Like wood? The Northwest Carvers’ Association’s 31st Show and Sale is on this weekend at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, and features wood and bone carving from around the region.
Carvers compete at six skill levels for awards, and the juried gallery includes intarsia, marquetry, woodburning, woodturning, found wood, fretwork, scroll saw pieces and woodworking, as well as chainsaw carving. There are also free demos, raffles, auction, awards and supplies sales.
While this year’s featured artist is Bob Harkness, one of the more interesting carvers showing work is Richard Mazza, of Puyallup. a member of the Washington Flute Circle who has just finished hand-carving his 82nd wooden flute, Mazza got started in musical woodwork when he hand-carved a set of wooden zills (hand cymbals) for Seattle belly dance professional ?? If you’re thinking that these little cymbals aren’t usually made of wood, you’d be right. But, say Mazza’s colleagues in the carvers’ association, they were so well received that he started to get orders for them.
The Northwest Carvers’ 31st Show and Sale is on 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13. $7/free for under-12. Western Washington Fairgrounds, 9th Street and Meridian Avenue, Puyallup. 253-833-4626, www.woodcarvers.org