Thursday, October 17, 2019

Richland Wood Carving!!

Richland Community Center
Wood carving on Thursday at 6 PM till 8:30 PM
We have a room now so ask at the front desk where the woodcarver are.

Last week we got a new carver and his young son.
We welcome newcomers!!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

More Pictures at Rendezvous 2019

Sandpiper Carvers

Bench on a walking path at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Flute Carving and trying the new flute

BBQ the last night of carving

2019 Rendezvous

Bark carving

Sunday, July 14, 2019

New Carving Location July 2019 Richland!!

We now have a group of carvers meeting in Richland.
Where: Richland Community Center/Senior Center. 
Every Thursday night at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
The first night was July 11th.

I really like this as I am more of a night owl.
Hope to see you on Thursday Nights!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

2019 Tri-Cities Woodcarvers Rendezvous

The 2019 Tri-Cities Woodcarvers Rendezvous is scheduled for June 7-9 at a NEW LOCATION 7.5 miles south of Pasco, WA, the McNary Wildlife Refuge Education Center in Burbank, WA.  MNWR is a Federal Fish  and Wildlife center so there will be no camping or open cooking fires on site. A list of campgrounds nearby will be provided. Early reservations are suggested particularly at Army Corps parks which tend to fill first.

Rendezvous Location is: 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Featured Carver, 2019

Connie Wickert grew up in Skagit County and has lived there all her life.  Her relatives moved to Washington while it was still a territory.  She married Ray, her husband of 49 years. She is a retired school teacher having taught fourth and fifth grades for 30 years.  She taught after school creative classes (Odyssey of the Mind) for many years, enjoying the creativeness she could pull out of her students.  Many years they advanced to world finals competing against other nations.  Connie retired in 2000.

She has traveled to many places around the world, visiting 6 of the 7 continents.  Antarctica still needs to be conquered.  Now Connie and Ray spend their vacations motor homing to places where they putter around exploring in their RZR or 57 Chev.  Reading and gardening are also interests, but her number one hobby is wood carving. After retiring, a friend asked Connie to take a beginning carving class with her.  She almost didn’t do it as she wanted to chainsaw carve, but after one class she was hooked, and her true hobby was born.  Connie has been carving since 2002.  She has taken many classes from well-known instructors such as Desiree Hajny, Debi Edwards, Harold Enlow, Cleve Taylor, Jerry Simchuck, Bob Guge, Floyd Scholz, Josh Guge, the Stenmans and Andy Anderson.  Connie says, “I am sure glad I did not take up chainsaw carving as I am running out of room with my small hand carved pieces”.

Connie has carved in all areas, but prefers the 3-dimensional carvings, and being able to visualize the piece from all perspectives.  Her love is carving animals but loves any carving field she is participating in at the time. She concludes by saying, “I love working with wood.  There is a warmth and liveliness to the wood and the piece that you cannot get with other types of materials.  I love the creative aspect of designing a piece.”