Good Times Place Woodcarvers -
Pictured, left to right, are Marty Zauhar, Gary Chase, Bob Schroder, Alvin Mau and Mary Mau. Not pictured: Jim Grienke, Jackie Letsche, Janet Lundquist. Photo submitted.
The Artists of the Month for November at the Cherokee Sanford Museum are the members of the Good Times Place Wood Carvers. Several examples of the unique carvings done by members of the club will be on display in the Museum's East Gallery throughout the month.
Marty Zauhar carved this Nativity Scene, which is currently on display at the Sanford Museum.
The Good Times Place Wood Carvers meet at the Cherokee Community Center each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The group is made up of wood carving enthusiasts who learn the art of wood carving from each other.
Group members make many wonderful projects - anything from folk art to practical tools. Members work on projects of their choice, at the time they choose. The group is always looking to fill its ranks, and they invite all other wood enthusiasts in the Cherokee area to come join them. There are no special skills needed, just a love of carving.
These carvings are the work of Gary Chase.
The group helps novices begin by showing them items they need to purchase - such as carving knives, rough-outs, patterns and the best type of wood to use for carving. Basswood is the preferred medium, but there are also several soft woods available.
The group is open to both men and women of any age. Besides sharing a passion for this delightful hobby, the group also provides a chance for members to sit around, share stories, and learn about all the aspects of creating.
Members have access to several catalogs that can help them acquire accessories for their carving, and members also share the best techniques with each other while carving. Members can demonstrate the best way to carve people or animals and help each other on a variety of topics, sharing their knowledge from the beginning of a project to the end.
From time to time, group members display some of their work, and they have also given live demonstrations at such venues at the Historic Cherokee RR Depot and the Hanover Festival.
Marthy Zauhar also carved these Christmas-themed works of art.
Anyone who would like more information about The Good Times Place Wood Carvers is welcome to contact Gary Chase at 225-2867, or feel free to come down to the Cherokee Community Center on Thursday afternoons and visit with the group members yourself. They would be glad to see you and help you get started.
Marty Zauhar's 'Scandanavian Style' wood carvings are part of the November display in the East Gallery at the Sanford Museum.