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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

Several club members participated in soap carving for the annual OFallon Founders Day event on May 5th. We had a big turn out of soap carvers this year. Over 200 soap carvers went through in the three hours we carved before running out of soap. We kept very busy the whole time.

The following are some pictures from the soap carving event.

Shown above is Jeane Crawford helping some carvers out. To the right some parents work with their children on the carvings.

Tonya McFarland and Bob Berg are shown above working with soap carvers.

Wyatt Sample and Rich Weitzman work with soap carvers. Charlie Sapp also worked with the carvers, but we relied on the pictures he took, so unfortunately he is not included in one of the pictures.

May 19th was our annual club picnic in Cottleville. The weather turned out great. A breeze kept us comfortable as we enjoyed brats and hot dogs and good company. Below are some pictures taken of the event.

Bob Heinrich organized the pavilion and most important cooked some awesome hot dogs and brats. Dan Hill, John Bouchillion, and Tom Mortellaro get their plates ready.

More views of the picnic.

Rick Skwira and Rich Weitzman chat. Nice to see to younger people at the picnic. Bob Heinrich just needs to turn them into carvers.

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 trys to introduce new patterns once a month. Be sure to check them out.

John Bouchillon will be leading a class during the next meeting in carving a crescent Santa. He will follow it with a painting class. 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

Below are pictures from the last May Club meeting.

Wilbert Brewton demonstrates how to carve a face with a mallet.
Club members work on carving their faces.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

John Bouchillon showed a Dwarf notepad holder he carved. Wyatt Sample showed an Uncle Sam. Both were carved in basswood and painted with acrylics.

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.

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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