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Annual Woodcarving Show


The Rochester Woodcarvers Club produces an annual woodcarving show to offer the public an opportunity to see the wide variety of carving styles performed by club members.


SAVE THE DATE!
2018 Rochester Woodcarvers 42nd Annual Show
March 17-18, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm each day
 4-H Building
Graham Park
(formerly Olmsted County Fairgrounds)
1508 Aune Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
map to the building
Free Admission
Carvings, wood, and tools for sale
To plan even farther ahead, here are our future dates:
  • 43rd Annual Show will be held March 23-24, 2019
  • 44th Annual Show will be held March 21-22, 2020

Questions about being an exhibitor/vendor at the show?
Send an email with a thorough description of your plan/question to rochcarve@gmail.com.



41st Annual Carving Show - March 25-26, 2017
 


The 41st Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 25-26, 2017 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Mike Snyder - Featured Carver - The Rochester Woodcarvers Club Board of Directors selected Mike Snyder as the Featured Carver for the 2017 Annual Show. Mike has a long history of a variety of officer responsibilities as well as behind the scenes support. In the photos, you'll see that Mike has a wide variety of carving and puzzle interests. Check out his work!

Raffle carvings - Each year, our Rochester Woodcarvers Club members and friends like the Zumbro Valley Woodturners, donate wonderful items to the club that we can use for our raffle. Because we have such high quality items that attract our visitors who generously purchase raffle tickets for their favorite items, we generate enough revenue so that we can offer free admission to all our guests. Thanks again to all those who donated and supported our raffle!

People's choice carvings - Active Rochester Woodcarvers Club members have the opportunity to enter a carving into our People's Choice competition where our club members and show visitors can vote for their favorite carvings. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. Photos of the top three carvings will be used in promotional materials for the next year's show. 1st place was awarded to Ben Manor for his "Rocky Mountain Elk", 2nd place went to Terry Johnson for his "Self Employed" scene depicting a Moonshiner's project and a Revenuer's dream, 3rd place went to Cheryl Jones for her Bull Moose at the lake relief. Congratulations to these three, thank you to those participating and a huge thanks to those voting!

Candid photos from the show - Wayne Hendrickson helped out again this year by creating this collection of candid photos of the show. Thanks Wayne, it is great to have these memories of all our friends and visitors!

Media Coverage
2017 FOX47-TV visit - (click here) Anchor/reporter Tori Bokios stopped by to visit our show.
2017 Post Bulletin review - (click here) Reporter Jeff Kiger and photographer Elizabeth Nida Obert stopped by the show.

Video created by Edward "Mike" Wick

2017 Annual Show - (click here) to see a video prepared by Mike Wick showing a review of our show complete with music and surprises! Mike Wick looks for interesting wood projects and posts them on a Sons of Norway District 1 Facebook page. In his search, he found the Rochester Woodcarvers Annual Show information and decided to see what we were all about. Mike took all the photos in this video and prepared the music, Photoshop editing and final product to share with us. Thanks Mike! You can check out other videos Mike has created on YouTube at (click here).

2017 Advertising/Publicity Information

2017 Show flyer - (click here) to see the 2017 color flyer, print your own copy and share as you like!
2017 Show bookmarks - (click here) to see the 2017 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!



40th Annual Carving Show - March 19-20, 2016



The 40th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 19-20, 2016 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Chuck and Bev Stupca - Featured Carvers - Club members Chuck and Bev Stupca were selected to be the 2016 Featured Carvers for the show. Chuck and Bev brought their collection of carvings to display on the featured carver table and demonstrated a wide variety of carving skills. Check out their carvings!

Raffle carvings - We had 43 raffle items (carvings and other items) offered this year by our club members and the Zumbro Valley Woodturners. These items generate income so that we can offer free admission to our show. Check out the quality of these carvings and turnings and you'll see why our visitors travel so far to our show each year to attend! (Note: one item donated was a single "bark-on" walking stick blank that was not photographed... sorry...)

People's choice carvings - The People's Choice carving competition always brings some interesting carvings for display and creates a great deal of suspense until the results are announced. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was awarded to Terry Johnson for "Bossy" and Farmer, 2nd place went to Carl Beckendorf for "Moose Antler-Eagle" and there was a tie for third place, Steve Thalacker for "Grizzly Bear" and LaVerne Schettl for "At the Waterhole". Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising.

Candid photos from the show - Our club "paparazzi" - Wayne Hendrickson - was busy again this year taking photos of people and experiences at the show. It is always good to see all the people you might have missed during the weekend. Thanks Wayne!

Television coverage!!!:
2016 KTTC-TV preview - (click here) to see Bob Nowicki talk about the 2016 Rochester Woodcarvers Show.
2016 FOX news preview - (click here) to see Bob Nowicki talk about the 2016 Rochester Woodcarvers Show.

2016 Advertising/Publicity Information
2016 Show flyer - (click here) to see the 2016 color flyer, print your own copy and share as you like!
2016 Show bookmarks - (click here) to see the 2016 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!



39th Annual Carving Show - March 22-23, 2015



The 39th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 22-23, 2015 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Wayne Hendrickson - Featured Carver - Club member Wayne Hendrickson was selected to be the 2015 Featured Carver for the show. Wayne brought his collection of carvings to display on the featured carver table an demonstrated a wide variety of carving skills. Check out Wayne's carvings!

Raffle carvings - We had 47 raffle items (carvings and other items) offered this year by our club members and the Zumbro Valley Woodturners. These items generate income so that we can offer free admission to our show. Check out the quality of these carvings and turnings and you'll see why our visitors travel so far to our show each year to attend!

People's choice carvings - The People's Choice carving competition always brings some interesting carvings for display and creates a great deal of suspense until the results are announced. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was awarded to Terry Brugger for "Brown Trout, 2nd place went to LaVerne Schettl for "Nativity set" and Norm Busta earned 3rd place for "Pair of Bullheads". Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising.

Candid photos from the show - Our club "paparazzi" - Wayne Hendrickson - was busy again this year taking photos of people and experiences at the show. It is always good to see all the people you might have missed during the weekend. Thanks Wayne!

Television coverage:
2015 MyFox47-TV Interview - (click here) to see Bob Nowicki talk about the 2015 Rochester Woodcarvers Show.
2015 KTTC-TV Interview - (click here) to see Wayne Hendrickson as the 2015 Featured Carver at the show.
2015 KTTC-TV Return visit - (click here) to see a quick review of the woodcarvers show on Saturday!

2015 Advertising/Publicity Information
2015 Color show flyer - (click here) to see the 2015 color flyer and print your own copy.
2015 Show bookmarks - (click here) to see the 2015 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!



38th Annual Carving Show - March 22-23, 2014



The 38th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 22-23, 2014 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Terry Johnson - Featured Carver - Club member Terry Johnson was selected to be the 2014 Featured Carver for the show. Terry brought his collection of carvings to display on the featured carver table an demonstrated a wide variety of carving skills. Check out Terry's carvings!

Terry Johnson - interviewed on KAAL-TV - KAAL-TV stopped by our show to talk with Terry Johnson and included video of several other carvers and visitors.

Raffle carvings - We had 49 raffle items (carvings and other items) offered this year by our club members. These items generate income so that we can offer free admission to our community. Check out the quality of these carvings and you'll see why our visitors travel so far to our show each year to participate!

People's choice carvings - The People's Choice carving competition always brings some interesting carvings for display and creates a great deal of suspense until the results are announced. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was awarded to Chuck Johnson for "Two Good Old Boys", 2nd place went to John Rownd for a "Screech Owl on a post with wire" and Terry Brugger earned 3rd place for "Forest Treasure". Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising.

Candid photos from the show - Our club "paparazzi" - Wayne Hendrickson - was busy again this year taking photos of people and experiences at the show. It is always good to see all the people you might have missed during the weekend. Thanks Wayne!

2014 Advertising/Publicity Information
2014 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2014 color flyer and print your own copy.
2014 Show bookmarks - click here to see the 2014 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!


37th Annual Carving Show - March 23-24, 2013


  
The 37th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 23-24, 2013 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Bob Nowicki - Featured Carver - Club member Bob Nowicki was selected to be the 2013 Featured Carver for the show. This special designation provides Bob with the entry table so all show visitors will have a chance to congratulate him and see his carving display. Check out Bob's carvings to see the variety and detail of his carving skills.

Raffle carvings - We had 50 raffle items (carvings and other items) offered this year by our club members. These items generate income so that we can offer free admission to our community. Check out the quality of these carvings and you'll see why our visitors travel so far to our show each year to participate!

People's choice carvings - The People's Choice carving competition always brings some interesting carvings for display and creates a great deal of suspense until the results are announced. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was a tie between Carl Beckendorf for his "Horse" and Norm Busta for his "Fish Display". 3rd place was a tie between Angie Zeimetz for her "Cabin relief", Dorrine Busta for her "Wood-burned Barn", and Terry Brugger for his "Rainbow Trout". Considering the number of People's Choice votes counted, it is amazing there could be two "ties" but it just demonstrates how close the voting and competition can really be! Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising.

Candid photos from the show - Our club "paparazzi" - Wayne Hendrickson - captured the people and experiences at the show. It is always good to see all the people you might have missed during the weekend. Thanks Wayne!

2013 Advertising/Publicity Information
2013 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2013 color flyer and print your own copy.
2013 Show bookmarks - click here to see the 2013 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!


36th Annual Carving Show - March 24-25, 2012

   

The 36th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 24-25, 2012 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Chuck Johnson - Featured Carver - Club member Chuck Johnson was selected to be the 2012 Featured Carver for the show. This special designation provides Chuck with the entry table so all show visitors will have a chance to congratulate him and see his carving display.

Raffle carvings - We had 50 raffle items (carvings and other items) offered this year by our club members. These items generate income so that we can offer free admission to our community. Check out the quality of these carvings and you'll see why our visitors travel so far to our show each year to participate!

People's choice carvings - The People's Choice carving competition always brings some interesting carvings for display and creates a great deal of suspense until the results are announced. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was awarded to Ben Manor for "The Bear", 2nd place to John Rownd for his "Musical Mice", and 3rd place went to Norm Busta for his "Fish Display". Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising.

Candid photos from the show - Wayne Hendrickson once again was our "roving" photographer capturing the people and experiences at the show. It is always good to see all the people you might have missed during the weekend. Thanks Wayne!

KTTC-TV coverage of our show - Check out this link to see KTTC-TV's coverage of our show and the interview with featured carver - Chuck Johnson.

2012 Advertising/Publicity Information
2012 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2012 color flyer and print your own copy.
2012 Show bookmarks
- click here to see the 2012 bookmark, print your own copy and cut them on the lines!


35th Annual Carving Show - March 26-27, 2011
 
   

The 35th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 26-27, 2011 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Ron Bymers - Featured Carver - Ron Bymers was recognized as the featured carver at the 2011 Rochester Woodcarvers annual show held March 26-27, 2011. Ron began carving in 1988 after meeting George Jones, a local wood carving instructor who influenced many current wood carvers. Now as an experienced hobbyist, Ron says wood carving is very satisfying because it gives him the opportunity to display his artistic talents in wood with his own hands. While Ron has completed carvings in many different styles including relief and chip, realistic and caricature carvings, especially of people are his favorite. Ron’s family and friends have been the lucky recipients of many wood carved items over the years. He had many examples of his carvings on display at the show. Ron became a Rochester Woodcarvers club member in 1988 and has served the club in a variety of leadership and support positions.

Raffle carvings - The Rochester Woodcarvers Annual Show offers free admission and no table fees for our exhibitors. Our exhibitors donate carvings to the club for use in a raffle that generates income to pay for our event expenses. Each year, our carvers "raise the bar" for the quality, variety, and "wantability" of the items. Our visitors (and many club members) buy raffle tickets on the chance they will be a lucky winner and take home their favorite carving.

People's choice carvings - Visitors to the Rochester Woodcarvers show can review a selected set of carvings and vote for their top three favorites. Carvings are returned to the owners at the end of the show. 1st place was awarded to Ben Manor for his "Mountain Magic Elk", 2nd place to Russ Scott for his "Cowboy and Horse", and 3rd place went to Terry Johnson for his "Cabin in the Woods". Look for photos of these carvings to be on next year's show advertising!

Candid photos from the show - Wayne Hendrickson has been taking our "candid" photos of the show for several years. His collection of photographs document the wide variety of carvings on display as well as the exhibitors and visitors at the show. Thanks Wayne! Your efforts preserve great memories of our events!

2011 Advertising/Publicity Information
2011 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2011 flyer and print your own copy!


34th Annual Carving Show - March 20-21, 2010

     

The 34th Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 20-21, 2010 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Elinor Lamb - Featured Carver - Elinor Lamb was selected by the club officers as the 2010 Featured Carver. Elinor began carving in 1979 after visiting a woodcarving museum and learning about what could be done with wood. While she started carving birds, Elinor has ventured into several different styles of carving including realistic figures, caricature, chip, and relief. To give back to her community, Elinor taught community education classes in southeastern Minnesota, sharing her knowledge and skills with other aspiring carvers. As featured carver, Elinor displayed several completed carvings throughout the show.

Raffle carvings - The 2010 Rochester Woodcarvers show was supported by very generous carvers offering their work to the club and those visitors and carvers buying raffle tickets. The raffle generates the revenue we need to offer free admission to the show - so no one will feel they cannot attend. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's show a success!

People's choice carvings - Rochester Woodcarvers Show visitors can vote for their favorite "People's Choice" carving at the show. The top three vote getters are selected to highlight the next year's show in advertising and other publicity. For 2010, Steve Murray won first place for his man reading a book, Gary Berg won second place for his two men talking at the Blarney Pub, and Scott Mogren won third place for his trio of woodburned crappies. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite carving! You play an important role in helping us pick your favorite carving!

Additional photos by Wayne Hendrickson - Wayne Hendrickson took time to catch many of our exhibitors and visitors participating in this year's show. Thanks for your help Wayne, your photos are always great!

2010 Advertising/Publicity Information
2010 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2010 flyer and print your own copy!

RahRahRochester -  a part of the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with Bob Nowicki to highlight our show as a community event. Watch Bob in the second segment of the the video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOVWjuwUb5Q.


33rd Annual Carving Show - March 28-29, 2009

   

The 33rd Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 28-29, 2009 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Tom Pike - Featured Carver - The annual Rochester Woodcarvers show allows us to recognize a club member for outstanding service to the club and community by naming them the "featured carver." For 2009, Tom Pike was named the featured carver and greeted our visitors as they entered the show. Congratulations Tom and thanks for all you do for the club!

Raffle carvings - The 2009 Rochester Woodcarvers show was supported by very generous carvers offering their work to the club and those visitors and carvers buying raffle tickets. The raffle generates the revenue we need to offer free admission to the show - so no one will feel they cannot attend. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's show a success!

People's choice carvings - The Rochester Woodcarvers annual show includes a special opportunity for our visitors and club members to vote for their favorite carving from those entered into the People's Choice competition. There is no prize, ribbon, award, or cash for the winners - they just have the satisfaction of knowing that they have the most votes! The 2009 show concluded with Norm Busta in first place for his lifelike walleye, Jim Walts in second with his eagle, and Cheryl Jones finished third with her playful polar bear. Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite carving - we'll see you next year!

Additional photos by Wayne Hendrickson - Wayne Hendrickson is a long time club member, past president, and "help get it done" kind of guy. He also loves taking pictures and lends his services to the club capturing show "candids" of exhibitors and visitors. Wayne, thank you for helping preserve memories of this past show!

2009 Color show flyer - click here to see the 2009 flyer and print your own copy!


32nd Annual Carving Show - March 29-30, 2008

   

The 32nd Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 29-30, 2008 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

Carving Show Photos - click on the following links to see photos of the show.

Delphine Nelson - Featured Carver
Raffle carvings
People's choice carvings


31st Annual Carving Show - March 24-25, 2007

 
 

The 31st Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show was held March 24-25, 2007 at the 4H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. LaVerne Schettl was our featured carver. Gary Berg had the chess pieces, Darwin Krueger had the chip carved plate, Ken Raines had the Blue Jay on corn and Randy Kinnick had the leaf carved box.