Adjacent to the side of the room where I enjoy my fitness class at the Senior Center of Reynoldsburg is an interior display window.
Within that window are some interesting and beautiful wood carvings that I have been enjoying. Occasionally new pieces are added or exchanged.
In the living room at the center, there is a wonderfully carved and painted 10-foot totem pole that was a group project of past member carvers.
Other activities such as book club, current events discussions and art classes are held in the room that the carvers weekly use. Many of our members get to enjoy another fascinating carver group project in that room.
On the wall is a quilt-like display of blocks of individual carvings -- some blocks with painted accents and others completely in the natural wood showing various subject matter.
My only related experience in carving was as a young Girl Scout -- soap carving. I remember it as creative and fun. I wanted to see how these carvers are creating their amazing works.
The group of men and women are welcoming, and they gladly shared their knowledge and enthusiasm.
Not all use the same wood. Some used walnut, which "takes details," and others used bass wood, which is lightweight and easier to carve. Two were using cottonwood with the bark still attached, creating rustic-looking pieces.
I watched as they patiently cut tiny sections at a time, getting rid of those negative spaces and enabling a figure or pattern to emerge. One member said that the wood guides you. If a piece accidentally breaks off, your carving may change -- and that's not always bad.
Each member has his or her own knife, and the handles of some are beautiful. One member carves cork into whimsical covers for his knife points.
How, I wondered, do you get your ideas?
Some have patterns, and others use pictures of objects or people. Still others work from their imaginations. One member carves only animals.
In addition to weekly work sessions, some members also carve at home. This is a friendly group and they welcome new members. They will mentor you if necessary, and they have "beginner pieces" of patterned wood to help you get started. They meet 9-11 a.m. Thursdays.
Hopefully, you can carve out some time to enjoy other SCOR activities.
Below are coming events. If you need to call ahead to sign up or if you have questions, call the SCOR office at 614-866-5890.
* 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12: Trip to the Columbus Museum of Art. Explore with a docent including Ivy Atoms and James Thurber special exhibits. Lunch is on your own. Register at the office.
* 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13: Book Presentation: "Reflections," by Barbara Dowell, a book of original poetry about love, family, and friendship.
* 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 14: Beading Class. Check the office to see samples and to pick your colors. Sign up and pay at the office.
* 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 18 through March 24: Healthy U Pain Program. This 6-week workshop will help participants manage chronic pain. Register at the office.
* 2 p.m. Feb. 19: Trip presentation for the Heart of Texas tour, including Magnolia Market and HGTV Fixer Upper Tour and many more cities. The trip is Sept. 14-18. Stop by the office for brochures.
* 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19: Trip presentation for A Musical Nashville Christmas. The trip is Dec. 1-4.
* Noon Feb. 20: Make your own hand-dyed silk scarf with Crafting with Cookie. The cost is $12. Call for availability.
* 9 a.m. Feb. 21: Lawyer Series, Can I Protect Assets Against Beneficiary's Failed Marriage, Creditors, and Immaturity? Presented by James Hardgrove.
* 9 a.m. Feb. 21: Coffee Shop Hop. Everyone is welcome.
* 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27: Mystery Lunch. Call to register.
* 10 a.m. March 4: Trip presentation for New York, New York. The trip is July 3-7.
Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynolsburg News.