So this past Thursday I went up to Richmond and spent time with the James River Wood Carvers. It was about an hour to an hour and a half drive depending on traffic from my home. It was at the local Woodcraft store on West Broad Street in Glen Allen. They meet every Thursday, I believe the official time is 1:30 but I got there around 1:00 maybe a little after and there were people already there. I think it broke up around 3:30 or 4:00 and still people were staying around talking about painting techniques and more. There was almost every style of carving being represented the day I was there. It was a good time and I am sure I will be heading back up to carve with them when my schedule permits.
This is a must for any carver to get involved with other carvers whenever the opportunity presents itself. It’s not just the carving time but it is also the shared conversation during and after carving that brings value to the time invested. There must be some value to it if I am recommending it. For those who know me, I am not known to be one who joins in with groups or functions. This is just not part of my make-up, really, ask my wife. From the time Thursday, I was also connected with a carver about 30 minutes from my home. He and I got together on Friday and spent 3 to 3 ½ hours talking about carving, families and faith. We will in the next few weeks get together to carve and share tips and techniques that hopefully will benefit both of us.
If you have the time and you are near Richmond please go by to meet the carvers at Woodcraft on any given Thursday. They are there every week and are welcome to any and everyone who wants to carve. For those not near Richmond check in carving magazines and Woodcraft stores to see if there is a group near you. If you have the time to carve you have the time to carve with somebody.