Carving Wildlife In Wood

Posted: November 12, 1989

More than 60 woodcarvers will be demonstrating their art and selling their work at the annual fall show of the South Jersey Wood Carvers, which will be held next Saturday and Sundayat the National Guard armory in Mount Holly.

As it has for the last three years, the association will donate the proceeds from admission fees to Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills.

Because show organizers wanted to expand the show this year from one to two days, the show has been moved from Lenape High School in Medford to the armory on Route 38.

Sixty-four carvers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will be selling carvings ranging from traditional duck decoys to elk, moose and other wild game.

Although many of the club's 125 members will be selling their work, the show is not limited to group members.

"There are carvers who specialize in songbirds, while others, like myself, will carve anything that isn't a bird," said Jack Raleigh of Cinnaminson, a past president of the South Jersey group and one of the show's organizers. ''Those interested in purchasing a carving will find just about every form of wildlife in wood at this show."

Raleigh, who started his woodcarving hobby about 15 years ago when he enrolled in an adult evening course at Cinnaminson High School, estimates the show will realize more than $2,000 for the hospital in Browns Mills.

Door prizes - carvings by exhibitors - will be awarded hourly.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for children under 12.

For information, call 829-8731.

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