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A Brief History of the Guild


In November 1975, three men from Wheeling, West Virginia, found themselves driving to Steubenville, Ohio, to attend meetings of the Steubenville Smoking Woodcarvers Club.  These men -- Bob Ligglebeck, Bill Zimmerman, and Irwin Zimmerman (no relation) – decided the monthly trip to Steubenville was not as fun as it had once been, and so they decided to form a local club.

The generous people at the Oglebay Institute provided the guys space in Tracy Hall on the campus of Wheeling College.  Having an idea and a place to gather, Bob, Bill and Irwin placed an ad in the paper asking people interested in working with wood to attend their first meeting in early 1976.

This first meeting of the Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild – named after the Oglebay Institute for their generous offer of a home for the Guild -- brought together 19 fellow carvers – and the Guild was formed.

From these 20 or so people, the Guild has grown to over 100 members – about 45-50 of them active in the Guild on a regular basis.

The Guild brings members from all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  The distances members travel to attend the meetings doesn’t seem to matter.  Members drive in from all over the place! 

Here is a list of a few of the places our members call home:

OHIO:
Scio
Richmond
Cadiz
Barnesville
Bellaire
Martin’s Ferry

WEST VIRGINIA:
New Martinsville
Moundsville
Glendale
Benwood
Weirton
West Liberty
Wheeling (of course!)

PENNSYLVANIA:
Claysville
Washington

 

 

 
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