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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

The club completed the year 2012 with its annual Carvers Christmas Ball at the first meeting in December; Dec 5th. The Club providing the entree (cold cuts, cheese...) and table ware. Members brought side dishes, drinks, and, deserts to share. We also held the traditional ornament exchange. Those members that brought an ornament, drew numbers to pick a wrapped ornament in exchange.

The following are pictures of members showing the Christmas ornaments they received.

First are Bill Kuhn, Charlie Sapp, and Bob Craven.



Below are Dan Hill, Dee Kley, and Don Kley.

Below are John Bouchillon, Paul Medlin, and Tonya McFarland.

The final members exchanging ornaments were Walt Schmierbach, Dick Weber, and Wyatt Sample



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.

We plan to continue member led carving projects during meetings. 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. We will resume the member led classes early in the new year.


Events: back to table of contents

Rick Skwira, shown in the first two pictures below, Charlie Sapp, shown in the third picture, and Dale Sapp, all taught soap carving to the Henderson Elementary art students of Kimberly Skwira and Liz (last name unknown). Kimberly is shown kneeling in the third picture with some of her students. Liz is shown standing in the first picture carving with her students. There were three sessions with over 90 total students taught.


Several club members attended the Belleville Area Holzschnitzers' show on November 3 and 4. There tables are shown below in the following order: John Bouchillon's, Charlie Sapp's, Rich Weitzman's, and Wyatt Sample's tables.




Several club members also entered their carvings in the Belleville Area Holzschnitzers' show competition. The carvings are a wood burned and painted eagle by John Bouchillion, a woodburned hawk by Bill Kuhn, a cowboy by Charlie Sapp, and a hummingbird carved by Bill Kuhn..




Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are pictures of completed carvings shown at the club meetings in November and December. The first carving below is an Amish Farmer carved by Wyatt Sample, the next two carvings are by Dan Hill. First a set of holiday penguins, and the last picture is a set of chip carved Christmas ornaments.


Bill Steele carved the dragon and the gargoyle below based on the book, "Carving Fantasy Creatures," by Floyd Rhadigan. He carved the indian in the second picture based on a Stu Martin roughout. The third picture is a holiday penguin carved by Paul Medlin.


John Bouchillon showed a forest style snowman designed by Bob Biermann. He also showed two carvings of Pluto, which are designed to attach to a notepad, and finally three Christmas ornament lightbulbs.



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.



Woodcarving Tools and Supplies

Chipping Away


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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