Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
|2016 Artistry in Wood Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show
The Kettle Karvers hosted their 26th annual woodcarving show and competition, Artistry in Wood, on
Saturday, April 16, 2016. After dealing with snow during the weeks preceding the show, April 16 was a
beautiful spring day and a large crowd of people joined members at the Lakers Ice Center in Sheboygan.
This year's show included over 50 carvers. County Line Products had a large supply of wood for sale. Christian
J. Hummul sold tools. Joanne Drinkwine had many used books and carving supplies for sale. A table selling
Dunkle knives and sharpening supplies was at our show this year. Concessions during the event were provided
by the Lakers Ice Center.
The 2016 featured carver was Gene Mathes of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Gene is
a very active member of Kettle Karvers Klub, volunteering a lot of his time and
talent to our various community service projects. Gene had long admired his
neighbor John Schumann's duck carvings. John finally got him started with
carving, and he joined Kettle Karvers shortly after. Gene branched out into all
types of carving, including chip carving. He also does scroll sawing. He enjoys
learning from his fellow Kettle Karvers members. Gene finds carving a great
pastime, especially during the winter months.
Best of Show and Best of Class
went to Ron Engen of Sussex,
Wisconsin, for his entry in Shorebirds
The Artistry in Wood Best of Show
plate was carved and donated to
the show by Bob Lawrence.
The Wayne Gilbertson Memorial "Kids Carve" class was held between 11:30 am and 1 pm. Children ages 12 and up, with a parent or
guardian present, joined a club member for a hands-on carving project. Lori Gilbertson donates to the club to make this event
possible to honor her late husband who was a Kettle Karvers member.
Tony Bartol of Plymouth conducted a tool forging primer and Richard Young of Manitowoc demonstrated tool sharpening during the
Dave Bartels of Clintonville, Wisconsin, spent the day out on the lawn demonstrating the art of chainsaw carving. In addition to
sharing his carving skills, his work is always available for sale. Contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in
purchasing an item or are looking for a chainsaw carver for your project.
If you missed this year's show, join us next year at the Lakers Ice Center for our 27th annual show on April 22, 2017. See you there!
Al Herwig was awarded the
Peoples' Choice Award for his
table at the show. Fellow members
know his tireless interaction with
visitors to our show won him this
award. Al has been a member of
Kettle Karvers for many years,
and we all look forward to his
stories during the Show & Tell
portion of our meetings.
The Best of Class-Novice winner was Judy Larson
of Howards Grove, Wisconsin, for her entry in
The Best of Class-Intermediate winner
was Mike Schuler of Plymouth,
Wisconsin, for his Relief Carving.