Gretna December Update

Dec 07

A couple changes since the first classes information handed out. 1.  We added Rich Wagner with his Incised Carving Class. 2.  Traci Bates has been asked  if she is doing pine needles again this year.  She will bring some supplies along if someone wants to do a basket or ornament, etc. 3   Registration has been coming in earlier than normal.  Consequently some of the classes are filling up to their maximum. *********** Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving with your families.  Be sure to add Gretna Retreat to your Christmas list. Looking forward to seeing all of you again...

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Additional class added for Grenta 2018 – Rich Wagner: Incised Carving

Nov 01

*Rich Wagner: INCISED CARVING Class will be on 2/9 and 2/10 Class $30.00: All material for the project will be provided (5×7 basswood boards, instructions and many patterns to choose from.) You will need a chip carving knife or a very thin blade carving knife. You can get by with an X-ACTO knife. They will do a good job for this type of carving, but I prefer a chip carving knife. Don’t buy an X-ACTO knife if you don’t have one. I have 6 of them for you to use. Contact Rich at 402-218-7270 or chipcarver5@gmail.com if you have any...

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2018 Classes and Registration Form now Available!

Oct 12

Howdy! The 2018 classes are now listed. Please look through the list to find a class that interests you! Fill out the 2018 registration form. Send it in early to get in the class you want.

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2018 Gretna is only six months away!

Sep 07

Here is a sneak preview of some of the instructors that will be available! INSTRUCTORS FOR 2018 KEN ARMSBURY DALE BOYER MARTY DOLPHENS P J DRISCOLL ROGER NADRCHAL GREGG THOMPSEN MARY JO WOLF Stay tuned for project subjects and more...

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Gretna Retreat 2017 Recap

Feb 23

Gretna Retreat 2017 Recap

Great news!  Another year has gone off without a hitch at the Gretna Retreat held at the Gretna 4 H Camp!  A Big “Thank You” goes to John and Mary who have been instrumental in keeping this tradition going, and to everyone who made the show a success. One highlight of the weekend was the beautiful weather, no snow, no ice, and temperatures did not drop to the teens or lower this year!   With that kind of weather, it reminded me that spring is coming.   This year as with years in the past, we had carvers form several states join us. We had a gathering of woodcarvers of all levels of expertise, for learning, carving, camaraderie and relaxation.  Carvers at all levels of experience can find classes to meet their needs at our Gretna Retreat. As I worked on my project and visited with friends that I only get to see once a year at Gretna, it came to mind that if you have not been able to attend one of our retreats, you are really missing out on a wonderful weekend.  We even had our very own concerts performed each evening by our class of dulcimer makers this year.  That is right, one of the classed taught this year was how to make a dulcimer, the class even included lessons on how to play!  Another big draw this year was evening domino games.   Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves this weekend, and to top it off, the classes are not expensive.  The food tastes great and there is always plenty of it.  Carvers bring an assortment of snacks for everyone to share, so there is always something for every taste out there (for those of us who need a little something between meals)!  The cabins that are available to stay in, for those traveling a distance or who like us, like to stay where the action is are the typical bunk style cabins.  I must say however, they are very comfortable.  You just need to bring your sleeping bag, towels and your own toiletries.  I took some pictures to show you what goes on at Gretna, hope you enjoy them. My parting words are, “If you have never been...

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2017 Gretna Wood Carvers Retreat Pictures

Feb 20

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