2017 Gretna Wood Carvers Retreat Pictures

Feb 20

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Gretna 2017 Retreat Thank You!!

Feb 20

Thank you to all who attended the Gretna Woodcarvers Retreat this year and all the instructors  –  still praising God there was no ice to contend with.  We were blessed with 12 new students this year who have not been there since I’ve been coming (7 years).  So our numbers should be up next year. Next year’s dates are FEBRUARY 8, 9, 10, 11 2018 for the classes.  Wednesday night (7th) will also be available for the travelers who wish to come in the day before. Watch the web site for (www.gretnawoodcarversretreat.com)  for further...

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2017 Gretna Retreat this week!

Feb 06

This retreat will sure be different.  Currently they are forecasting temperatures in the 50’s for Gretna on Fri & Sat. Praising God for this good news.  Shouldn’t be any ice this year in our area.  Whooppee. Going though some things a couple weeks ago I found a picture of the group of carvers in 2006 at Gretna.  I’m hoping we can get Bryan (our webmaster) to take one for us this year. For you musicians –  we will have a jam session on Friday night.  Ken Jierle and Bryan Moody bring your guitars.  You can teach us a thing or two also.  Anyone else play guitar or a dulcimer?  Our dulcimer music is all in the Key of D.  You’re smarter than our Prairie Dulcimer Players group are and can convert to our key. We might get to listen to some of you playing some other songs that you want us to hear.  I know Gregg entertained us a lot 2 years ago.  And Charlie Kemp had his uke then.  This year he made a dulcimer in John’s class at Doane Experience in July.  This week he is doing another one, only a 6 stringer this time. Looking forward to seeing everyone...

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2017 GRETNA WOODCARVERS RETREAT JAN 26th Update

Jan 26

Will be seeing you in 2 weeks at Gretna Woodcarvers Retreat.  We have several new comers this year whom I’ve not met since I’ve been coming now – 7 years.  It is always fun to meet new carvers  to add to your “Woodcarving Family”   REMINDERS There is always a BUY, SELL, SWAP, TRADE table for wood, carving items, tools, etc.  You are welcome to bring things you have for this.  Be sure to mark with your name and prices. CAMPERS – Don’t forget a flashlight, your bedding and towels beside your clothes. Definitely pack warm clothing.  Ice cleats or trackers if you have them.  Sidewalks are salted often, but bring them if you have them. CLASSES:  Thursday start when instructors are set up and come.  Rest of the time classes start at 9.    There is still room and time to sign up for any of the classes except for the dulcimer class.  It is full. Visitors are welcome so invite your friends to come check out the retreat.   George Bledsoe, our wood vendor will be there on Saturday and Sunday for your wood purchases. To special order ahead of time, contact George at 712-310-4154 orbledsoeg@hotmail.com.   If you have any questions contact John or I at the following: John Robbins 308-236-3307              Mary Robbins at 308-627-4435 jrobb3@hotmail.com                         merobbins1942@yahoo.com     Don’t forget to check out our website...

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Happy 2017 New Year Woodcarvers

Jan 12

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...

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Gretna Wood Carving Christmas Update

Dec 29

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...

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