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St. Charles Area
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Since 1985

Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club Home Page - 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

If you haven't been to the club website in awhile check out the new look and features.

Mark May 5th on your calendars for the annual OFallon Founders Day soap carving event. We expect a a big turn out of soap carvers this year. Always a fun event.

Bill Kuhn has begun placing copies of patterns on the front table each meeting. He plans to introduce new patterns once a month. Be sure to check them out.

Also we are now placing our 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.

In February Charlie Sapp provided instruction on carving eyes and noses. In our March meetings Wyatt Sample with help from Wilbert Brewton will lead members in carving a farmer Santa. The wood will be available, all you need are your tools: a sharp knife, a v-tool, and bring some gouges to pick from when putting in the cheeks.

Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

Below are picture of members at the February club meetings learning to carve eyes and noses under Charlie Sapp's instruction.

Bob Craven studies his stick above, while Charlie Sapp gives some instruction to Carl Bowen.

While Charlie Sapp is helping Carl Bowen, Al Westfall carves away on his stick. Tom Mortellaro and Bob Heinrich carve their sticks while Wilbert Brewton looks on providing additional instruction. Bob Berg and Bill Kuhn work on their study sticks.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Pictured above are two carvings by Bill Kuhn. The mountain lion was carved in basswood in a John Engler class, and painted with watercolors. Bill power carved the stylized cat in butternut and wood burned the eyes.

Bob Berg showed his owl walking stick topper. He didn't know what type of wood it was carved from.

Carl Bowen's flying pig is his second carving like this. The first was sold to a buyer in England.

In the Jan/Feb 2012 Chip Chats were a miniature sea turtle, and a carver freeing himself from from a log carved by Jim Liefield.

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.  

We discussed contacting Floyd Rhadigan to try to set up a class with him. Several of the members showed some interest. If you are interested let Rich or Wyatt know. If you are not familiar with him, he is a fantasy caricature carver. He is a member of the caricature carvers of America. To learn more about him and see some of his work check out this link. Three pictures of his carvings are shown below.

Floyd Rhadigan

We also plan to start doing more member led carving in the meetings. Wilbert and Wyatt plan to lead a class on carving a Farmer Santa. It is a small flat plane style carving designed by Lynn Diel who wrote the book "Flat Plane Carving the Nativity." See the picture below.

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