Utah Val­ley Wood­carvers cre­ate beauty

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Mary Dame

In 1992 my hus­band Gary and I were tak­ing a oil paint­ing class In Ben­jamin, Utah at the Hone’s stu­dio once a week. The artist teach­ing the class had been given per­mis­sion by the Hone’s to use the stu­dio for this pur­pose. But there was much more there than I had ex­pected. The owner, Keith Hone and his son Craig were Master Carvers. My love of art in the round came from go­ing down there once a week to learn oil paint­ing and to mar­vel at the beau­ti­ful carv­ings ev­ery­where in the stu­dio. My de­sire was so strong to learn to carve that when Keith and Craig said they were go­ing to teach a class on carv­ing a chick­adee, I had to be in it. I had never carved be­fore ex­cept for ru­in­ing a cou­ple of bars of soap and hid­ing them from my Mom. My de­sire was so high that when Gary was away on business, I took a week off of work and went to Ben­jamin. I have never stopped carv­ing since. It is my joy and my peace. I now carve ev­ery­thing I can get my hands on and I have tried many dif­fer­ent kinds of carv­ings from tiny lit­tle chip carv­ing knives to big old chain saws.

My love for birds has been the sub­ject of many of my carv­ings, and I have taken classes all over the United States from Sal­is­bury, Maryland, to Gara­baldi, Ore­gon. I have been blessed with an over­whelm­ing de­sire to help oth­ers learn this won­der­ful hobby. It started with me just tak­ing classes, then more classes, then as­sist­ing my good friend Susan Hen­drix in teach­ing classes here and there for our club. Then she talked me into help­ing her with the Wood­carv­ing Show, and then to be­ing in charge of the show. I have now been in­volved with the show and the club for nine years. I also help teach carv­ing and paint­ing at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­ter in Payson ev­ery Tues­day. I can’t think of a bet­ter way to fill my time and since I have re­tired, carv­ing is a ma­jor part of

my life. We have a won­der­ful club, the Utah Val­ley Wood­carvers, that meets ev­ery 2nd urs­day of the month at Tree­line, in Provo. Tree­line is a place that I call a “carvers par­adise” be­cause they have ev­ery­thing a per­son could want for carv­ing, from knives and chis­els to power carv­ing tools and books. We also meet from 1:00 to 4:00 in what we call “open carv­ing” on urs­days, again at Tree­line, where we teach oth­ers how to carve, and help oth­ers to have the same ad­dic­tion we have. We are plan­ning yet again another won­der­ful Carv­ing Show this year in Span­ish Fork at the Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Build­ing on 400 North and Main Street, on Oc­to­ber 10th and 11th. I am Show Chair­man again this year and we have some great things planned in­clud­ing a draw­ing for a rock­ing horse frog. Bob Dai­ley, one of our carvers, made it and I painted it. Our friend Leah God­dard is com­ing from Florida, to sell her rough outs and teach us how to carve so look­ing re­al­is­tic an­i­mal hair. She was here last year also and ev­ery­one loved her and asked that she come back. We will have some Chain Saw carvers com­ing that Jim Valen­tine, our own Chain saw artist, is round­ing up and Je Wolfe, a lo­cal artist, is com­ing to show us how he cre­ates in clay the beau­ti­ful sculp­tures he does. We also have Tree­line set­ting up ta­bles to sell us carv­ing “stu ” and Dale Tay­lor set­ting a ta­ble to sell us safety gear for that carv­ing “stu .” It is a ju­ried Show and we usu­ally have 150 to 200 beau­ti­ful carv­ings en­tered. is year you will be able to reg­is­ter your projects on­line at our web­site www.uvwc.org. Just click on Show Reg­is­tra­tion at the top of the page and ll out the pa­per­work. Please join us, you will love it. As you can see I am a carv­ing nut, and I hope to help you all en­joy carv­ing as much as I do, if not to do it, then to love look­ing at it. I have been carv­ing for about 22 years and would love to see many of you take up this great pass time. We all need to be in the right side of our brain, the cre­ative side, for a while and feel the hap­pi­ness that it brings for days a er. Come and en­joy!

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Mary Dame cre­at­ing a small wooden star at the Utah County Fair to give away. See her beau­ti­ful Mer­lin perched be­hind her. In­set: Del­i­cately crafted by Mary Dame this Mer­lin took over 100 hours to carve and paint.

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Best of Show for the Utah County fair. A wood­carved Kes­tral by Mary Dame of Span­ish Fork.

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