The 2022 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr. Admission for the event is a $3 donation.
The show features exhibits by carvers, carving instructors, tool vendors, and wood vendors. Door prizes will be given every 30 minutes with three large door prizes given at the end of the show.
Hundreds of exhibits in 27 categories of carving will be available for viewing after judging is completed. Categories of carvings include animals, birds, flowers, mythical creatures, jewelry, carousel animals, knife carvings, wooden toys, spoons, gourds, bowls, and wood burning. Most categories also include subcategories like types of birds. Both members and non-members may enter the competition. Ribbons will be awarded according to points received.
Entries will be judged by Adair Rucker and Rich Wetherbee.
Rally on the Rio
The Woodcarving Show will be followed by the Rally on the Rio, six days of carving classes with nationally known instructors. The Rally on the Rio will be held January 17 through January 22 at the Nomad Shrine Club.
The rally is an opportunity for woodcarvers of all skill levels, and those wanting to learn, to participate in carving, pyrography and painting classes. Classes vary in length from one to six days, according to the complexity of the project. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and end for the day at 4:30 p.m. You can register online at https://www.rgvwoodcarvers.org/the-rally-on-the-rio/.
Instructors include Tony Dill teaching Aspen Walking Stick, Mountain Man Face and Carving a Santa; Fernando Gutierrez with Power Carving; Dennis Horstman with Willow Canes and Walking Sticks; Chip Carving by Jan Jenson; and many more. Other instructors include Gen Kreyling, Brenda Lodermeier, Jim Long, Lance Rath, Adair Rucker, Patty Rucker, Harry Seurkamp, Fred and Elaine Stenman, Jim Thalacker, George Vaughn and Rich Wetherbee.
For more information, visit rgvwoodcarvers.org.
The Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers, founded in 1983, meet weekly at 8 a.m. on Thursday mornings, October through March, at the Nomad Shrine Club. Carvers of any skill level are always welcome. Visitors are always welcome to look over a shoulder and ask questions.