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Happy 2017 New Year Woodcarvers

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Happy New Year Woodcarvers,
 
Gretna Woodcarvers Retreat is drawing near, February 9, 10, 11, 12 and breakfast Mon the 13th.  Less than a month to go.  Thank you for all the registrations already received.  We are certainly looking forward to another fun time at Gretna with all of you.  We do have some new people that have registered and are looking forward to meeting them.  We thank all the instructors for agreeing to be available and give you more choices for this retreat. 
 
The following instructors are available for you to still sign up:
Ken Armsbury               Bark carving
Traci Bates                   Gourds & Pine Needles
Loretta Broberg            Introduction to Incised Carving
Marty Dolphens          — Realistic Western
Roger Nadrachal           Whimsical Snowman
Nancy Ollufsen             Shot Glass Hanger
Steve Reed                     Small figures in a Day
John Robbins                 Build  & play an Applachian dulcimer
Gregg Thompson            Fun & Easy Caricatures
Mary Jo Wolf               Chip carving
 
There are still openings in all the classes so you can sign up soon by maiing it in or calling John at 308-236-3307 or Mary at 308-627-4435.  Hope to hear from you soon.  Have a safe trip to Gretna.

Gretna Wood Carving Christmas Update

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Hope all you carvers had a blessed Christmas and was able to spend time with your family.  Now get ready for Gretna.  This is the time of the year that we get most of the registrations for the Gretna Woodcarvers Retreat. 
I also wanted to remind you all if you have any information or flyers about your woodcarving clubs, woodcarving shows, or classes etc. we will have a table near the registration for attendees or visitors to see and take one if they want.  Please bring them or mail to us early enough that we can take them. 
For your information Marty Dolphens bark carving class and John’s dulcimer class are both half full. 
Hope to see you in February at Gretna.

Gretna Wood Carvers Retreat 2017 Sign Up forms are here!

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Please click on the Sign Up page and download your enrollment form today! Check out the instructor list and review the Things That You Will Need to make sure your stay is a great experience!

Roger Jacobs has passed away

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Roger Jacobs has passed away

Roger Jacobs of Woodland Park, Colorado has passed away.   Roger has been a carver at Gretna for many years.   He usually took Marty Dolphin’s class.  Their address to send a card to Carol and their family is 1259 Mountain Meadows Drive, Woodland Park, CO  80863-7407.  You could send them a card and be praying for their family.

INSTRUCTORS FOR 2017

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GRETNA  WOODCARVERS  RETREAT

Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center – Gretna, NE

Feb. 9th -10th – 11th – 12th – 13th  2017

Sign-in begins at 9:00 A.M on Thurs the 9th

First meal Thur lunch is at 12:00 pm – Last meal Mon for breakfast

INSTRUCTORS FOR 2017

 KEN ARMSBURY – Whimsey  Bark Houses – Every day

TRACI BATES – Gourd Creations    (Thur, Fri, Sat)

LORETTA BROBERG – Intro to Incised Carving – Thur & Fri mornings

MARTY DOLPHENS   Bark Carving Faces   – Every Day

ROGER NADRCHAL  – Snowman – Fri, Sat & Sun

NANCY OLUFFSEN    Animal Shot Glass Hanger Fri aft or Sat

STEVE REED  –   Hill Billy Caricatures (4-6 in) Every Day

GREGG THOMPSEN   The Bear, a Farmer or a GnomeEvery day                                

MARY JO WOLF  – Chip Carving – Every Day

GEORGE BLEDSOE –  Wood Vendor   Saturday & Sunday

 

Registrations and complete descriptions will be available at the

Mid-American Woodcarvers Association, Inc

42nd Annual Fall Show & Sale

October 7- 9, 2017

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

See website: www.gretnawoodcarversretreat.com

Contact:  JOHN or MARY ROBBINS

Call 308-236-3307 or 308-627-4435

Email jrobb3@hotmail.com or merobbins1942@yahoo.com

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Gretna 2016 – Thank You!!

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Gretna 2016 – Thank You!!
Just finished another successful retreat at Gretna.  We had 6 newcomers and they all want to come back.  Had  a couple of new instructors as well.  Looking forward to the next one.
                   FEBRUARY 9, 10, 11, 12   
Thank you to everyone who attended, taught or visited this year.  Save your dates for next year.

2016 Gretna Wood Carvers Retreat Pictures

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2016 Gretna Wood Carvers Retreat Pictures

Last Minute Change for 2016 Gretna classes schedule

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Steve Reed has health issues that needs to be taken care of next week.  Unfortunately he has to cancel but will do it next year.  

 ***Therefore a couple changes have been made for classes.

 Nancy Oluffsen will teach her panda bears class on Saturday instead of Sunday.   (SEE BELOW)

 Nancy Oluffsen:  Panda Bear Shot glass Hanger:  Class will be SATURDAY.  Cost will be $15.00.  Handcarving one bear. You will need palm gauges, knife, sanding stick/paper, plastic or rubber glove (will bleach the bear).  Bring shot glass. Picture on www.gretnawoodcarvingretreat.com

 JOHN ROBBINS will also be available to teach his Little People every DAY     No Charge.

They are made from 1 x 1 x 2-inch blocks.  The carving will be small enough that it can be entered in most miniature categories at shows.  You can add them to a grouping.  He will furnish the wood and paint for the little guys.  No charge for class nor materials.

TOOLS NEEDED:   THUMB GUARD – – carving knife, glove and small V tool (dockyard).  Blanks provided.

Update for Marty Dolphens class

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Marty Dolphens  class is full for the 4 days.  He does have room for a couple 1 day on Saturday and Sunday.

Reminder and Class Update!

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UPDATES
GRETNA WOODCARVERS RETREAT
FEBRUARY 2016

EVERYONE BRING YOUR TOOLS, BAND-AIDS AND APPETITE.

BUY, SWAP AND TRADE TABLE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE INCLUDING VISITORS

CLASSES — ONLY ROOM FOR 1 MORE IN 3 OF THE CLASSES –
MARTY DOLPHENS
STEVE REED
ROGER NADRACHAL

CAMPERS (STAYING IN CABINS)
BRING FLASHLIGHTS
BRING BEDDING FOR A BUNK BED, TOWELS & TOILETRIES
BRING A SNACK TO SHARE FOR EVENINGS

DAY CARVERS –
NOON LUNCHES INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE.
FIRST MEAL WILL BE NOON ON THURSDAY.

George Bledsoe will be there as usual Saturday and Sunday with carving wood for sale.

EMERGENCY NUMBER
Eastern Nebraska 4-H CAMP – 402-332-4496
John Robbins 308-236-3307
Mary Robbins 308-627-4435