In October of 1983 a group of woodcarvers met in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Byram, MS to explore the idea of starting an organization that would have as its purpose to promote and preserve woodcarving. Out of this meeting came an organization called the Mississippi Pearl River Woodcarvers. During the first two years of its existence there was an average attendance of sixteen people at the once-a-month meetings.
Our Newsletter History
We had read in a nationally known woodcarver’s magazine, called, “Chip Chats,” that one of the secrets of success for acarvers’ groups was the publication of a newsletter. Such a letter, sent monthly,would advise themembers of activities and remind them of the meeting time andplace.
A special logo was created for the“Newsletter” and for the organization’s correspondence. Included in each issue of the “Newsletter” was an original woodcarvingpattern. Space was also given for promoting woodcarvers and their carvings.
Included also was practical information about carving, supplies, and equipment. “Chip Chats” picked up some of these patterns and published them, which resulted in contacts with other carvers around our State. Soon 75 people were receiving the newsletter.
The funds for the publication and mailing costs came from money thrown into a basket at each meeting. Years later, there would be a membership fee out of which the newsletter would be published and mailed out to the membership.