South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Dakota for the purpose of preserving and expanding the fine art of woodcarving.
While its origins and membership are primarily located in the area of Sioux Falls, SD, all woodcarving organizations and individual carvers within the state are welcome to make contributions to this web site and and share its benefits.
It has been a few years since I was listed as one of the artists appearing in the Center for Western Studies Art Show, so I was happy to accept the invitation for this year.. Anticipating that possibility late in September of last year, I started one of the most difficult and risky wood carving projects I've every attempted. My goal was to create a bust of George Washington in a chunk of black walnut that would resemble what most people could recognize as the same person they see on the dollar bill but, also, to show the facial expression of a resurrected George Washington viewing the current state of the union.
Hard to know if you're not cutting off too much
The Show begins Friday evening, Feb. 14, and ends Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3:30. So I will miss the February meeting of SDWC, but maybe I will see you all at the show. I don't know exactly how our new "carving theme" approach to club projects is going to work, but someone will probably have some song bird cut outs available. Please bring what ever you have to share on the subject of song bird carving!
There has been no special carving project prepared for this Saturday's meeting, so why not have a tool sharpening seminar? Bring your favorite dull tool, stones, strops, or any power sharpening tools that are portable enough. Or just bring your already sharp tools and a project of your own to work on.
As part of the 2013 Christmas Show and Sale at the Park Ridge Galleria in Sioux Falls, a Silent Auction provided the National Kidney Foundation with a check for $300.00. With only four of our members exhibiting their work for show and sale, the auction was a welcome addition.
Thanks to members of our club for donating carvings, tools, and books. Thanks to the Willocks in Faribault, MN for donating three one-year subscriptions to their Carving Magazine along with sample issues. Thanks to David and Sally Nye for donating their latest book on fan bird carving. Many thanks to Gene Dickey and his family for setting up the tables and managing the sales and all the details for the Silent Auction. And, of course, we must thank our own Glen Ilse for showing up as Santa Clause.