I’m looking forward to the “Magic in Wood” Pickering Carving Show next weekend. I’ve attended this show twice now and have enjoyed it a lot each time. Some very high quality carvings are presented both in the competition as well as in the table display areas. And it’s quite large, easily filling and over-filling the exhibition hall. A large number of vendors are there as well selling books, wood, chisels, knives, rotary carving bits and tools…well, just about everything that you can imagine as you think about what goes into the making of a wood carving.
Registration is Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The show is free and open to the public from mid-morning on Saturday until about supper time on Sunday. You can get all of the details by following the link at the side of this web-page for the Ontario Woodcarvers Association.
My two entries this year will be both in the category of caricatures: Hobo and Ned, who have been shown at the Canadian Carving Championship held in January at the Hamilton Warplane Museum; and the Louisiana Hound Trio, which was just recently completed. Both will be entered at the Open Level ( the levels are Novice, Intermediate and Open ) where there will sure to be some fantastic carvings joining them.
It’s so odd that I’ve been carving as long as I have been and only started going to these shows starting a couple of years ago. If you find yourself in the same boat, don’t wait!…start going to the shows!…they are a lot of fun, you end up enjoying a weekend with people who share the same interest and you go home more motivated than ever to create something new.