Club Activities Across Ontario

Caricature Carvers Workshop

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association is sponsoring in part a Caricature Carvers Workshop led by Mike Sullivan and John Poole to be held on October 1st, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Copetown Community Centre.
This workshop is intended for those carvers with experience in caricature carving and will provide instruction from these two outstanding carvers.
Mike Sullivan, who belongs to the Niagara Carvers will lead you through the carving of a small figure.
John Poole, who carves with the Copetown Chippers and the Art Guild of Burlington will discuss the various elements of the face and will help you in the creation of various expressions.
Cost for either session is $50 by pre-registration and you can contact John Poole at [email protected] 




Canadian Raptor Conservancy – Migration Festival

Bird and wildlife carvers will be interested in a Migration Festival being hosted near Port Dover on Lake Erie on September 23 and 24th. This will be a unique opportunity to see and photograph a large variety of native hawks,
eagles, falcon, owls, reptiles and mammals in one place with Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Sciensational Sssnakes and Speaking of Wildlife all under one roof!  Champion carver George MacMillan and world renowned taxidermist Rick Davis will have some of their education displays. Further information will be on the Canadian Raptor Conservancy facebook page.  



Halton Wood Carvers: Smoke to Art Wood Burning Workshop

On March 11th and 12th the Halton Wood Carvers shared their skills with new and established carvers, and raised funds for their club by hosting a Wood Burning class taught by their very own John Van Tent with aid from Arnie Zimmerman and Bonnie Malenfant.
The Halton Wood Carvers, who operate out of the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre at 515 Main St. Glen Williams (Georgetown), were pleased to show off their facilities with an eye to attracting new members. Unlike other clubs a Halton Wood Carver member has 7x24x365 access to the building, its design library and equipment for a low annual fee of $250.
The class was originally scheduled for Sat March 11th for a maximum of 12 students, but 16 people wanted to do it, so the instructor, John Van Tent graciously added a second class on Sun March 12th. Established carvers from the Guelph and Bolton clubs along with local residents and a few Halton Wood Carvers attended.
To do wood burning, you transfer a photocopied pattern to the wood by applying lacquer thinner to an image photocopied with toner. Once the fumes from the thinner clear, the fun of applying your artistic talents with a wood burning tool really begins. Over the 2 days, 16 people were ‘burning up a storm’ with each completing their own ‘Chipmunk’ design project.
The Halton Wood Carvers are planning a Mother’s Day sale (May 6th and 7th) the weekend prior to Mother’s Day so folks can give their Moms something they might love to touch, hold and display.
To help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this July 1st, the Halton Wood Carvers will be offering Canada Day participants in Glen Williams the opportunity to paint a simple wood carving at its Studio in the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre. Should someone wish to pursue Carving as a hobby and become a member, please contact Joy Woodward at [email protected]

The Woodcarvers and Sculptors Guild

The Woodcarvers and Sculptors Guild meet at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Tuesday mornings from 8:30am to 12pm and Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9:30 pm.  Aside from working in a beautiful setting of an art gallery, this group also enjoys a bright, busy and fully equipped work area.  The group sponsors a cane carving program for our Veterans and the Art Gallery promotes the club as one of a variety of activities available for seniors through their New Horizons initiative.  
Visit their website at