Oglebay Woodcarvers to Mark 40th Show

Photo Provided This carved Nativity Set will be awarded during the Oglebay Woodcarvers show during the Labor Day weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Oglebay Park’s Pine Room.

WHEELING — Wow! Has it already been 40 years of consecutive Oglebay Woodcarvers Shows?

Yes, answers current carvers president Clark Adams of Strabane, Pennsylvania. He said a small, struggling group of local folks chartered together in 1976, formed a club and three years later decided to present their works of wood art for public viewing. This first event occurred in the Stone House facility in Wheeling Park and was led by the late Leonard Subasic of Wheeling. The show later was moved to the larger and more prominent Oglebay Park Pine Room now renamed Crispen Center.

Presently the club membership is drawn from the tri-state region of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They meet twice weekly (Monday evening and Thursday morning) for carving sessions in the Stifel Fine Arts Center on National Road, Wheeling.

Again this year for the 40’th consecutive year Wheeling will host a number of talented and award-winning wood carvers to the Pine Room the weekend of Labor Day, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Pine Room is handicap accessible, air-conditioned, with drinks and sandwiches sold by the park. This display and instruction event is free of charge to all visitors. Woodcarvers works will be available to purchase.

Beautiful Oglebay Park offers other entertainment activities during this time which include swimming, golfing, hiking, evening music and fireworks.

“Upon entry, each visitor will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a nice locally produced carving,” said show chairman Clark Adams. Drawings will be once every hour during the show and the winner must be present to win. This raffle is well accepted by those who have won in the past and some even show appreciation by seeking out the carver who produced the carving.

In a room adjacent to the display room there will be a vast display of carving tools, aids, books, patterns, and supplies by Bob Stadtlander of Mantua, Ohio, and many species of carving wood in various sizes will be offered by Jim Lukens of Knightstown, Indiana.

Meanwhile, designer and builder John Dunkle, Archbold, Ohio, will be selling his vast array of specialty knives, gouges in various sizes and shapes. John always gives tips on sharpening tools and for a small fee will sharpen your tools.

Chances will be sold for a 15-piece Nativity Set carved by local members and other alternate prizes of Oglebay Gift cards and one grand prize of a paid week’s lodging in a cabin in Oglebay Park.

First-time visitors traveling from east or west should exit Interstate-70, at the Oglebay exit then take National Road to W.Va. 88, and follow the posted signs to Oglebay Park. Inside the park, follow the Woodcarvers signs to the Pine Room.

The Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of woodcarving through instruction, exhibitions, and demonstrations.

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