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St. Charles Area
Woodcarvers
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Since 1985

Newsletter Table of Contents:


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

Club News: back to table of contents

It may seem early, but the Annual Club Christmas Party will soon be upon us. It will be on the first Wednesday of December.

A special feature of the Christmas party is the Ornament Exchange. Wrap and bring in an ornament you carved and you will receive an ornament carved by another member. Start now so that you have yours ready.

As usual the club will supple meats and condiments. Bring in a side dish and your drinks.

At club meetings be sure to place your Show and Tell carvings on the table in the front of the room. Bill Kuhn will show them and ask the carver to tell the group about their carving. Afterward, that will give the other members an opportunity to go up and look over the carvings.

Next to the show and tell table are carving patterns provided by Bill Kuhn that you may pick up. He tries to introduce new patterns once a month. Be sure to check them out. If you have a pattern you would like to share bring it in.

Wyatt Sample will lead a class on carving a Holiday Penguin at the September meetings.

We plan to continue member led carving projects each meeting. If you are interested in leading a class please bring it up in the club meeting so we can plan for it. If there is a project you would like someone to lead please bring that up also.


Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

Jim Samson an owner of the Plank at 906 S Main St. in St. Charles invited members to come down during the Festival of the Little Hills to carve. He provided space in front of the store where we could promote the club, display and sell during the event. Several members took him up on the offer. It was lots of fun.

Pictured above left is Jim Samson and above right Wyatt Sample at the event.

Charlie Sapp poses above left with his table at the Plank. Above right is Rick Skwira with his table and some of his American Girl doll furniture.


Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Dick Weber has been busy carving and shared a number of his carvings with us. Above left are two golf ball carvings, and on the right is a polar bear.

Below left is a viking character carved by Dick. On the right Wyatt Sample brought in some very old carvings his did as a teenager. The are carved with a pocketknife out of 2x4 lumber.



Above left Dan Hill showed some nicely done chip carved crosses. On the right is a trapper which John Bouchillion wood burned. He also made the frame.

Above left is a tree of ornaments carved by John Bouchillon . On the right is Paul Medlin's mouse character.

Below are a number of bird carvings done by Dick Weber. I noted above that he has been busy. Next month he will share a number of character carvings he did based on Harley Refsal's book "Whittling Little Folk."





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 Maroushek 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.  


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. 



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