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Joyce McCullough
Organized to further develop the warm fellowship, interests, and skills of woodcarvers and whittlers
"I come from a long line of wood workers. One grandfather made wagon wheels, one was a carpenter. My Dad was a cabinet maker, built his house and most of the furniture, so, woodworking wasn’t a hard decision for me. However, I didn’t realize it until my husband, John, took me to the Del Val Show in Abington in 1992 where I really got the bug to carve in wood.

He taught me how to make patterns and carved my first otter from a book by Butz out of a 2x4 piece of mahogany."

"John then took me to Ward’s Wildfowl Competition in Md. There we saw birds that looked like they could fly right off the table so I bought my first bird blank and started to carve birds. In doing so, power carving seemed the way to go about producing life-like carvings. We were fortunate to have a few carvings sessions with the Late Dr. Wm Ritter. He had a no nonsense approach to carving and was a great teacher. He made my ‘square duck’ come to life with just a few passes of a Foredom power tool. I was hooked!

Later I began carving animals. I love it when my subject looks back at me after setting the eyes.

I’ll try almost any kind of carving however, wildlife is my favorite.

This goldfinch was finished in 2016."
Joyce's Tip for Beginners: 

"Decide what type of carving you want to do. Each style has a different set of tools - Wildlife, chip carving, caricature, pyrography, etc."
What inspired you to start woodworking?
Joyce's first carving - an otter - 1992
Joyce's most recent carving - Goldie - 2016