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October 13, 2011

Woodcarvers coming next week

To you or me, a block of wood is a block of wood — but to one of the Mustang Draw Woodcarver’s Club members, it’s a work of art waiting to happen.
The club will hold its annual Show and Sale beginning Monday at Dora Roberts Community Center. There, you can purchase almost any kind of artwork done in wood. And, if you have the hankering, you can learn a thing or two about the craft yourself.
As part of the annual exhibition, club members will hold classes from Monday to Thursday on various forms of woodcarving, ranging from beginner’s work to more advanced art.
The club will provide all the supplies you’ll need for the classes — “we’ll even supply the Band-Aids if you cut yourself,” member James Fryar said. All you need to provide is the cash and the enthusiasm.
Classes scheduled for this year are:
• Beginner’s class taught by Fryar. Cost is $5.
• Lloyd Claxton will instruct a class on hand-carved Christmas tree ornaments. Cost is $5.
• A class on relief carving, taught by Jim Stewart of Odessa, will cost $20.
On Friday, the club will hold its annual show, where items submitted by club members will be judged in a variety of categories, ranging from caricatures to religious items. The top two awards will be Best in Show and People’s Choice. The last award will be voted on by the public attending the final day sale.
Fryar and fellow club member Monroe Casey said the sale will be an excellent time for people to buy unique gifts. In addition, there will be drawings for a hand-carved Noah’s Ark and a Christmas tree replete with hand-carved ornaments.
There is no admission charge to the sale.
This is the club’s only fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will pay for both the show and other club expenses during the year, Fryar said.
There is no admission charge to the sale.
This is the club’s only fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will pay for both the show and other club expenses during the year, Fryar said.
The club, which had as few as 20 members in recent years, now has more than 50 enthusiasts attending the club meetings, which are held the third Monday of every month at the Sibley Center in Midland.
The reason membership has blossomed, Casey said, is simple — the craft appeals to everybody.
“We’ve got a retired college professor, and we’ve got some guys who never finished school,” Casey said. “We’ve got welders, housewives, men, women, children, you name it.”
People wanting an advance sneak peek at some of the items which will be on displayed are invited to visit the group’s booth which will be in front of the east door of the Big Spring Wal-Mart starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
For more information on this year’s event, contact Fryar at 399-4510 or 270-2510

Contact Staff Writer Steve Reagan at 263-7331 ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@bigspringherald.com

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