Utah Valley Woodcarving Club

Hi everyone! Just some quick newsy notes from the Wood Carving Club. We have had a really good year, both the Provo and Payson groups have increased in memberships and we are so glad to welcome new members.  A lot of laughing and teasing each other goes on also.  What a good group we have to work with! We have been teaching many new people the joy of carving and painting and we enjoy every minute of it

We have been carving many new things to show off at our very own Carving Show, which we have produced for 16 years, in September every year. It was a great success this year also, with over 400 carvings displayed. We are looking forward to this year’s show which should be even better with all the new carvers. Linda Lewis was our featured Carver and she filled two 8 foot tables with fun things she had carver.

We have had our usual picnic in August and Christmas dinner in December. Our Christmas dinner includes and ornament exchange and a gift exchange which sometimes gets a little exciting!  We also decorated the 12 foot Christmas tree at the Veterans home each year with carved ornaments we have made. One year they ask us to do an all military tree that was a challenge, but turned out beautiful. 

We teach a new project every month at our club night in Provo and all are welcome. We have made chains, faces on the corner, rabbits, pumpkins and funny little chickens and many more things. We all help each other and just have fun.

Dennis Trotter is our President and Gary Heaton is our Show Chairman. Thanks you guys for all you do for us. We have two wonderful places to carve the Payson Senior Center and Treeline in Provo. Both have great carving areas for us and we are welcome to carve as long as we clean up our chips. The hours at Payson are Monday, 8:00 -2:00, Tuesday 8:00 – 4:00 and Wednesday 8:00 – 2:00. You do need to be a senior to carve there. Ray Carlson is the gate keeper there and he will welcome you with open arms.

The Provo group meets every Monday at 9:00 – 12:00 and Thursday 1:00 – 4:00, with the second Thursday of every month having a club meeting from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

There are a number of good people that love to teach and help new carvers, so don’t hesitate to join us. We have beginner’s kits at both places so you don’t have to get a knife right away until you know you like it.  We also have gloves and thumb covers for safety purposes. You just need to pay for the wood you use.  Come See you will love it.”

Submitted by Mary Dame

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