Next we headed to St. Charles, MO, along with his wife Carol, to attend the biannual World Fish Carving Championships. Don and I, along with Danny Patterson, the president of the National Fish Carvers Guild teamed up to take on the formidable task of judging the competition. The competition was good in most categories so it made the job tough, but Dan and Don know their stuff, were a delight to work with and I think we judged it fairly and to the best of our ability. If you haven`t heard, Ted Richmond of Kansas won Best in World, Natural Finish and Josh Guge of Illinois won both Best in World, Decorative Miniatures and Decorative Life-size as well, and Judges Choice Best of Show. For both of these guys it was their first time to break into the ranks of "World Champion fish carver" and to them I say congratulations and job well done.
About a month ago, I finished up teaching a National Fish Carvers Guild sponsored workshop at Ronny Leger`s shop near Sacramento where we carved and painted a Bluegill. Everybody`s fish looked great and we all came away with some new knowledge, tips, tricks and techniques for our projects back home. The best part about it for me was the many new friends I had the privilege of meeting and also getting reacquainted with some old friends. That to me is the best part of attending carving workshops.
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