Woodworkers carve niche in Clintonville

More than two dozen woodcarvers will display their creations during an event put on by the Columbus Chippers Woodcarving Club and the Whetstone Woodcarvers early next month.

The show and sale is set from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. For the third year in a row, the event, which dates back to 1973, will be held at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St.

Also for the third year in a row, according to longtime club President Paul Herbeck, the carvers will donate 10 percent of all sales to the center, which provides space for the group’s meetings free of charge.

As of late last week, Herbeck said between 25 and 30 carvers are expected to participate in this year’s show.

“With that many carvers, there should be a decent variety of things to see,” he said. “Some of the shows in the distant past were a lot larger.”

A variety of techniques and approaches to woodcarving will be on display. Some of the participants use knives to create their artwork, while others employ power tools, Herbeck said.

“They get pretty fancy,” he said.

The club’s membership, which was declining for a time, has remained mostly steady at around 25 the past several years, he said.

Admission to the show, which Herbeck hopes also serves as a recruiting tool for new woodcarvers, is free.

“Just come in and look,” Herbeck said. “If they’re interested in carving, all the carvers are interested in sharing their wisdom, their techniques.”

Demonstrations as well as information on carving classes, books on the subject, the variety of tools that can be used and the types of wood from which to select also will be featured.