Jack Cole and Bill Reinbold met at a garage sale in 2014 and found they had a hobby in common, woodcarving. The two decided to start a woodcarving group at a local church. They did not advertise, but the group attracted other wood carvers by word of mouth. Jack worked on moving the growing group to the Senior Center, and with the help of staff, The Woodcarvers moved.
Since then, the group has taken off and now has over 30 members meeting at the Senior Center on Fridays to work on their projects together. It is a time that everyone can meet and work through any issues on their project or just visit.
This December, the carvers displayed their work in the dining room to encourage others to get involved. Over the years, they have worked with new carvers showing them technique and friendship. Everyone helps the new members, and it is amazing to see the final project.
There are three types of woodcarving; three-dimensional, relief, and chip carving. Carvers typically use Bass, Aspen, or Catappa woods. The types of knives for the type of job are essential.
Bill stated that you do not want to retire unless you have a hobby to keep you active. Bill and Jack have many years of teaching, but Bill says Jack is the one with the gift of gab.
If you want to get started, Jack and Bill will show you the tools you need and help you with technique. Come to the Senior Center Friday at 9:00 am, 245 North 9th Street, Salina, KS 67401.