In June, the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club members had the opportunity to learn about bark-carving. Two three-day classes were taught by member Loren Woodard of Sunrise Beach. The wood used was cottonwood bark. Students could carve a mountain man face or an Indian face on the cottonwood bark – learning about how to carve in the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hair, and about the facial measurements.
The students could also carve a whimsical house in the round. The wood is divided into two parts, so that the inside of the piece can be hollowed out and then put back together. That way the inside of the house can be seen through the windows. Details, such as windows, doors, stones, shingle roofs, stairs, and pathways, are carved on the outside of the house. The students learned a lot and enjoyed the fellowship of other carvers.
The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club meets every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the Camdenton United Methodist Church, with a carving project usually before the meeting. There’s also carving at the Laurie Senior Center on Wednesdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at the Camdenton Senior Center from 9 a.m. until lunchtime. Beginners are welcome.
For more information on the bark-carving call Loren Woodard at 573-480-2003, and for more information on the carving club call President Richard Wallace at 573-346-3859.