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Employment History


Central Wisconsin Wood Carvers Association


Affiliated Woodcarvers


master carver

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Greg Wirtz has turned ... [cached]

Greg Wirtz has turned his wood carving hobby into a prize-winning skill.

"I started roughly 20 years ago," said Wirtz, 60, of Wisconsin Rapids. "And I just happened to be working with a fellow who was an excellent bird carver. He got me started."
With a bit of determination and practice, Wirtz said he was able to turn his carving into a skill.
"It wasn't artistic or anything," said Wirtz. "Just some classes and determination, and the rest is history."
Wirtz said he particularly likes to do relief carvings, which are three-dimensional. He also prefers working with more round or realistic figures, such as images of Santa Claus.
"The relief carvings I'm doing now are actually a very ancient style," said Wirtz. "People haven't done it for so long, they think it's new."
Using knives, chisels, hammers and mallets, Wirtz designs different pieces out of basswood or butternut wood.
"To me it's a hobby," Wirtz said. "And it's relaxing. I'm creating something with my hands, instead of just pushing a button."
Wirtz is president of the Central Wisconsin Wood Carvers Association, made up of members from across northern and central Wisconsin.
Wirtz not only travels across the state to enter his carvings in competitions and fairs, but to national and international contests in Nebraska, South Carolina and Iowa.
One of his pieces, which he calls the "Good Shepherd," took a blue ribbon at an international competition in Des Moines.
Wirtz said he based the carving on a picture that was in his grandfather's house years ago.
In the last 10 years he's entered his work in competition at the Central Wisconsin State Fair.
Wirtz said depending on the subject, some of his pieces can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months to complete.
Wirtz, who also teaches wood carving, said practically anyone can learn the skill with some practice.
"It's always a learning experience," Wirtz said.
Three wood carvings by Greg Wirtz that won blue ribbons are reflected in a fourth - a framed mirror - that also won a blue at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield. Purchase this Photo
Three wood carvings by Greg Wirtz that won blue ribbons are reflected in a fourth - a framed mirror - that also won a blue at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield.(Dan Young/Central Wisconsin Sunday)

September 2009 [cached]

Greg Wirtz is from up around Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and is president of Affiliated Woodcarvers, and a sponsor of the annual International Wood Congress in the Quad Cities, Iowa.

August 2009 [cached]

Greg Wirtz is president of Affiliated Wood Carvers, and a sponsor of the International Wood Congress.

August 2008 [cached]

Judges - Dennis Neubauer, tool maker & Greg Wirtz, master carver

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Judges - Denny Neubauer, tool maker & Greg Wirtz, master carver

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