Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wood Carvings on Display at the Buena Park Library District

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The members of the Orange County Chapter #2 of the California Carver’s Guild display their artistic creations carved from wood at the Buena Park Library District. The display is on exhibit in the Library lobby and runs now through June 27, 2008. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues.

The works range from animals (both lifelike and stylized) to humorous figures, including a collection of carved Santa Clauses. In addition, the display features a finely detailed pair of mallard ducks carved by Richard Otsubo. Otsubo has carved many extinct Hawaiian birds and has recently been commissioned to carve one for a museum in Hawaii. Several bears carved by Gary Batterton have been included which illustrate the steps involved in carving a figure. The carvers have employed a variety of woods and a wide range of techniques, including pyrography (the burning of wood). Several intricate knots and cubes have been carved from a single piece of wood. The members have displayed their artwork at the Orange County Fair and several other shows. The Orange County Carvers Show will be held October 18-19, 2008 at the Tustin Senior Center.

There are more than fifty chapters of the California Carver’s Guild in the state, with three chapters located in Orange County. The organization’s goals are to teach, share and promote the art of woodcarving. The Orange County Chapter #2 Woodcarvers meet at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday night at the Tustin Senior Center.

The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.

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