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Table of Contents:

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

Club News:

The club meets twice a month - the first and third Wednesdays at 7pm!     

On January 30, a group of members got together to review the club's video library to determine if the videos were still good. Some had gone bad and were thrown away. Rich Weitzman and Bob Berg volunteered to convert some of them to CD format to preserve them.

If you check out the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of Chip Chats, you can see Bill Kuhn's pair of ducks, he entered at the 30th North Arkansas carver's show.

Wyatt Sample

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

Below Tom Mortellaro works on an alligator and Moe Schmitz chats. Next to them Mike Simpson and Bill Kuhn talk as Mike watches Wilbert Brewton instruct Martha Byron. Below Bob Berg with his Santas ( see them in the show n tell section) and working on another carving. The final picture shows Bob Berg, Bill Kuhn, and Bob Craven chatting.

Below Wilbert Brewton instructs Martha Byron on carving an ear. Paul Medlin works on a hillbilly character. Below Moe Schmitz and Pat Bauman discuss their carvings.

Below the volunteer group of Rich Weitzman, Bob Berg, Martha Byron, Wyatt Sample, and Wilbert Brewton watch a carving video to see if it is worth keeping in the library. Camera man, Bill Kuhn, was also present as the members reviewed all the videos in the Library on Saturday, January 30.

Underneath that John Bouchillon, Bob Berg, Bob Heinrich, and Wilbert Brewton listen while Martha Byron explains her carving studies with Wilbert. He instructs her in carving one part of the face at a time. Once she masters all the pieces she can put them all together.

President Rich Weitzman works on his netbook.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following pictures were supplied by Jim Liefield and represent a three year Nativity scene project. The date stamp on the pictures is not accurate.

There are two views of Mary, Joseph, and a Shepherd.

This set of nativity scene characters includes the baby Jesus, his bed, a donkey, a cow, an Angel and all the figures together.

This final set of pictures includes a Golden Budda carved by Moe Schmitz as a Christmas gift to Pat Bauman.

There are two Santas carved by Bob Berg and a Pen Santa by Bob Berg.

Mike Simpson's Wedding scene tops a family heirloom carving. A closeup of the bride and groom are also shown. Throughout the owner's life, Mike will expand the carving with addition important events.

On the bottom right is a wood spirit which Tom Mortellaro carved on his walking stick.

Syl Bax carved this Kistrol Hawk.

He carved it from Basswood using hand tools for about 80% of the carving and power tools for the remainder. The Hawk is attached to driftwood he found at Bull Shoals lake and mounted on a cherry base.

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 President Rich Weitzman 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.

Contact us for more information on the club or activities. 

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