Freeman said the donated carvings are just one example of how the club has become a labor of love for members. He said it costs a lot of money to maintain the building and keep the club up and running, and the $10 annual dues members pay doesn’t cover it.
But whenever there’s an especially high heat bill or big expense, Freeman said someone always pitches in and slips an officer $100 or some other cash donation.
“It never fails,” he said. “People always come through to keep this going.”
It’s that dedication from members that’s made the club so popular and helped it grow over the last 25 years, Freeman said, and it’s the kind of dedication you don’t find in many other carving clubs.
For example, he said the group in Indianapolis only has about 75 members, and it meets in the basement of a church. Even though Converse is vastly smaller than Indy, with only around 1,200 residents, it’s become the go-to place for woodcarvers all over the country.
“There aren’t any places like this anywhere,” Freeman said. “It’s special.”
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.