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Newsletter Table of Contents:

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

Coming Events: back to table of contents

Members of the Club again will have the opportunity to participate with The Arts Council of St. Charles County in the Lions Club's Oktoberfest at Frontier Park on the St. Charles Riverfront. This year's event will be held on September 24 and 26. Carving will be from 1 pm to 3 pm on the 24th and 25th. Club members will carve pumpkins and may also carve wood. Mark your calendars and let Charlie Sapp know that you will be attending.


Former club members Bill and Jane Smith have a wooden laboratory table with a formica top. It is 1-inch thick. The table size is 3 feet by 6 feet. It is in used condition. The table is free for any taker. All they have to do is come and pick it up.

Jane and Bill live at 236 Glasgow Drive in St. Charles. Their phone number is 636-352-4717.

Club News: back to table of contents

Club Picnic - June 5

The Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers held a picnic at the local park in Cottleville, MO on June 5th. Club members, spouses, and children were all welcome. The Club provided hotdogs, brats, and drinks while members brought side dishes. The following are some pictures from the picnic.

Doane Seminar

Several members and spouses of the Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers Club and other local clubs attended "The Doane Experience," an Annual Seminar held at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. The following are pictures of some of the creations they made.

Al Westfall carved the bull in the first picture above. The basket in the center was made by June Westfall. The bird was done by Larry Keller.

Charles Sapp's fish is shown in the first picture. Dale Sapp's baskets are pictured in the center above. Jean Keller's art is shown on the right.

The indian and companion was done by Dee Kley. Don Kley made the basket shown in the center above. John Bouchillon's bird is pictured on the right.

Lana Bouchillon created the basket pictured above.

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

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

Bill Kuhn helps Paul Medlin with his carving of a Santa egg. The eggs at the right were provided by Bill for club members to use as go bys while he instructed the club in the carving of the Santa egg.

Wilbert Brewton demonstrated the carving of a wood spirit. He then helped other members begin their own wood spirits. This instruction is expected to carry over into future meetings. Wilbert and Bill Kuhn had calipers which they shared with other carvers. The calipers on the right were made by Wyatt Sample after Bill showed him his and provided some basic guidance. They were easy to make and come in very handy. Cut a dowel rod down the middle. Drill a screw hole near one end. Carve out a small space on each dowel half to sink the screw and nut. Put it together and then shape it and sand it down.

Martha looks on at the Club library while Tom Mortello searches for an interesting book. The Club decided to pull the library out of the closet each meeting so that members will have easier access to it. John Bouchillon and Moe Schmitz share ideas.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Pictured above is Bob Berg's Christmas plaque done in the John Engler class and Santa egghead from Bill Kuhn's class. On the right above is Paul Medlin's covered bridge, another of John Englers offerings.

Tom Mortellero carved the lamb above and also the wooden spoons.

The carvings above were all done by Glenda Tabor. The first relief was done using a drawing by John Bouchillon. The second relief garnered Glenda a 3rd place ribbon at the Coastal Bend Woodcarvers Show in Texas. She carved the cardinal on her own with power tools.

These two works above are also by Glenda Tabor. The swan was carved in butternut. The scrimshaw piece was done with a sewing needle.

Distant club member Dick Weber provided some pictures of carvings to demonstrate what he has been working on this year. For him, he said, it is the year of the bird. He is still carving Cottonwood Bark houses and a caricature or two but the birds are taking up most of his carving time. From the number he has worked on that certainly is believable. In January he started carving birds, again, with an instructor he had about 20 years ago. They started with the Mallard drake shown in the first two pictures above.

After the Mallard Dick carved the full size loon shown in the three pictures above.

The full size Canada goose above was done on a Big Sky Goose blank.

The Blue Wing Teal above is a bird he started with his instructor 18 years ago and finished a few weeks ago.

The cork body Bufflehead was started 4 years ago and he said he hopes to complete in the next 2 weeks. By the time you read this he likely has completed it.

The last bird is a Graylag Goose, a semi domesticated European Goose. He expects to complete it by the end of August, and plans to do a Cinnamon Teal next.

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.

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