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Fifth Annual Wood Carvers Roundup

The Annual Wood Carvers Roundup June 11-14 in Evart Michigan is about to commence for the fifth time. This growing event is becoming a favorite among wood carvers; some even plan their vacations around it. Last year we 'rounded-up' over 500 carvers. The Michigan Wood Carvers Association and many of its 30 member clubs support this event.

Looking for an economical way to get wood carvers together to have the opportunity to learn different forms of carving or whittling, we came up with this relaxed social event. Have you always wanted to try a different carving method, chip carving, chain sawing, relief carving or wood burning? This is the place you are able to try out the many different ways you can carve wood. We don't offer seminar type classes, but rather open mini-workshops where you can either watch or participate in the different forms of carving. These open classes are usually from a couple hours long, either a morning or an afternoon, to one day. You may even be able to visit many different workshops in a day. Some will be limited and other leaders will help all they can handle.

Folks can plan to attend for just one day or plan to hang around with these people with knives for the entire four days. Very few workshops have sign up sheets, it is more on a first come basis and some classes actually revolve as carvers come and go during the day. Most sessions are such that you can start at one, receive enough pointers and instructions to be able to finish the project at a later time and thus are able to wander around and maybe catch another workshop.

We also have some non-carving workshops. Our Kuilter's Korner has really turned into an event all it's own with many attendees. Craft workshops do materialize from volunteers who accompany the carvers.

Food is available daily on the grounds by the local Lions Club. Wednesday evening we have our carver's potluck where everyone is invited. Saturday afternoon is also our annual all day carvers Hobo stew cooked over the open campfire. Where else can you carve, visit with friends and eat well?

Come and camp on the grounds for $10 per night. If you are not a camper the Super 8 Motel next to the fairgrounds is giving a special regular room rate of $53.10 for those who call direct to 231-734-0470 and state they are with the wood carvers. For more Roundup information or other accommodations in the area please check the web site at http://woodcarversroundup.com or email Sandy at civildee@netonecom.net or phone 231-734-5125; or Virginia at roselady@netonecom.net or call 231-734-9131.

We'll leave the campfire on for ya!!

If you have to miss our Roundup be sure and attend the 1st Northeast Woodcarvers Retreat, a spin-off from the Roundup, being held July 20-24 in Honesdale PA, check their website: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/gareinfried/myhomepage/index.html?mtbrand=AOL_US
This event is hosted by none other than Carving Jack Miller and George Reinfried from Pennsylvania