The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club held a realistic animal and Santa carving class in April at The Community of Christ Church at 42 Sunset Drive in Camdenton.

The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club held a realistic animal and Santa carving class in April at The Community of Christ Church at 42 Sunset Drive in Camdenton.

Jim Willis of Kansas City, who has been carving for at least 35 years and is well known for his realistic animals and his bottle stoppers, taught the class.

Willis brought with him several rough-outs to choose from including a wolf project, elk, buffalo, mule, fox, Santas, and more. With one-on-one instruction, Willis showed the students about animal structure, texturing and woodburning the fur, carving the eyes, and the other details to make their Santas or animals beautiful and realistic.

The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Camdenton United Methodist Church. Beginners are welcome. There is usually a carving project around 4 before the meeting.

Also, there is open carving weekly at the senior center at the following places: in Laurie on Wednesdays from 12:15; in Camdenton on Thursdays at 9; the new senior center in Osage Beach on Osage Beach Parkway on Tuesdays at 9 and also the first and second Thursdays. In Lebanon there is a carving group on Wednesdays at 9 at the Peggy Summers Library.

For more information. call President Stan Kasiske at 417-532-3999. The club’s web-site is: lakeozarkswoodcarvers.org.