Hundreds attend first day of Evart Roundup

WOODCARVERS ROUNDUP: Members of the Grand Valley Wood Carvers out of Ionia partake in wood burning projects in one of many workshops going on simultaneously during the Evart Roundup, which will take place through Saturday. This is the 15th year of the event, which brings in hundreds from across the United States. (Pioneer photos/Karin Armbruster)
WOODCARVERS ROUNDUP: Members of the Grand Valley Wood Carvers out of Ionia partake in wood burning projects in one of many workshops going on simultaneously during the Evart Roundup, which will take place through Saturday. This is the 15th year of the event, which brings in hundreds from across the United States. (Pioneer photos/Karin Armbruster)

Annual Evart wood-carving event attracts guests from all across Michigan, country

EVART — Men and women woodcarvers gathered at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds on Wednesday for the first day of the annual Evart Roundup. The event attracts hundreds from across the country who spend their free time carving, burning and whittling wood into finely detailed works of art. This year, workshops and vending stations filled four buildings and offered a chance to share knowledge of the craft of chip carving, wood burning, power carving, painting and tool sharpening. Learning how to carve faces, animals, ornaments and more will be featured throughout the event. Darlene Wilborn and Doreen Gilson of Martin are learning how to carve 3-D reliefs, which combine three separate scenes into one. Both said they enjoy the process and like having instructors on hand to answer questions and give advice. “They’re here to help you, but they let you do your own thing,” said Wilborn, who has been carving for about three years. The Evart Roundup will last through Saturday. Other activities include an ice cream social, a carvers’ swap and an informal carvers’ music jam.