Woodcarvers' show and sale starts Monday

To most of us, a block of wood pretty much looks like a block of wood. To a woodcarver, however, it's a canvas.Members of the Mustang Draw Woodcarver's Club will both display their works of art and teach you a thing or two about their craft when their annual Show and Sale begins Monday at the Dora Roberts Community Center.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. Costs vary, but club members say they are quite affordable.Classes scheduled for this year are:• Beginner's class taught by James Fryar.• Lloyd Claxton will instruct a class on bark carvings.• A class on relief carving will be taught by Jim Stewart of Odessa.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 Claxton 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.The club, which had as few as 20 members in recent years, now has more than 40 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.