The benefits of Woodcarving are many. Obviously, it provides a creative outlet for those who wish to work with their hands. Every woodcarving is unique and different. Carvings can become gifts of lasting beauty and significance that can be handed down from generation to generation. Carving provides companionship as well. You can carve and visit at the same time, not disturbed by the constant noise of power equipment in the background. And the cost of entry into woodcarving is small - all you really need to get started is a good, sharp knife.

The Carving SIG meets three times a month at the home of Paul Volpp. Click here for directions. Beginning carvers are given special attention. We always have plenty of beginning woodcarving projects available at every meeting. In addition, we normally present a monthly featured project suitable for novice and intermediate carvers. Blanks (at cost) and instruction are provided for this featured project, and experienced carvers are always there, ready and willing to help. Many people also just bring a current project to work on while enjoying the companionship and creative atmosphere.

Along with our monthly meetings, we also sponsor professional woodcarving instructors who come to Reno and lead seminars. In the past, we have had Ron Ransom (Santa carving,) Wayne Barton (Chip Carving,) Bob Travis (Cowboy bust) and Chuck Solomon (realistic hummingbird.) Future seminar topics include caricature carving, carving a chess set, and relief carving.

If you have ever had the slightest urge to pick up a knife or gouge and start carving a piece of wood, we invite you to check out our group. Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Please give me a call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me for further information or to be put on our mailing list.

Paul Volpp, Woodcarving SIG Chairman

775-853-3432