Grande Valley Woodcarvers
The club has a long history in the Valley dating back to 1983 when
they met every Thursday from October to April at the Nomad Shrine Club
in Pharr. Carving club members come from as far away as New York, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Canada, not to mention the members from
right here in the Valley. We meet on Thursday mornings, each week from
October through March, to follow a common passion: woodcarving. Visitors
are always welcome. Stop in and check out the carvers. Feel free to ask
questions and for advice. Tools, wood, cutouts and roughouts, someone
to sharpen tools, a library of books and patterns, and camaraderie are
there to enjoy. Our meetings are as much social as they are carving.
2018 - 2019 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers
Officers and Contact Information
|Fred Stenman (320) 253-2132
The Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show
When people with passion and skills gather they seem to have a need
to share both with as many folks as possible. Initially for the RGV Woodcarvers,
this meant putting on a woodcarving show. That was 27 years ago. Fifteen
years ago, that didn't seem like enough. So, club members Elaine and Toby
Craft, Maxine Blanchard and Joe Welneck organized the first Rally on the
Carvers from around the country as well as the Rio Grande Valley gather
to compete and exhibit their woodcarvings. Carving competition includes
all types of carvings, such as realistic human, animal and bird carvings,
all types of relief carvings, bark carving, walking sticks, caricature
carvings of every kind and chip carving, to name just a few of the styles
and disciplines that will be represented at the show.
Instructors who will be teaching at the Rally on the Rio will be there
to give tips and information on their specialties. All and all, the woodcarving
show is a fun and informative two days for all. The show admission fee
is kept at a nominal level but does help defray the cost of putting on
In 2012, over 2000 people visited the Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show.
Over seventy display tables represented both club members showing their
carvings, as well as commercial vendors selling just about any carving
supply any woodcarver could need.
The Rally on the Rio
This was an ambitious endeavor to bring together carving instructors
from around the country to put on a woodcarving seminar for Rio Grande
Valley residents and Winter Texans alike. In the beginning, the Rally
was held in Mercedes. After a number of years, it moved to the Jose (Pepe)
Salinas Convention Center in Pharr. Last year, the Carving Show and the
Rally both moved to the Ceilo Banquet Center in San Juan, TX. This facility
is able to host both the show and the rally in one location eliminating
the necessity to move from one location to another.
Woodcarvers of all skill levels are welcome. Taking part in the rally
is a great way for beginners to find out if they want to become woodcarvers.
No tools? No problem. There will be tools for sale at both the show and
the rally. For those who already carve, it is an excellent way to increase
skills by taking a class from some of the best carving instructors in