In June, the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers Club held a caricature-carving seminar taught by Gary Falin from Alcoa, Tenn., at The Community of Christ Church at 42 Sunset Drive in Camdenton.

In June, the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers Club held a caricature-carving seminar taught by Gary Falin from Alcoa, Tenn., at The Community of Christ Church at 42 Sunset Drive in Camdenton.

Falin is a member of The Caricature Carvers of America, a group of 25 carvers who promote and encourage caricature woodcarving and growth in that skill. Caricature carving uses exaggeration of features (usually comically).

David Cummings also joined Falin, traveling from Knoxville, Tenn. He is a knife sharpener and carver. He was there for the carvers who needed to have their knife sharpened or shaped.

The students had their choice of projects including Native Americans, football players, cowboys, sheriffs, cowboy Santas, mountain men, and others. Falin spent time with each student shaping the facial features, boots, hands, wrinkles in clothes, etc. Some crazy–looking characters emerged out of the wood, some confused-looking, some mean, some smiling.

The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers Club meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Camdenton United Methodist Church. Beginners are welcome. 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.

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