Who We Are

We are the woodcarving club in Wilmington, NC.  We create art out of wood or wood products using knives, chisels, gouges, power tools, and other woodworking tools such as drill presses and various saws, and woodburning equipment, among others.  Our members' skills range from beginners to expert.  Members have won awards at various shows as well as being featured in local publications.  Some members have had articles published in national magazines.


We are:

Supportive of Participation, Achievement, and Fellowship

We strive to provide an atmosphere of fellowship at all club functions; encouraging the participation and carving achievements of all members.

Inclusive and Respectful

We are open to any person interested in carving without regard to age, gender, race, or any other characteristic, and are committed to respectful relations among all members and non-members.


We want to advance woodworking, in all its forms, through education and activities that encourage the sharing of woodcarving knowledge and skill.  We encourage members to work outside of their comfort zones and test their limits.

Committed to Safety

We provide education in safe woodworking practices as well as discussion of members' accidents.


Club History


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 Myrtle Beach, and all points in between in the Wilmington-Cape Fear region.