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S4 Episode 03: Wood Carving

Award-winning wood carver Shelly Weiser tells how he began carving at age 75, learned from a master carver and teaches kids and adults at the Naperville Park District.

Shelly Weiser with some of his artwork.

This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit

Quote from the episode:

“To create something in art is a good feeling. You start with just a plain piece of wood and you make something artistic out of it. And so, it's very fulfilling for me. I have so much fun. And with the kids, they love it, and it happens with the older people, too.”- Shelly Weiser

The Naperville Park District wood carving drop-in class meets Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. This is a free activity for adults 50 and over.

Wood carving drop-in class participant, Tom, commented on what he appreciates most about the Tuesday morning carving group:

“I think the biggest thing is the camaraderie: a lot of times, we’ll have a bunch of people here and nobody’s carving anything—we’re just visiting, like the fellow over here talking about his health issues, and things like that. It’s like friends getting together over coffee.  And you can be listening while you’re playing around with your carvings.”

Shelly helping a student in the youth carving class

Register for the fall youth wood carving class here.

Read more about Shelly in the ParkTalk Blog

Watch the video story by reporter Blane Erwin at NCTV-17

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