29th Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 3 & 4, 2008
64 carvers and vendors came to the Ozarks to exhibit, compete,
demonstrate and sell their carvings/wood turnings/carving supplies
at the North Arkansas Woodcarvers' 29th Annual Show and Sale that
was held May 3 and 4, 2008 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in
Mountain Home, AR. More than 136 ribbons, plaques and awards were
presented including 52 cash prize awards throughout the weekend.
Desiree Hajny, the competition's judge, carefully scrutinized
the 182 carvings entered for judging from the 47 categories. Desiree
was assisted by NAWC club members Roberta Dulaney, recorder; Debra
Bergum, photographer; Jay Nottingham, announcer; Dick Dulaney,
carving entry table; Norm Rutledge, carving entry handler; Bonnie
Davis and Sandy Smith, show coordinators. Fidel Tiscareno "saved-the-day"
by bringing in and setting up his sound system that was used for
both days for announcements, the carving competition and the whittling
Clark arranged for doughnuts on Saturday morning and fresh brewed
coffee to begin each day of the show. Ray and Jean Kropke (and
Jean's twin sister, Jan) worked the entrance table making sure
that everyone visiting the show was warmly greeted and received
a door prize ticket as well as a People's Choice Ballot. Admission
for both days was free, but donations are always greatly appreciated
and "encouraged" by Ray. Dick Dulaney wood burned innumerable
insignia tags for each branch of the military to honor Veterans
visiting the show. Jody Nottingham assisted by Barb Edelbrock
did a wonderful job selling tickets at the raffle table. Barb
& Sidney Edelbrock, Norm Rutledge, Curt & Deen Shirkey, Dave McConkey,
Tommy Johnson and Ellen & Bob Karpen handled the club and door
prize tables selling T-shirts, mugs, hats, NAWC patches, memberships,
etc., and coordinated the drawings for the hourly door prizes.
Behind the scenes "sign committee" members were Norm Rutledge,
Jim Clements, Dick Dulaney, Bonnie Davis, Kathi & Jerry (and Misty)
Clark, and Gary & Sandy Smith. Nine extra tables were lent to
us by the Lakeview Community Club with permission from the club's
president and were picked up / returned by Bonnie Davis, Sandy
Smith, Bernie Hajny (yes, we conned the judge's husband into helping
deliver the tables) and Gary Smith.
Boatright of Marion, IL pleased the crowd once again both days
at the entrance to the building with his wonderful chainsaw carvings.
Art donated a magnificent chainsaw "Welcome/Go Away" Bear for
the raffle that was won by Bruce Blihovde of Dardanelle, AR. The
NAWC "Friendship Cane" carved from blocks was won by Al Felz from
Mountain Home, AR, and the NAWC "Friendship Cane" carved from
spools was won by Barb Edelbrock from Clarkridge, AR. Tommy Johnson's
"Last Supper" scrollsaw wall hanging was won by Carol Yudis (The
Woodcraft Shop) of Bettendorf, IA.
club, in a joint effort, put together the walking sticks for the
raffles. Carvers for the "spool" walking stick were: Kathi Clark
(handle plus 3 spools), Arlene Lesiak, Norm Rutledge, Toni Giardina,
Sid Edelbrock, Sandy Smith, Tom Higgins, Don Lesiak, Dale Lakin,
Roland Ellis (two spools), Ken Doran, Naomi Inglett, Roland Ellis.
Carvers for the "block" walking stick were: Norm Rutledge (handle
plus a block), Roland Ellis, Sid Edelbrock, Dick Dulaney (three
blocks), Sandy Smith, Dick Arndt, Norm Rutledge, Kathi Clark.
interest was generated for all of our Raffle items, shown by the
number of tickets for each carving. Many thanks to the kind and
talented carvers that donated their time, skills and carving/scrollsaw
carvers volunteered their time, shared their knowledge and demonstrated
their skills in showing all that were interested how change a
piece of wood into an artful masterpiece. Demonstrators were:
Randy Landen - Caricatures; Mike Shipley - Caricatures; Carol
Wherry - Gouge Chip Carving; and Bruce Futterer - Scandanavian
Flat Plane Carving.
Saturday evening's banquet dinner/auction was held at the Elks
Club with approximately 95 people in attendance. Everyone received
a "gift box" handmade and stuffed with trinkets by club members
and a ticket for the door prize raffle that was held after the
meal. Plaques were presented to competition winners in attendance.
Dick Todd cut and finished the wonderful walnut bases for the
plaques, and the engraving was provided by The Lockeroom. An auction,
led by Tom Brown and assisted by Randy Landen and Ray Kropke,
was conducted to generate funds for next year's show. There were
many wonderful items auctioned as well as many very happy winning
bidders with their prizes. Thanks, Tom, Randy and Ray, for making
the evening's auction fun and entertaining. Sincere gratitude
goes to all club members and non-members that collected/carved
auction items, Kathi Clark for "twisting the arms" of local businesses
for donations, and to Dalene Berke for the basketful of local
restaurant gift certificates for the banquet's door prizes.
"Unlimited Hand Tools" Whittling Contest was again a popular event.
Donated knives, gouges, roughouts, mugs, gift certificates and
catalogs were given to all participants of this contest. Tom Brown
graciously agreed to be the contest's announcer and did a spectacular
job. Six carvers entered Sunday afternoon's contest and were given
a time limit of 1 hour plus a 10-minute break after the first
30 minutes. Contestants included (alphabetically) Shayna Afrassiab,
Mona Afrassiab, Chuck Bailey, Deb Bergum, Ken Doran, and Bruce
Futterer. The carvers were allowed unlimited hand tools and were
given a 2"x2"x6" chunk of basswood (donated by Dale/Marge Heinecke)
to carve a "masterpiece". Desiree Hajny, Larry Yudis and Mary
Green (substituting for Dale Heinecke, her dad) judged the results.
First, second and third place winners received a plaque from NAWC,
a "prize" of their choosing, plus a Woodcraft Shop gift certificate.
Bruce Futterer placed first; Chuck Bailey - second and Deb Bergum
- third. Special thanks go to Larry and Carol Yudis for their
generous gift certificate donation and to Dale Heinecke for the
"After The Show" Woodcarving Seminar with Desiree Hajny was more
than fun. Eleven class participants carved for three days on a
multiple bison project, learning about the insides and outsides
of calves and adult bison. Class participants were Chuck Bailey,
Deb Bergum, Kathi Clark, Bonnie Davis, Sid Edelbrock, Toni Giardina,
Ron Morrow, Red Murr, Curt Shirkey, Sandy Smith and Cindy Stephens.
Delicious lunches were brought in by Kathi Clark, Bonnie Davis,
Sid/Barb Edelbrock and Curt/Deen Shirkey. Special thanks go to
Arlene/Don Lesiak and Sid/Barb Edelbrock for supplying the tables
and chairs, and to Gary Smith for letting us use the garage.
thanks go to all participants and to the club members who graciously
volunteered their time to make it all work. Heartfelt appreciation
go to the vendors, businesses, club members, visiting carvers
and friends who donated money, merchandise and their time to help
make the show a success. Special thanks go to the "sign committee"
who trekked through high grasses and dodged rain to set up and
break down the club's wooden signs making sure that the public
knew when and where the show was to be held. Without everyone's
generous help and support the show could not have been possible.
The Show Committee is already discussing plans for our 30th Annual
Show to be held May 2 & 3, 2009. See you there!
Photos by Deb Bergum