nJune & I always look forward to the Miami Valley Woodcarving Guild  show in Middletown, OH. on the first weekend of March each year. It “kicks-off” our carving season and officially ends our “Winter Sabbatical”. This year marked an interesting twist for me personally,  inasmuch as I served as one of the three competition Judges, along with Bob Stadtlander, “Relief” carver and old friend, Don Mertz, world class “Characterture Carver”. Both Bob & Don are “tops” in their respective fields of woodcarving. Don & I took procedural cues from Stadtlander. he’s an old hand at being a judge. We worked well together processing all of the competing wood-carvings in the judging room. Peaceful Concensus was reached in the judging Room, one piece at a time!  That is perhaps saying a lot considering the differing points of view between a Relief, Characterture and Bird Carver. We probably suceeded much to the credit of a mutual display of gentlemanly professionalism exerted by all involved in the process. My appreciation and thanks to MVCG President Lowell Dunn for offering me this opportunity. I found it educational and a worthy investment  of my time. Hopefully, we’ll have future opportunities to do it again. The show itself was as good as ever and the food at the Carver’s Banquet was excellent! We donated as a door-prize,  the 4th year shore-bird in our series, the American Avocet.  I found that wearing the Name Badge bearing the blue “Judge’s ribbon came with additional duties attached. Many of the contestants approached throughout the two days of the show to have their carvings critiqued. Some persisted to obtain “mini-lessons” on one aspect or another of “bird-carving”. My Seminar on “Power Bird Carving” Saturday was well attended and fun to conduct. Thanks to Dick & Barb Belcher for the loan of several power tools that I used as props. Only downside that June &I agreed on was that we missed the chance for our Bald Eagle to win it’s third Blue Ribbon in three shows. Upside is that it’s eligible to compete in this same show next year. Also, a tradition, our Spring Class always commences the Saturday following this show. Til later,
Happy birding and carving, Bill