ABOUT US

Chip-carved jewelry box by Hank Bruett

Chip-carved jewelry box by Hank Bruett

 OUR REGULAR CWA MEETING TIME AND PLACE SEEM TO HAVE STABILIZED DURING 2016.

MEETING PLACE:  WOODCRAFT SHOP, 9523 FOLSOM BLVD, SACRAMENTO, CA  95827

BUSINESS MEETINGS ARE HELD FROM 10:00 AM. UNTIL 1:00 P.M.  ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH.  (BUSINESS MEETING IS 20 MINUTES LONG) AND THEN WE CARVE FOR THE REST OF THE TIME

OUR “CARVING NIGHT” HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A “CARVING DAY” FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL ABOUT 1:00 P.M. ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH.  DURING THE SUMMERTIME, WE CARVE ON BOTH MEETING DAYS

CAPITAL WOODCARVERS ASSOCIATION OF SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (Established July 1972

CAPITAL WOODCARVERS ASSOCIATION (CWA) is a tax exempt woodcarving club organized to promote the art of woodcarving and improve the skill of its members.  There are currently approximately 100 members in good standing who meet on the second Wednesday of each month for business, and on the fourth Wednesday of each month for carving demonstrations and group projects.  During the summer months, both meetings are carving days.  Business meetings resume in September.  Approximately 20 members attend the business meetings, and 25 members currently participate in the group carving day projects.  Both of these club meetings run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodcraft Shop, 9523 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95827.

For the most part, carving is performed with small, sharp hand tools with carvers seated at work tables.  For safety reasons, carvers must be age 18 or older.  Younger carvers may attend if they are accompanied by an adult.

Traveler, carved by Andrew Hiroshima

Traveler, carved by Andrew Hiroshima

CWA sponsors and hosts a two-day (weekend) annual exhibition and judging show, which is usually held on the first weekend in May in the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on H Street in Sacramento, CA.  The 2016 Show was held on the weekend of May 21 & 22.    This is a public show where carving competition winners are exhibited, raffle prizes are awarded, refreshments are provided for sale and carving skills are demonstrated by CWA members as a means of interesting potential new members into joining the club.  Show activities sometimes include demonstrations of chainsaw carving, the turning of small objects on wood lathes, and mallet and chisel carvings.  Weekend attendance at the show averages around 1500 people.  For the past two years, we have included gourd carvers in our show; a wonderful addition to the show.

Caricature carving by Nelson Krouse

Nelson’s outhouse

CWA sponsors weekend Major Seminars taught by nationally known carving/artist instructors, and student capacity is limited to (12) twelve.  On the average, there are approximately 2-3 seminars in a year.  Sign-ups are on a “first come/first serve” basis.  CWA also sponsors Saturday one day Mini Seminars conducted by club members with advanced skills in a variety of subjects, e.g., tool sharpening, wood painting, chip carving, Santas, Little People, etc.  Mini Seminar attendance is not usually limited, and fees are minimal.

CWA sponsors a group carving session and potluck on every Monday at Shirley Coffelt’s private shop on 4651 Moddison Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95819 from 2:00 p.m. to around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.  Stay as long as you want.  Participants work on a project of their choice and share carving information and skill development techniques of mutual interest.  There is also a potluck for those who are interested.  Coffee is always available at a nominal fee.  This is a chance to share good talk, good food and lots of carving information with good people, in an informal atmosphere.

Caricature lineman and caber-tosser by Nelson Krouse

Caricature lineman and caber-tosser by Nelson Krouse

To join CWA, the cost is $25 per year for one person, and $30 per year for a family.  Membership application is attached.   CWA membership app. Rev 2016

CWA has a monthly newsletter, The Sacramento Shavin’s, that is emailed to club members each month.

Each year, there is a CWA potluck picnic and a catered Christmas party and gift exchange of hand-carved gifts.

For more information about woodcarving – on a statewide level, please contact California Carvers Guild at http://cacarversguild.org

5 Responses to ABOUT US

  1. Marie says:

    Free 50 year old cherry burled tree trunk. you cut. contact, spookie@softcom for more info.

  2. Andrew Deleon says:

    I have a friend who has recently started selling firewood. She occasionally receives cottonwood which is horrible as a firewood. We have read that artisans like it for carving. If your organization or members are In need of any I will pass on her info. Thank you for your time.

  3. Lee says:

    Hi… is there anyone in your group who does chip carving that teaches classes? I’m a gourder who is interested in chip carving gourds with a simple U-shaped gouge and any other tools that lend themselves well to gourds.

    Thanks!
    Lee

    • chefamb says:

      Hi Lee,
      We do have a couple of club members who teach chip carving. I am not sure about when they are available though. Please contact our chairman for small seminars, Jim Hunter. His contact information should be listed on the “Officers” page.

      Thank you for your interest,
      ab

  4. Fred pfeffer says:

    I need some one that can carv a wooden banjo resonator Gipson florentine I will of course pay for it I have the complete banjo but the resonator is not finished my phone nr is 916.519.6950 thanks for getting back to me Fred pfeffer

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