By: Rusty Johnson | Category: Special Interest | Issue: March 2011
A beautiful, angelic example of chisel carving.
Have you ever wondered how Willard Stone created his wood masterpieces? Or how those craftsmen at Silver Dollar City carve those Civil War figures? Or how to burn art onto the surface of wood? Or how to create an architectural accent piece? Or how to plan a caricature bear? Or even how to say “I love you” with a wooden spoon?
The Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association (EOWA) will host a Demonstration Night for anyone interested in learning about different aspects of the art of woodcarving. The event takes place Monday, March 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Central Center in Centennial Park, 2028 E. Sixth St., Tulsa. The demonstration is free and open to the public.
Members of the club with different areas of expertise will talk about their specialty in an open meeting. There will be six interest areas for beginners to observe and ask questions about the following: Chip Carving with Buyrl Franks, Mallet and Chisel Carving with Rusty Johnson, Caricature Carving with Bill Payne, Woodburning with Doris Payne and Jane Stephenson, Love Spoons with Jim Stephenson, and Relief Carving with Bob Branham. The artists will have examples of their work and answer questions about planning carvings, choosing the wood, special tools needed for certain tasks and types of finishes appropriate to the style.
Members of the Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association are interested in the advancement and appreciation of woodcarving in Eastern Oklahoma. The club meets the second Monday each month for a business meeting followed by a special program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every Thursday the club hosts an informal “carve-in” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The carve-ins are open to the public and are free.
One unique way to tell loved ones you care – wooden love spoons.
Membership in the club is $25 per year for a family and entitles the members access to the resources of the club. The EOWA maintains the most complete library for woodcarving in the area with more than 100 books, CDs and VHS tapes available to members.
Meetings are at the Central Center at Centennial Park in Tulsa. For information contact Rusty Johnson at (918) 743-0403 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0, or access the club website at www.eowca.com. You can also find them on Facebook by searching Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers.