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Texas Woodcarvers Guild
We expect to have our TWG 2017 Spring Round-Up information,
and registration system up October 1, 2016. Members will receive
an email announcing the website status update. If you are not
yet a TWG member check back here in early October.
TWG 2016 Spring Round-Up in the books
Thanks to all the TWG members and public who attended and participated in our 2016 Spring Round-Up. This was our last event in New Braunfels and it is always sad to leave old friends and familiar surroundings. However, it is also exciting to anticipate our 2017 Spring Round-Up April 1-7 in Cleburne, TX. The Cleburne Conference Center is a modern facility that should serve our needs nicely. Please plan to join us as we move to this new location to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Texas Woodcarvers Guild.
We are already planning some changes we will be making for the 2017 Spring Round-Up. Here is a brief summary of the 2016 Spring Round-Up. Sunday May 1, five vendors and 27 instructors setup for sales and seminars. Seminars ran Monday – Friday from 8:30 - 4:30. Monday evening’s Texas State Whittling Contest was won by Dave Stetson, the Intermediate winner was Derrick Mellberg, and Gretchen Midkiff won the Novice division. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings Dylan Goodson and David Borg taught mini classes. The TWG board meeting was Tuesday evening. Thursday we held our banquet, business meeting, and auction. Alan Heuston Vice President and Helen Havamann Secretary were elected to fill the vacancies by retiring Vice President Larry Miller and Secretary Marion Stewart. Tom Donze did a great job as our auctioneer. The auction brought in $1,800. A big thanks goes to Harry Seurkamp and all of his helpers for running the auction. Harry also managed the Carver’s Corner throughout the week.
Cal Stewart was awarded a President’s award for his photography of the 2015 Texas State Carving Championship., Jackie De Hon was awarded a President’s award for the Chip Chats article she wrote. You can read the article in the May-June 2016 issue of Chip Chats.
Dee and Carolyn Halbrook received the C-Max Award. The Charles Winsted “C-Max” Award is the highest award the Texas Woodcarvers Guild can bestow on a member for long term outstanding service to the Guild. Dee is the TWG web master and has helped us modernize and automate our website including the member database, online registration, including seminar enrollment and payment, plus many other member only features. It is a state-of-the-art website and the envy of other organizations. Carolyn is our resident chip carving instructor and was one of the judges of our carving competition this year. Their bios are an interesting read in the C-Max award booklet presented at the business meeting.
Friday afternoon after the carving seminars ended the Brazoria Club members did a great job reconfiguring the hall for the Saturday & Sunday Texas State Championship Carving competition Show and Sale. There were over 130 entries in the competition. Bill Killian won best of show and runner-up best of show with his wonderful fish carvings. The Best of Intermediate award went to Cheryl Coupland for her Iroquois carving and the Best of Novice winner was Ed Williams’ Gorilla carving.
Well-deserved open merit awards went to Jimmy Stewart (miniature girl with inner tube), Dylan Goodson, (Viking Warrior) and Herb Teasdale (Gorilla). Merit awards in the Intermediate Division went to Cheryl Coupland (Lotus Flower) and Donnie Stephenson for her Buffalo). Ray Fox won the novice merit for his cowboy carving.
Good bye New Braunfels, hello Cleburne.
Larry Miller – TWG Vice President (retired)
Jon Zubkus – TWG Show Chairman
Dan Gillen – TWG President