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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

Remember that the Carvers Christmas Ball is at our first meeting in December; Dec 5th. The Club will be providing the entree (cold cuts, cheese...) and table ware. Members are asked to bring a dish to share and their drinks (club will provide coffee).

We will also have the traditional ornament exchange. Bring in an ornament that you have created (carved, wood burned...) and it will be entered into a drawing with the other members that have brought one for the exchange.

The Christmas party is always a lot of fun and you never know what gifts Santa may have left. Hope to see you there.

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. There is only one carving meeting left this year, November 21, and then the Christmas meeting on December 5. We will resume the member led classes early in the new year.

Events: back to table of contents

John Bouchillon and Rich Weitzman carved pumpkins for the Winghaven Trick-n-Trunk event on October 20 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. for the St. Charles County Arts Council booth. Pictured below are the impressive carvings.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are pictures of completed carvings shown at the club meetings. The first three were shown at the Seasoned Eye Carvers meeting (same group as the SCAWC) who meet every Monday from 9am to noon at the St. Charles Senior Citizens Center, 1455 Fairgrounds (near the Bass Pro Shop).

Ann Bosley showed her polar bear, Don Bosley carved a sleeping hobo, and Don and Dee Kley had a display of autumn and Halloween carvings.

Bill Steele, one of our newer carvers, continues to be prolific, and does impressive work. Pictured below are an indian and mountain man, which he carved from Stu Martin roughouts. He also did a bird dog.

Bob Berg showed a pair of Thanksgiving style indians, a cowboy relief, and showed a pine and teak carving he picked up done by Alaskan carvers.

Tonya McFarland showed a Santa with with very nice coloring. Walt Schmierbach showed some of his intricately chip carved eggs at the Seasoned Eye Carvers meeting, and Charlie Sapp showed the Farmer Santa and holiday penguin from classes led by Wyatt Sample during club meetings.

Al Westfall showed his Farmer Santa from the club meeting class, and a pair of geese done in relief. Paul Medlin showed a pair of boots he carved and a Disney Pluto.

John Bouchillon showed an eagle plate he burned and painted, a bracelet holder he made for his daughter (he carved the stick) and added the other pieces, and he showed one of his carved pumpkins to the Seasoned Eye Carvers.

Last but certainly not least is a fine relief carving by Bill Kuhn of a Squirrel on a stump in the forest.

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. 

For questions regarding this Web Site, contact Webmaster: Wyatt Sample