Woodcarvers Roundup begins Wednesday in Evart

EVART — Fellowship and fun revolving around the art of wood working is expected to take place this week as the Evart Roundup begins.

The 18th annual roundup begins today, Wednesday, and runs through Saturday at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds.

Attracting wood carvers and burners from across the country, is Evart Roundup is geared toward all things wood carving and provides a multitude of informational workshops for attendees who want to grow in the craft, meet fellow carvers and gather at one of the largest craft roundups in the country.

It annually attracts hundreds of carving enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada.

Workshops run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and utilize multiple buildings at the fairgrounds. There are numerous workshops, tutorials, vendor sales, entertainment and more planned for this year's Roundup. Carvers can get their hands on magazines and books, rough-outs and kits with directions, knives and other carving necessities.

No matter what project each novice or veteran carver wants to tackle next, workshops led by experienced craftsmen and women will help teach the tricks of the trade. Tutorials for carving canes, animals of all types, human busts, fantasy creatures, Christmas ornaments and chain pulls will be available. For hobbyists looking for an alternative art, wood burning and gourd burning workshops will be hosted by a variety of experts. Many workshops will be available, as more carvers branch out into teaching.

Those interested in other crafts also will have workshops in which to participate. Admission to the roundup and the workshops are free, but supplies and tools for carving are priced accordingly.

Other activities include an ice cream social and a "Blanket Trade" carver's swap on Thursday and , a carvers’ swap and an informal carvers’ music jam.

More information and workshop instructors at Evart Roundup can be found at evartroundup.com.