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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

2011 is over. A lot happened with the club this year and much is included in this newsletter: the Christmas party, the Oktoberfest, a Bob Biermann carving and painting class, and more. So keep scrolling, there are plenty of pictures.


Belleville Area Holzschnitzers Show, Belleville, Illinois

Many members of the club attended the Belleville show, but Pat Bauman and Bill Kuhn along with members of the West County Carvers participated in the show and raised money for the club's favorite charity. Jack Combs also participated and is shown with some of his outstanding works of art.

At our first meeting in November Rich Weitzman demonstrated hand sharpening to many interested club members.

Annual Election of Officers

The club re-elected officers and board members at the meeting.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest 2011 - Pumpkin Carving

Several members of the club participated in the Annual Saint Charles Oktoberfest again this year. Rich Weitzman, Charlie Sapp, John Bouchillon, and Carl Bowen all shared their pumpkin carving talents at the Riverfront event.

Carl Bowen and Charlie Sapp are shown above at the pumpkin carving booth.

Guest carver from Wichita - Marcie holds her carving. Some proud recipients of fine carved pumpkins.

Rich Weitzman hard at work.

Above are examples of pumpkins carved.

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

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

Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers Annual Christmas Party

We had a nice turnout with lots of good food and companionship.

A great tradition during the Christmas party is the ornament exchange. Everyone who wants to enter brings in a wrapped ornament and has the opportunity to pick an ornament. Below are pictures of the participants this year holding the ornaments which they received.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Pictured above is a wood burning done by Dan Hill after his Jen Kryling woodburning class. Also pictured are two animals, a duck and a pig, that Dan carved.

Carl Bowen, a new member, hasn't carved in wood yet, but he showed us his carving skills on golf balls he has been carving for awhile.

Walt Schmierbach is giving the carving he did above to Wayne Barton in recognition of his contributions to "teaching" Walt via his books and other information.

Moe Schmitz carved some beautiful wooden spoons to give as gifts over the holiday season.

Above are some more Bob Berg fantasy houses, and a flower carved by Charlie Sapp from a yew branch.

Charlie Sapp carved the letter openers, and Bill Kuhn carved the Carolina Wren.

Here are a few photos of some of Dick Weber's latest birds, not necessarily in the correct order. Miniature Canvasback, Barrows Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Harlequin Drake and the 3 birds that he took to the Columbia Flyway Show. He won 1 first and 2 second place ribbons.

Al did this relief based on a picture he found in a magazine. Bob Frey did the Joy carving in the Bob Biermann seminar, and Bill Kuhn did a John Engler relief carving.

John Bouchillon did some Santa carvings and did a Bob Biermann Joy carving. Moe Schmitz also did a Bob Biermann Joy snowman carving.

Rich and Wyatt showed thier Bob Biermann class carvings, and Tonya showed a cowboy that she carved.

Recommended Resources: back to table of contents

Wood Supplies

The following two links are to sources of carving woods. Heinecke 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.

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 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

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.  

Below are pictures from the Bob Bierman carving and painting seminar Oct 14-16.

Here are the carvings Bob had available for the seminar.

Here are some more carvings by Bob. These Santas were available as cutouts for purchase.

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