Monday 1 September 2014
Wisconsin's largest Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale is the Wisconsin River Woodcarvers annual show, this year being held on 20-21 September. Wood art from around the country is entered in competition, put on display and sold at this enjoyable and educational two-day event. This show draws over 100 wood artists from Wisconsin and around the country: carvers, pyrographers, chippers, sculptors, painters and more. You will be impressed by the many creative things these artists and skilled craftspeople do with wood from simple whittling to detailed carving of realistic birds, fish, animals, people, caricatures, jewellery, spirit faces, whimsical houses, walking sticks, gun stocks and 3D scenes.
Competition judging occurs Saturday morning and afterward all entries and winning pieces will be on display. Entries are in many categories at various skill levels, so look for the ribbon winners and Best of Show. As you walk around the hall, take time to stop and visit with the wood artists.
Demonstrations of carving, pyrography and knife sharpening will be held throughout both days. Kids Carving Classes are scheduled for Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 1:45pm. These are always well attended and parents can join in, too. Carving tools, supplies, books, patterns and wood will be on sale by vendors Larry and Carol Yudis' Woodcraft Shop, Kranz Wood Sales and Moore Roughouts. Their products are excellent, yet at reasonable prices, so it is a good time to stock up.
Enter the huge raffle of handmade carvings, art and other specialty items on display both days with drawing Sunday at 3:30pm - need to be present to win. The club thanks its members for the many unique pieces donated to the raffle. Thanks also to this year's show sponsors: American Family Insurance agents James Check and Lori Bustamante, Dave's Body Shop, Dennis Hintz Excavating & Septic Systems, Inc., Do It Best Frank's Hardware, Journal Print Group, Len Dudas Motors, Mid-State Accounting, Point Bowl, Point Trophy, Pro Septic Service, and Ski's Meat Market.
When: 20-21 September, 2014
Where: The Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, 1001 Amber Ave - I39/51 Exit 158A Hwy 10 East - Free parking.
Admission: $3 - free for under 13s
More information: Ron O'Kray - 715-341-2214, Greg Wirtz - 715-423-0471
(PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF WISCONSIN RIVER WOODCARVERS)
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