April 17, 2018

Looking for a new hobby? Stop by the Oak Ridge Senior Center each Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon and meet members of the woodcarving group.

For those interested in learning more about woodcarving, an introduction to woodcarving class will be offered beginning the first Wednesday in May. The free project will be small, something participants can complete in a 2 to 3 hour session, and all tools and materials will be provided.

Most of the members of this small local wood carving group are also members of the Smoky Mountain Wood Carvers Association (SMWCA). The SMWCA is a non-profit organization formed in 1976 by Jim Wilsford and composed of approximately 50 active members from across East Tennessee. Their gatherings are held on the second Saturday of each month at Mountain View United Methodist Church, located at 3200 Old Maryville Pike in Knoxville.

Meetings are very informal and actively promote and support all phases of wood carving. Several benefits are provided through membership, including:

  • Informal classes/seminars conducted by knowledgeable club members
  • Tips on painting, mounting and realistic settings
  • Access to club library featuring books and video tapes available for loan
  • Holding an annual Wood Carving Show and Competition
  • Last but not least - fellowship!
If you’re a woodcarver, want to learn how to become a woodcarver or just want to see woodcarving in action, you’re welcome to visit the woodcarving group every Wednesday morning at the Senior Center in Oak Ridge. Those interested are also invited to attend the monthly SMWCA meetings.

For registration or additional information on all the programs and events hosted by the Oak Ridge Senior Center, call (865) 425-3999.

About Oak Ridge Senior Center: Oak Ridge senior citizens have had a facility dedicated to their needs since 1977. The Senior Center is now temporarily located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike inside the Recreation Building of the Civic Center. You can learn more about them on Facebook, check out their website or give them a call for more information on programs offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department.