Friendly Carvers

Steve Brown will be the featured carver for the annual Friends Carving Club show. He is only one of 50 members of the Caricature Carvers of America.

It’s an old-time craft that has remained popular through the years, carving almost any type of wood (and many other materials) into objects of art.

Carvers will be on hand demonstrating this at the Woodcarving and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Port Orange Senior Center, 4790 S. Ridgewood Ave.

Friends Carving Club of Port Orange has hosted the annual show for 15-20 years. It is co-sponsored by the City of Port Orange and allows the club to display, carve and sell wood products. The show will also feature the Deltona Carving Club, Palm Coast Carving Club, and Volusia Woodworking Guild.

The featured carver for the show will be Steve Brown, who is one of only 50 members of the Caricature Carvers of America. He will also be teaching two classes, one Jan. 9-11 and another Jan. 13-15. Another class, Feb. 1-3, will be taught by Richard Houlden of Nebraska on caricature carving. All classes will be at the Adult Center on Halifax Drive in Port Orange.

There will be vendors at the Woodcarving and Craft Show, as well as raffles and prizes throughout the day, and carving demonstrations. There is a $2 donation to attend the show.

“Woodcarving gives me a chance to relax,” said John Carleton, Friends Carving Club vice president and a retired City of Port Orange employee. “I like to work with wood.”

He has done almost 2,000 carvings himself and said there will be many different projects featured at the show in addition to caricature carving, including carving in the round, links, 10-cut projects, canes and nativities. One carver creates pens from wood and corncobs.

“If it doesn’t move, we’ll carve on it,” Mr. Carleton laughed. He invites people interested in carving to join their club. The cost is modest ($20 a year) and the club meets every Tuesday at the Senior Center on Ridgewood Avenue.

Current president of Friends Carving Club is Connie Teeters, illustrating that women are woodcarvers, too.

“I like to do it all, chip carving, carving in the round, wood burning and other techniques that have been around for years in Europe and brought to the New World,” Ms. Teeters said. “It’s the feel of the wood under your knife. There’s something for everyone. It’s addicting.”

For more information, call (386) 624-2334, or visit friendscarvingclub.org.

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