The spoons you see have been carved by the members of the facebook group Woodcarving 101 "The Joy of Woodcarving” with the use of basic hand tools. There were three levels of participation. Beginner, with carvers having less then one year of carving experience, Intermediate with carvers having one to three years of carving experience, and the Advanced for carvers with more then three years of carving experience. There were two categories, Functional and Decorative. The members of the group each cast votes for the best carved spoon in each of the three levels of participation. CarvingsandCanvas.com is pleased to contribute this special page slideshow of the competition and wants to congratulate each member for their unique spoon carvings and friendly participation in this wonderful event.
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FUNCTIONAL BEGINNER 1st Place - Richard Botteri 2nd Place - John Hubeit 3rd Place - Joseph Poindexter
Honorable Mention - Jerry Ash, Santiago JE, Allen Campos
FUNCTIONAL INTERMEDIATE 1st Place - Tie - Katrina (Kat) Meredith and Ryan Mooney 2nd Plase - Phyllis McBride 3rd Place - Tom Speelman
FUNCTIONAL ADVANCED 1st Place - Michael Ramsey 2nd Place - Tie - Pat Sherman and Richard Crino 3rd Place - No additional entries
DECORATIVE BEGINNER 1st Place - Kyle R. Knight 2nd Place - Joseph Poindexter 3rd Place - Richard Botteri
Honorable Mention - Jerry Ash, Brent Wold, Todd Sales , Debbie Elgart, Richard Botteri, Kerry E. Rickard
DECORATIVE INTERMEDIATE 1st Place - Phyllis McBride 2nd Plase - Theodore Buzzelli 3rd Place - Ryan Mooney
Honorable Mention - Katrina (Kat) Meredith, Rick Kruse, James Stacy
DECORATIVE ADVANCED 1st Place - Lori Hamilton 2nd Plase - Richard Crino 3rd Place - Pat Sherman
Rich is a married father of 5. Two of his daughters are in college, with one finishing her Masters of Arts and the other Finishing her PhD in Biology. His youngest son is a military officer, graduating from West Point in 2010. Rich recently retired from corrections and began woodcarving in the fall of 2013. His interest in shore birds gave him the motivation to begin carving and his first project was a life size snowy Egret. His second project was a santa for his wife Lisa. Rich is currently working on a life size Long-billed Curlew.
(Tie) KATRINA MEREDITH AND RYAN MOONEY
Katrina Meredith lives in the Topeka Kansas area and is a member of the Kaw Valley Wood Carvers. She especially enjoys relief carving and is currently carving whimsical houses on cottonwood bark. In addition Katrina carves caricatures. Though only carving since early 2013 she certainly shows promise as an up and coming woodcarver. She may be reached via email at Stormy13Kat@gmail.com
Ryan enjoys decorative and functional woodcarving and has been working with wood since the 1980's. His interest lies at the intersection of crafts where turned and flat work meets and intersects with each other and utilizing carved elements to compliment and work with those pieces. Ryan feels that the most beautiful pieces are where functional work intersects with art. Ryan also placed third in the Decorative Intermediate Category.
As a retired sign Painter/Sign Painter, Michael is an exceptional woodcarver and also enjoys painting in oil as a hobby. His realist wildfowl carvings and his life like marionettes are witness to his impeccable quality of craftsmanship and detail as can be seen by the spoon above.
Kyle, a married father of two and proud grandfather, resides in York County Pennsylvania. Kyle is a professional 3D artist. Kyle recently began woodcarving as a hobby and has completed several carvings that compares to the work of those that have carved for many years. This is evidenced by his winning spoon entry. Kyle can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A mother of 3 and grandmother of 7, Lori is from Oklahoma. Her father was a life long carver and was her inspiration to begin carving in 2008. A physical therapist by profession Lori has became an accomplished carver and plans to dedicate more time to her creations. Her attention to detail is apparent as the First Place Winner in the Advanced category.
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