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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 Belleville Area Holzschnitzers' show is coming up November 3 and 4. It is the largest local show, well worth going to. There are some great carvers, wood suppliers, and tools. Some of our members will be showing their carvings and tools at the show. Mark your calendars.

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 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.


Events: back to table of contents

The Sangamon Valley Woodcarving show was held in Springfield, Illinois on Sept 1 & 2, 2012. Members Bill Kuhn, Charlie Sapp, and former member Jim Liefield all attended the show. The following are some pictures from that show.

The picture upper left is a wood burned hawk shown by Bill Kuhn which earned two blue ribbons. On the right is his humming bird which earned a red and blue ribbon.


The picture upper left is Bill's Buffalo head hen and on the right is his bookworm; both ribbon winners.


Above left are some quails carved by former member Jim Liefield, and on the right an award winning Santa by Charlie Sapp.



The above three carvings are some of the carvings entered in the show; Santas, Human Caricature, and Relief carvings.



Several of carvers represented the Saint Charles Area Woodcarving Club at the Oktoberfest in downtown St. Charles on September 29 and 30.

Pictured above are Rich Weitzman and John Bouchillon. They carved pumpkins both days. The frog pumpkin in front of Rich was carved by Wyatt Sample (not shown) who carved one day with them.


The picture above is a panorama picture of the all the pumpkins taken with an iphone. There was some error in the image (note the frog is missing much of his body), but most came out well. John did a number of pumpkin carvings of some of Snow White's dwarfs. Rich did an owl, dog, and a pumpkin face within a pumpkin. Wyatt Sample did a frog and a clown.


Club Meeting Pictures: back to table of contents

Below are pictures from the September Club meetings.


Bill Steele is shown in the upper left working on a Holiday Penguin.
Paul Medlin and Jim Samson are shown on the right also working on the class project Holiday Penguin.


Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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


Jim Samson and Rick Skwira showed the holiday penguins they carved in the Wyatt Sample led instruction at the the first club meeting in September.






As promised in the last newsletter, Dick Weber showed a number of character carvings from the Harley Refsal book "Whittling Little Folk."
These are fun and fairly quick carvings to do once you get the feel for them. Inspired by Dick Weber's
carvings, Wyatt Sample brought in a carving he did from Harley Refsal's book.


Above are two interesting works by Glenda Taber. The first is an example of Kolrosing. Kolrosing is a very old method of giving fine line surface decoration to wood. She described how she etched the wood and then rubbed ground up coffee into the lines before lightly sanding to create the finished product.

The second work is a 3d carving from a dinosaur egg. (A wooden dinosaur egg) First, the egg is cut length-way into three parts. Each part is separately carved then all parts are glued together. A hole is also cut in the lower back and a light inserted to create a back lit 3d woodcarving.


Above left are two ornaments that Charlie Sapp turned and carved. On the Santa ornament, he separately turned the bottom in maple and added it.

The carving on the right is a Santa which Charlie showed at the Springfield, Illinois show receiving a Red Ribbon People's Choice award and a blue ribbon.


Bill Steele showed two of his latest carvings; a mountain man bust and a buffalo. To carve the buffalo he laminated several boards, each of which had been separately cut out so that when glued together they created a roughout of the buffalo.


Pat Bauman carved the ornaments above to contribute to the West County Woodcarvers, who sell them for charity.


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.


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