NCWA meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop, 3141 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC from 2:00-4:00pm. We have a short meeting followed by the program. Carvers enjoy camaraderie, refreshments, and a chance at winning a raffle. Raffle money supports the cost of the website. Raffle tickets are sold for $1 each or 7 for $5. Carvers also receive a free raffle ticket for bringing carvings for show and tell.


Upcoming Programs

January 8, 2012

We will be having a program on the properties of wood and how to work with wood. Don’t miss it because you just may learn something that will improve your next carving!

Bring to the meeting:

– Raffle money (Supports hosting the website and gives you a chance to win fun wood-related items; $1 per chance/$5 per 7 chances)

– Show N’ Tell (Share what you are working on with your fellow woodcarvers and get a free raffle ticket.)

– Paper and pencil (You’ll want to jot down some of the interesting things you learn from the program.)

As usual, refreshments and good company will be provided.

Past Programs

April 2011

Inaugural meeting of NCWA.

Paul Rolfe discussed the history of woodcarving in America.

May 2011

Leon Harkin led an introduction to chip carving session, with an advanced Q&A session at the end.

June 2011

Vic Kirkman covered the highlights of the 41st Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival in Ocean City, MD. This show is the largest and longest running wildfowl carving competition in the world.

July 2011

Tim Trudgeon led a hands-on class on how to carve expressions from the master of expressions.

August 14, 2011

Jim McGuire shared different techniques to deal with non-kiln dried wood, from preventing cracking and splitting, to dealing with bug infestations.

September 11, 2011

Paul Rolfe reviewed techniques for hand sharpening and power sharpening knives, gouges, and chisels into razor sharp carving tools.

October 9, 2011

Danny Mills shared techniques for carving realistic eyes, including a discussion on proportions and a step-by-step carve-along.

November 13, 2011

Chuck Brooks led a session on carving a “5 minute” Santa ornament, including tips on how to adapt the plans to make elves.

December 11, 2011

We had a holiday celebration with a carved ornament exchange, refreshments, and music. Paul Rolfe then led us through how to carve a geometric Colonial star.

We are very thankful for all of the above talented instructors who took the time to plan and deliver these wonderful programs. The programs have been well attended and unanimously liked by those who have been fortunate enough to attend.


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