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Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club News - Meeting Pictures - Show and Tell - Recommended Resources
Dues Reminder - Seminars - Meeting Location - Member Web Page Update

Club News: back to table of contents

Club Picnic - June 5 from 10AM to 3PM

The Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers are holding their long awaited picnic at the local park in Cottleville, MO on June 5th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Club members, spouses, and children are all welcome. The Club is providing hotdogs, brats, and drinks. You are asked to bring a side dish. Please let us know at the meeting on Wednesday June 2, or prior to that by email so we know how much food and drink to provide. If you don't inform us and do choose to come don't forget to bring your own hotdog or brat.

The following is a wide area map to help you locate Cottleville.

The following is a detail map to help you find your way to the park which is next to City Hall in Cottleville.

A Special Thanks

A special thanks goes out to former carving club member, Bill Lackey and to Cal Calkins, for donating their books, video, and roughouts to the club.

Rockler Membership Drive

Club President, Rich Weitzman, Bill Kuhn, and Charlie Sapp represented the club at the Rockler Guild Membership Drive held at Rockler in Bridgeton on April 24 to celebrate National Woodworking Month. Rich and Bill are shown here.

Belleville Show Winners

These are three carvings shown by members at the Belleville show last November. Bill Kuhn took 3rd place In Aquatic for his carving of a whale titled "Moving On." He received a 1st Place for his Pyrograpy entitled "On the Run." John Bouchillion took a 3rd place Seminar Human for his carving "In or Out" from a Dave Stetson seminar.

Founders Day Soapcarving Event

The soap carving at the O'Fallon Founders' Day event was a great success. One hundred and twenty children and adults were introduced to soap carving by by club members, Rich Weitzman, Bob Berg, Wilbert Brewton, Bill Kuhn, and Charlie Sapp. It was a great way for the club to get some community exposure. Charlie Sapp provided a number of photos of the event.

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

Below are pictures of members at club meetings, carving and socializing.

Al Westfall chats with Martha Byron. New member, Don Schuh carves next to them.
Martha takes a picture of Tom Mortellaro's Alligator as Bill Kuhn looks on.

Bob Berg, Don Schuh, and Wyatt Sample were all concentrating on thier carving.

Jack Combs (left) came to the meeting bringing his carving of the St. Louis Cardinals symbol. Jim Liefield (right) made an appearance and brought in some of his nativity pieces which are pictured in the last newsletter. They are even more impressive when seen in person.

Pat Bauman shows Moe Schmitz his relief carving in process.
Paul Medlin shares his work.

Bob Heinrich and Wilbert Brewton discuss woodcarving philosophy.
Bill Kuhn give Chris Klinkhardt some advice

Wilbert Brewton talks with newcomer Bob Becker.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are pictures of completed carvings shown at the club meetings.

Wyatt Sample's newsboy scene finally completed from the Bob Bierman class.
Jack Comb's St. Louis Cardinal.

Three of Wyatt Sample's Christmas elf ornaments.

Tom Mortellaro carved this alligator whistle. It slides in and out to change the whistle's pitch.

This is a buzzard carved by new member Don Schuh.
Another view of Don's buzzard
Al Westfall carved this moose relief and gave it to his son so the picture was taken from a picture Al brought in.

John Bouchillon carved this bust.

John contributed this model to the club after using it as a go by for his bust.

Recommended Resources: back to table of contents

The following two links are to sources of carving woods. Heineke comes to the Belleville woodcarving show each year and to other shows and provides excellent wood. Slim also comes to the Belleville show and has also attended our woodcarving shows.

Heinecke Wood
Slim's Woodshed

Lynn Doughty is a western carver living in Oklahoma. He does a blog which provides tutorial on how he carves his characters with detailed instruction. There is no cost to the blog. It is a great resource,check it out at Out West Woodcarving. The following pictures are examples of some of the carvings that he gives specific instruction on.

Gene Messar is a Flat Plane carver living on the Texas/Louisiana border. He has done a number of videos on youtube demonstrating the carving of santas, snowmen, Rufus and Sadie, hillbilly, wizard, hobo, halloween ghost, a scene with a dog treeing a raccoon in a tree and others. The following is a picture of some of his carvings.

Each carving is demonstrated in a series of short videos. If you have high speed internet these videos are free and helpful. It is a great resource, check it out at Whittler0507

Dues: back to table of contents

There are no dues at club meetings, but be sure to pay your annual dues.   Check with Club Treasurer Charlie Sapp if you are unsure if you are paid up to date.   -- Club dues are $15.00 per year and include the website and electronic newsletter.

Seminars: back to table of contents

Corky Breece, Seminar Chairman

We held a Bob Bierman Santa seminar in January and a painting seminar in February. In October we had a Jen Kreyling woodburning seminar. Corky has a John Engler seminar scheduled for May 14-16, 2010.

If you have any suggestions for future seminars, just get in touch with Corky and he will look into it and if we can get enough interest he will get it scheduled.    

For seminars - the doors generally open in the morning at 8:30am and end in the evening at 5:00pm.  Ask your instructor for exact times.  

Meeting Time and Location: back to table of contents

Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The meetings include a brief business meeting followed by a carving session. The meeting location has changed. Meetings are now held at the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project at 7295 Highway 94 South St. Charles, Missouri 63304. Visitors are always welcome!

Weldon Spring Department of Energy site.  From highway 40/61 or I-70 exit highway 94 and continue south toward Defiance.  It is just past the Francis Howell High School.  When you see a Quonset hut on the right hand side it is the next driveway / facility.

Member Web Pages-Update: back to table of contents

New members - be sure to get with Wyatt Sample and provide him with some pictures of your work and a background write up for the website. 

All Members, please feel free to update the information for your page on the website any time. Just send an email to the webmaster, Wyatt Sample, (link at bottom of page) with any new information about yourself.

Please provide some information about any new carving you want displayed and either send in a digital picture or bring in a picture of your carving to be scanned. You can look through the other member pages to see what type of information others have provided.

Reminders to Members

The Debbie Edwards go-by of a raccoon on a stump is missing from the library. Please bring it back if you have it or notify the club so we can account for it.

Please feel free to borrow books, tapes, cd's, and go-bys, but do return them within a reasonable amount of time so that others may have a chance to use them.

Contact us for more information on the club or activities. 

For questions regarding this Web Site, contact Webmaster: Wyatt Sample