What We Do
In addition to growing membership, the club has expanded in its members' range of carving
interests and skill levels. At any regular Thursday morning meeting, you will observe carvers working on fine detailed bird
sculptures, stylistic natural finished woodcarvings, cariactures, plaques, fish, decoys, relief panels, flowers, decorated
walking sticks - and the list goes on. Members' skills range from beginner to advanced carvers who have won awards in major
competitions at the international, regional and local levels.
The main focus of the club is on skill development. Beginner projects and instruction
are available to those who want to try their carving skills. The club also schedules carving programs of various lengths
(one day to one week) taught by skilled club members or outside, nationally recognized, experts.
Workshops have been held on the carving and painting of a saw whet owl, painted bunting,
screech owl, bluebird, yellowlegs shorbird, duckling, rainbow trout, and a Moorish Idol tropical fish. Other programs
covered relief carving of the 12 Days of Christmas, decorative walking sticks, creating habitats for mounting sculptures and
techniques for burning feather details. Renowned wildlife sculptor, David Turner, recently conducted a weeklong workshop
on sculpting in clay.
Planned programs include methods of sharpening carving tools, plus carving a
Santa cariacture, a freshwater fish and a bird. We exhibit and demonstrate annually at the New Hanover
county (Wilmington) Senior Center, in local galleries and at open house events at Poplar Grove Plantation.
In addition to working with wood, many members have expanded their artistic interest
to include other mediums. Some are carving in stone, some scuplting in clay, either as a model for a final woodcarving
or for preparing a mold for casting in metal. Several members are also accomplished artists working in oils, watercolors,
pastels, and graphite.
Club Photo Album
History of Our Club
Since its founding in 1995, the Cape Fear Woodcarvers Club has grown to become an important
arts resource in the Wilmington-Cape Fear area. The seed for a woodcarving club in southeast North Carolina was
planted during an American Legion ceremony luncheon when Andy Jones and Frank Buesseler "discovered" they had a common interest
in woodcarving. Andy arranged with Poplar Grove Plantation to host a carving club and contacted the local newspaper
and Chip Chats which printed articles announcing the establishment of the group.
The first meeting in the fall of 1995 was attended by five carvers. Since then, club
membership has grown to more than 70 men and women, who come from as far north as Jacksonville, and as far south as Calabash,
and all points in between, in the greater Wilmington-Cape Fear region.