Gathering Of Woodcarvers Woodcarving Art Festival 2021

October 1, 2 & 3, 2021

 "Visions in Wood"

  Considering the progress that has been made in getting Americans vaccinated against Covid 19 and with an understanding that continued precautions such as mask-wearing, social distancing and proper sanitary habits have proven effective in combating the spread of the Carona Virus, it has been determined that the risk of contracting it is reasonably low when those precautions are adhered to.

  Therefore, the decision has been made to go ahead with G.O.W. 2021, provided all attendees agree to follow the rules set forth in the Compliance Agreement, which will be made part of the Registration Documents.

It would be a great help if we could get some idea of how many carvers are likely to participate in classes at this year's Gathering. Without any obligation, if you think that you will probably attend, please scroll below to the "message" box and enter your name and "yes, I plan to attend" . If you also know what instructor you will choose to carve with, including their name would  be greatly appreciated as well. Please remember, this is only to help us determine whether we can expect enough participation for a viable program.


I hope you will understand and consider returning to attend G.O.W. 2021  Watch for updates concerning the Gathering (which we are currently working on), on this website.

   Thank you for your support of our program. Please take good care.


May you and yours be well,

Mike Noland, Show Chairman

Gathering Of Woodcarvers - 2021

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Meet the Instructors:

If the instructor's name is underlined, you can click the link to see a video from them.

Vic Hood

Joe Land

Denny Neubauer

This site is added to and adjusted as necessary for the current year's program.  If you find a link doesn't work please contact us using the message box (above, right) with a brief explanation of the problem and what you were hoping to find using the link. We will respond with any help we can give. Thanks for your patience with our  website.

2021 is the fourth year of operation for the new Gathering of Woodcarvers Woodcarving Art Festival.  Held at the Fairgrounds in Sandwich, IL, the G.O.W. convenes once annually to create an opportunity for carvers, from novice to expert, to study with some of the most talented professional woodcarvers in the U.S.A. Class size is limited to 12 students, allowing more direct interaction between student and instructor than would be possible with a larger group. This makes it imperative to submit your registration as early as possible. Classes are filled on a "first paid, first seated" basis. Once a class is full additional registrants will be contacted and offered a choice of being placed on a waiting list for any openings that become available, a seat in any other available class or a full refund of monies paid. 

Take a look at the pages here on our website, consider what style of carving interests you most and click on the "Register of a Class" button above.

If you're not quite sure, you can join our mailing list and comment or ask a question by filling out the box in the section just above this one.

Woodcarvers are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Join us on the journey to discover the artist within, won't you? 

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