The Blackhawk Woodcarvers 13th Annual Carving Show & Competition Saturday, Aug. 4, is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the visitors center at Klehm Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. From 2700 S. Main St. (Illinois Hwy. 2), just follow the orange signs and flashing lights. Admission is $3 for adults; children 12 and younger get in free.
Visitors see wood carving displays, carving demonstrations and fine art carvings by Midwest artists in competition. Some original wood carvings are for sale, while others are awarded as attendance prizes. Vendors will sell carving tools, books and supplies. A caterer sells sandwiches, coffee and pop.
The judged show competition is divided into four classes: Youth, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. There are different categories for different kinds of carvings in each class. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in Advanced Class, based on originality, skill of execution, surface finish, complexity and overall presentation. Ribbons are awarded in all classes.
A new category this year is Spherical Carving Challenge. The carver starts with a 4-inch wood ball, usually basswood, and creates a finished piece that truly reflects its spherical origin. Sanding is permitted, but not any painting. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded.
Competitors register in advance by mail, and in person Friday from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. until judging starts at 8 a.m. All carvings will be carried in by hand, no commercial shipping.
For more about the Blackhawk Woodcarvers, call (815) 397-8910. For more about Klehm Arboretum, call (815) 965-8146.
from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue