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Cape Fear Woodcarvers Club



        If you're interested in woodcarving, this is the place to be! Wow! What a great club! The friendly club members not only socialize (some people spend as much time, or maybe more just visiting than carving), but they help each other with ideas and techniques. There are file cabinets full of patterns as well as books and magazines. Formal and informal classes are taught by members as well as notable luminaries in every imaginable field of interest. And if you like pastries, well, help yourself to the donated donuts, and free coffee. It's a heck-of-a deal for the $20 a year membership fee.

     What's It's All About       

       Individuals choose what they want to carve, but the club also organizes activities that appeal to the whole club. For example, the club created a replica of Noah's ark. Members volunteered to carve the animals and characters. Another project was the Cane Project. Members carved eaglehead canes and presented them to disabled veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. At special times of the year, some themes occur that are conducive to certain kinds of carvings. Someone usually rises to the occasion, and before you know it, there's a class, complete with patterns, individual instruction, and basswood or tupelo blanks. For example, several popular classes carved old-time santas and rocking santas. And during the elections, well, caricature carving gained popularity, for some reason??

When and Where We Meet
       Our club meets at the S 5th Avenue Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC, 9 am to noon on Thursdays, except on/near holidays. This church is the second oldest Methodist Church in Wilmington. It was in this small building that Charlie Jones Soong, founder of China's Soong dynasty, was baptized on November 7, 1880 by the Rev. Thomas Page Ricaud. We meet in the Fellowship Hall which provides plenty of well-lit workspace as well as tables and chairs for carvers like the one pictured here.

South Fifth Avenue Methodist Church

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Walter LaBelle