Oakhurst, Calif. is the self-proclaimed carved bear capital of the world. The Talking Bear welcomes visitors to town. // (c) 2011 sporst /
Oakhurst, Calif. is the self-proclaimed carved bear capital of the world. The Talking Bear welcomes visitors to town. // (c) 2011 sporst / Flickr.com

Oakhurst, Calif., best know as the gateway city to Yosemite National Park, also has a lesser claim to fame. It’s the self-proclaimed carved bear capital of the world. In total, the community is home to more than 100 distinctly carved wooden bears.

The Talking Bear welcomes visitors to Oakhurst, Calif., the self-proclaimed carved bear capital of the world. Every year aritsts gather for the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous // (c) 2011 sporst /
The Talking Bear welcomes visitors to Oakhurst, Calif., the self-proclaimed carved bear capital of the world. Every year aritsts gather for the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous // (c) 2011 sporst /

Oakhurst, and the Southern Sierra Nevada area, are also home to a talented group of woodcarving artists, who gather every year for the annual Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous

The week-long event, which is jointly sponsored by he California’s Carver’s Guild, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, features a week of classes, seminars and demonstrations by expert woodcarvers from around the area.

All level of carvers — beginner, intermediate and advanced — are welcome to attend, and classes also include a variety of other crafts programs.

Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous Events

One of the instructors at the Woodcarvers Rendezvous shows the methods he uses to carve lifelike trout. // (c) 2012 Yosemite This Year
One of the instructors at the Woodcarvers Rendezvous shows the methods he uses to carve lifelike trout. // (c) 2012 Yosemite This Year

Classes during the week-long event include polymer clay beads & buttons, macramé belts & key chains, wire wrapping, carving faces into hiking/walking sticks, ornament painting, bird carving, tatting and knitting/crocheting, wood burning, flat plane carving, stained glass stepping stones, relief carving, crushed stone inlay and stich beading.

Registration for the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous is $105.00 for one person, or $160.00 per couple, which allows participants to attend as many classes as they like. The price also includes coffee every morning, a couple of dinners and a final night potluck.

This year’s event also includes an optional tour to Yosemite and the surrounding area for an additional $100, including lunch.

Location
Oakhurst Community Center
Oakhurst, Calif.

Dates
April 6-13, 2014

More Information
www.sierranewsonline.com