Calusa Wood Carvers show to showcase Hudson woman

HUDSON - Look up the word "creative" in the dictionary and a photo of Paulette Humphrey might appear alongside the definition. The Hudson-area woman has created oil paintings of horses. She forges handmade jewelry of silver spoons and beads. She and husband Terry design and sell costumes for holidays and renaissance fairs. Only three years ago, she took up wood carving and developed a deft touch for the craft in short order. Humphrey will become the featured carver at the 2013 Calusa Wood Carvers Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. This will be the show's 32 year.
Her wooden wonders have won numerous awards at the Florida State Fair and the Calusa Wood Carving Shows. Quite by accident, Humphrey discovered the wood carving program. She and Terry like to walk at Veterans Memorial Park. One day they went inside the recreation complex and read a brochure about the wood carving program held there every Tuesday afternoon. She met the instructor, Ed McCarthy, and joined his group. She started carving with hand gouges. She carved a little dog, a foal with a butterfly on its hip, a bear, a dog lying down, and several canes with dragons and other animals. McCarthy talked her into entering one of her dragon canes in the Florida State Fair, which won a blue ribbon. Humphrey has tried carving in the round but really loves shallow relief and woodburning. She gets ideas from nature, books, and her imagination. She draws her envisioned designs on the wood, often as her husband is driving. She later decides if the design should be a relief, a burning, or a combination of the two, usually improvising as she proceeds with the carving. Humphrey has discovered a Dremel speeds up much of the carving process so she uses power for many projects. Basswood is her preferred wood, but she will try about any wood. She was born into an artistic family. An uncle, Fred Knorr, was an art professor at Ohio State University with paintings in the Smithsonian. Her grandfather, Paul John Knorr, taught his grandchildren to paint when they were small as she grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area. She and husband, Terry, worked in the interior decorating field, hung wallpaper professionally and raced harness horses. About 20 years ago, the couple moved to the Hudson area. They started an online business creating, and selling costumes. The business continues to thrive to this day. They split time here and their farm in Indiana. The Calusa Wood Carver's Show and Sale will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 2 and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 3. For more information, contact David Gourley at (727) 376-2180 or
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