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St. Charles Area
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Since 1985


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

Summer can be busy. Hopefully everyone has made some time for thier wood carving. Several members have attended shows here at the end of summer.Thanks to those who have provided photos for the newsletter.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Soap carving in Dardeene Prairie Sept 17
Oktoberfest pumpkin carving Sept 24-25
Bob Bierman carving and painting seminar Oct 14-16 ($95)

For those that are pumpkin carving at Oktoberfest bring your tools for carving and cleaning out pumpkins (if you want to clean out the insides of your carving). Pumpkins will be provided.

Scheduled times are 11-3 both Sat and Sun; but you are welcome/encouraged to start early and carve late.


St. Louis Area Woodcarvers Show, Kirkwood, Missouri

The St. Louis Area Woodcarvers held their annual show, August 27 and 28, in Kirkwood, Missouri. Several members of the Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers showed their works/wares at the show and are shown below:

Rich Weitzman had his wares available.

Jack Combs poses with some of his bird carvings.
Bill Kuhn shows off a variety of carvings.

Sangamon Valley Wood Carving Show

Bill Kuhn, Jim Liefield, Jack Combs, and Charlie Sapp participated in the Sangamon Valley Wood Carving Show in Springfield, IL over the Labor Day weekend

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

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

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Pat Bauman carved the Angel ornaments, the fantasy houses and the Santa ornaments pictured above.

John Bouchillon brought in the books shown above to show the club. He noted that the Bunkhouse Boys by Duane Bryers and Dee Ray is an old book that has become popular because of the cowboy pictures that can be adapted to woodcarving. The second book "Relief Carving" is a collection of relief carving articles from past woodcarving magazine in one handy book.

Pictured above are Bob Berg's cowboy and Danny Hill's fox.

Bob Heinrich carved the cigar smoking wood spirit. Bill Kuhn burned the blue heron, and carved the duck shown above.

Charlie Sapp turned the golf ball holder and carved the faces in the golfballs above.

The eagle carving and mouse woodburning above were done by Tonya McFarland.

The barn and cowboy woodburnings above were burned by Tonya McFarland.

Paul Medlin wood burned the two scenes above in a Jen Kreyling class.

Recommended Resources: back to table of contents

Wood Supplies

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

Carving Video Instruction On-line FREE

Lynn Doughty is a western carver living in Oklahoma. He does a blog which provides tutorials on how he carves his characters with detailed instruction. There is no cost to the blog. It now has very well filmed video instruction - still for free. It is a great resource,check it out at Out West Woodcarving. The following pictures are examples from some of his instruction videos.

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 pictures are examples from some of his instruction videos. These carvings are demonstrated in a series of short videos. If you have high speed internet these videos are free and helpful. This 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

If you have any suggestions for future seminars, bring them up in the club meetings and we will see if we can get enough interest. If so we 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

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