Archbold, OH – Filled with unique artistry, family fun and traditional down-on-the-farm activities, the Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Show & Sale is a great way to celebrate the beauty of autumn and enjoy the last weekend of the season at Sauder Village – Ohio’s largest living-history destination.
Woodcarvers from throughout the Midwest will be gathering at Sauder Village on Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 for the 28th Annual Woodcarver’s Show & Sale. Founder’s Hall will be filled with exhibit tables of woodcarvings and supplies representing artists and suppliers from the tri-state region. Not only will guests have a chance to see the artists and purchase their works, they will also be able to learn more about this traditional art form through various demonstrations planned throughout the weekend. Some of the exhibitor specialties for this annual show and sale include caricatures, Native American carvings, wildlife, and mosaic sculptures. There will also items from artists specializing in scroll saw work, relief carving, woodturning and chip carving.
“We are pleased to have special guest Chris Hammack of Stephenville, Texas and so many other talented carvers from throughout the region joining us for our Woodcarver’s Show and Sale this fall,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “Our annual Woodcarver’s Show and Sale provides a unique opportunity for guests to watch carving demonstrations, purchase supplies and maybe even start some holiday shopping.”
Special guest Chris Hammack’s carving career began 25 years ago after a thirty foot fall landed him in the hospital. During a five-month convalescence he picked up a piece of firewood and a pocket knife and began carving caricatures, of which he had sketched as a young boy growing up in Texas. Within two years, Chris began competing in carving competitions returning home with First Place Awards. The years following would bring national seminars, art pieces presented to U.S Senators, mayors and actors. Equally, Hammack’s artwork has been featured on Leanin’ Tree cards for over twenty years. Chris then started a successful business in Colorado and his art work went around the globe. Today, Chris is back to his roots in Texas where he continues to create new characters/scenes and taking them straight to a fresh block of wood. Through his artwork Chris shares his intuitive knowledge of the cowboy lifestyle and the humor therein.
Throughout the weekend, guests of all ages will enjoy watching woodcarving demonstrations in Founder’s Hall. Scheduled demonstrations include “Carving Faces” with Chris Hammack and “Relief Carving Basics” with guest instructor Bob Stadtlander. Another highlight of the show will be special performances by Wes Linenkugal and his band. Wes has been performing at Sauder Village for many years and guests always enjoy his lively music – a traditional part of the annual Woodcarver’s Show.
On Saturday only in the Historic Village, guests can learn how the early settlers prepared for winter with hog butchering and other food preservation demonstrations. There will be hands-on activities for guests to try including shelling beans, making butter and rolling out pie crusts. One hog will be processed from start to finish in the Homestead Area and some of the historic cooking demonstrations will include making liver and onions, canning ribs in lard, making sauerkraut and sausage, and cooking a rabbit or turkey over the fire.
The Woodcarver’s Show and Sale runs from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 and from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26. There is a “Show-Only” admission of $7.00 (senior and AAA discounts apply). Historic Sauder Village will close for the regular season on Sunday, October 26 but will offer Holiday Lantern Tours on November 29, December 5, 6, 12 and 13.. Call Sauder Village at 800.590.9755 or visit the website for more information and to make a reservation for the Holiday Lantern Tours.