About Us

Welcome to the North Suburban Carvers

Thank You for your interest in the North Suburban Carvers. The "North Suburban Carvers" was established in 1979 through the efforts of Mr. Joe Veracka and five of his students. From that number the club has grown to over 150 ethusiastic woodcarvers.

The club is composed of men and women of all ages and various backgrounds who are involved in woodcarving as a creative art form. We also have a few junior carvers, our members range in age from 9 to 90. Beginners are especially welcome to join us and learn from our special teaching seminars and more advanced carvers.

The purpose of the North Suburban Carvers is:

  • To promote the art of woodcarving, providing guidance and assistance to novice as well as experienced carvers:
  • To stimulate interest in every aspect of woodcarving by the presentation of demonstrations, seminars, and hands on participation.
  • To broaden community interest in woodcarving as a creative art form through the exhibition of our work at public showings of our work at our Spring and Fall Artistry In Wood shows.
  • To create and sell woodcarvings to raise funds to be contributed to recognized local area children's charities.
  • To act as Trustee and Executor for escrow memorial funds designated for scholarships to woodcarving seminars. This fund was established in memory of Mr. Joe Veracka and other departed members.

Membership is open to all who share an interest in and appreciation of the skills and beauty of woodcarving. Our annual dues are only $20.00 or $35.00 for a family membership. This includes all membership privileges, i.e., meeting attendance, special events and seminars, use of the club library and a monthly newsletter. It's the best bargin in town.

Our meetings are bi-monthly on the first and third Monday of each month,(unless changed due to a holiday) at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville, IL. From Rt. 83 take Grove Street east to Woodland, turn south and it runs right into the parking lot. Use the entrance on the west side of the building.

Meetings are always interesting and fun. We feature demonstrations, lectures, raffles, and a "show and tell" each month. There is always great conversation among old and new friends. You can arrive anytime after 6 PM to carve and visit with our members who delight in sharing their techniques and tips with others. Sometimes we have a guest speaker or a special demonstration. At any meeting members can check out books or video tapes from our club library.

The high point of each year is our annual "Artistry in Wood" woodcarving show and competition. Our members are joined by other carvers in the Midwest in exhibiting and entering their works into competition for ribbons and cash awards. Carvers compete in 35 categories, and for six special exhibitor awards. This exhibition offers the opportunity to discuss carving techniques with hundreds of visitors who come to view these marvelous works of art. We have many carvers exhibiting, with sales and demonstrations, and a terrific raffle of woodcarvings donated by our members. One of our most popular features of the show is the ornament sale. Our members carve and donate ornaments to be sold to the public; all the proceeds of this sale are then donated to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

The Club also sponsors family social events such as its annual summer picnic and Christmas party. We also participate in woodcarving demonstrations at Earth day, The Fall festival at The Grove in Glenview, the DuPage County Fair and the Odeum Woodworking show.

You are cordially invited to attend any of our meetings . Please feel free to call any club officer, if you have any questions about the North Suburban Carvers, we welcome your interest.