Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
|2017 Artistry in Wood Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show
|Kettle Karvers hosted their 27th annual
woodcarving show and competition, Artistry in
Wood, on Saturday April 22. An enthusiastic
crowd joined members at the Lakers Ice Center in
This year's show included over 50 carvers.
County Line Products had a large supply of wood
for sale. Christian J. Hummul sold tools.
Concessions during the event were sold by the
Lakers Ice Center.
If you missed this year's show, join us next year
at the Lakers Ice Center for our 28th annual show
on April 21, 2018. Check out the show
information on Facebook.
Best of Show and Best in Class for the Novice classification
was awarded to Dave Vande Voort of Athelstane, WI. Dave
made history since this was the first time our club awarded
the Best of Show plate to a Novice entry.
Dave should also be very proud of himself since this is the
first time he showed his work or entered a competition.
The Artistry in Wood Best of Show plate was carved by Bob
The "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. Projects this year were peeling bark
or carving the fish keychain. New this year
was a project for younger children who
carved soap using tongue depressors.
Lori Gilbertson (shown with her daughter)
donates to the club to make this event
possible to honor her late husband Wayne
who was a Kettle Karvers member.
The 2017 featured carver was Rosemary Mohnsam of
Kiel, Wisconsin. Rosemary was introduced to carving by
member Bernice Ninedorf and her late husband Gene.
While taking some painting classes at Fox Valley Technical
College in Chilton, she met the Ninedorfs who were taking
the same class. Bernice mentioned that they were
woodcarvers and that sounded interesting to her so she
tried it. About 15 years ago, she took her first
woodcarving class at Chilton with Bill Wright as the
teacher. She absolutely loved it. Over the years, she
bought more tools, a
woodburner, and power
tools and continued taking
She prefers to carve
animals, birds, and
fish. She has also carved
caricatures and bark
Rosemary was also winner
of the People's Choice
Award. Attendees at the
show have the opportunity
to vote for the table of
their choice for this award.
Larry Lienau of rural Sheboygan conducted the 11 am
demonstration on intarsia. Intarsia is a woodworking
technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of
wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an
illusion of depth. This intricate style of woodworking takes
skill and attention to detail.
Chainsaw carver Dave Bartels of
Clintonville, Wisconsin, spent the
day out on the lawn. In addition to
sharing his carving skills, his work
is always available for sale. Contact
Dave at email@example.com if
you are interested in purchasing an
item or are looking for a chainsaw
carver for your project.
At 1 pm, Mike Schuler of Plymouth
demonstrated the art of woodburning.
Mike started woodburning about three
years ago, learning from videos and books.