states represented. The show is held in the Borderman Park Gym and is always well attended. There are usually around sixty tables with fantastic items on display. We give out in excess of $1200.00 in prize money each July. We have a Banquet in our Club building on Saturday night and hand out the prize money. Following the prize distribution we hold a Live Auction with many carvings and neat items that were donated as fundraisers.

In December we hold a members only show. All are welcome to come in and enjoy the carvings but you must be a member to enter this show. We do have a club carry-in after the show closes at 5:30. Following the carry-in we have a Live Auction with loads of carvings and other unique items available.

Our annual Ornament Carve and Trick or Treat event is held each year on Halloween. This gives us a full day to work on ornaments for our December Live Auction. We carve from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and then we start enjoying the Trick or Treat crowd that sometimes hits 350. We sometimes have twenty people here handing out candy.

The community is always welcome here at the EWCC. We do have many community service activities annually.

2 Responses to “About the E.W.C.C.”

  1. Hello,

    I came across an older Chip Chats article in the September-October, 1994 (page 41) issue about a woodcarver named Ben Cash. The article was about a new video Ben had come out with called, “Carving the Old World Santa”. I was wondering if by any chance someone in your club may know if this video is still for sale anywhere?

    Sincerely,

    John Jussel
    Yankton, SD

  2. E-mail me at carvers@comteck.com and I’ll let you know if I can find out about a tape.
    Gary

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