SEBRING –– Eric Maron is president of the 38-member Highlands County Wood Crafters which hosted its 20th annual show Saturday at the Sebring Recreation Club. The show was a success, drawing hundreds of visitors.
Featured were all sorts of crafters, some displaying carved birds, rabbits and squirrels. Others specialized in miniature versions of farm equipment. And still others crafted butterflies, dragons, walking sticks, guns and even a miniature workshop.
All the participants vied for ribbons in master, advanced and intermediate classes.
“Many carvers who are not members come to purchase tools, ‘how-to’ books and various woods from vendors,” Maron said. Tongue in cheek, he added, “And to steal ideas.”
Arlene Dobson from Ontario, Canada displayed a carved miniature workshop. “That’s actually my workshop back home,” she said.
Bill Synder who with his wife Marlene yearly co-chair the Lake Placid Art League’s Show & Sale, vied for a ribbon for his butterflies carving titled “The Migration.” Bill Snyder is also well known for his carvings of horses, and dragons.
George Smyth, also of Ontario, got the carving bug in 2009. His specialty is trucks, tractors, boats, snowmobiles and campers. He displayed a whole array of carved and painted Massey-Ferguson tractors.
“People is all I do,” said Pete LeClair who hails from Massachusetts. He started his carving hobby in 1973 and has over 1,000 whimsical characters in his collection.
Rosalyn Leach Daisey from Newark, Delaware showed her collection of birds and small animals. The birds looked so real that you’d swear they were going to fly away. Her flying squirrel sells for $700.
Thousands of creative pieces and camaraderie created a wood carvers heaven for the carvers and their visitors at the annual show.