Carving for Attention: Emerald Coast Carvers host art showcase

Savannah Vasquez
Ray Matheson, right, watches as fellow wood carver Cyrille Hartman uses a small drill and magnifying glass to make a feather pattern on a wooden loon he is working on during one of the regular meetings of the Emerald Coast Carvers last year.

During the winter season, a group of Destin snowbirds gather together twice a week to share in their love for the art of wood work. The Emerald Coast Carvers have met this way for more than 20 years and always end the season with a showcase of their work for all to enjoy. This year’s carvers showcase will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Village Baptist Church and all are welcome to attend.

“I’m not an original member but it’s been around over 20 years as a snowbird activity,” said Ken Jennings, the event organizer for the group. “We use all kinds of wood but bass wood primarily. We use oak, walnut, maple, some use bark; just about any type of wood.”

Another member, Ray Matheson, who winters in Destin from Michigan, said this will be his fourth year participating in the social carving group and the event is really for fun and to help draw new members.

“We are looking for carvers, we have some room,” he said. “Normally, members have some knowledge of carving, but it’s open to any age and to both female and male.”

The event is free and coffee and light refreshments will be served.