The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers Club recently held a creative caricature-carving seminar at The Community of Christ Church in Camdenton. Instructor Gary Falin of Alcoa, Tenn. taught the course.

The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers Club recently held a creative caricature-carving seminar at The Community of Christ Church in Camdenton. Instructor Gary Falin of Alcoa, Tenn. taught the course.

Falin, a member of the Caricature Carvers of America club, is one of only 25 members who promote and encourage this unique style of woodcarving and growth in that particular art form (usually comical) in the United States.

Knoxville, Tenn. native, David Cummings, also joined Falin in helping with the course. Cummings is a knife sharpener and carver who was on hand with his sharpening skills to assist other carvers easier complete their projects.

Students carved their choice of a number of subjects. Many crazy and humorous characters emerged out of basswood with the help of Falin, who instructed on carving facial features, boots, hands, beards, wrinkled clothing and much more.

"The best part of teaching woodcarving classes is seeing old friends and the banter between the people," said Falin. Students enjoyed the course and their creations, including Phil Gentry who said, "People are best when they are being creative and it shows in their projects and interaction with the other class members."

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 and encouraged to attend. Open carving takes place weekly at area senior centers. For more information on how you can attend classes or join the club, contact club president Stan Kasiske at (417) 532-3999 or visit the club's website at www.lakeozarkswoodcarvers.org. Open to anyone with interest.