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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

We are trying to bring in some outside national instructors to provide additional learning opportunities. Check out the Seminar section below for more details.

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.

Shown in the first picture below, Paula Noble, Publicity Officer for the British Wood Carvers Association, joined us from across the pond. She brought local american relatives, seen in the following photos, and visited our club both on a Wednesday night and on a Monday morning. Members enjoyed meeting her and discussing our carving styles and the British way of doing things. You can see her updates on the doings of the British Wood Carvers Association in the English Wood Carving magazine.

Events: back to table of contents

May 4 - Founders Day - Soap Carving CANCELLED
May 11 Club Picnic - Park in Cottleville-large pavillion (food noon)

Woodcarving Congress The 46th Annual Woodcarvers Congress will be held in Maquoketa, IA, the 2nd week of June - 6/9/13 through 6/16/13. Carol Leavy with the International woodcarvers congress provided the information in the pictures below

The following passage is from the Congress web site at AWC Ltd. The International Woodcarvers Congress is believed to be the longest running, competitively judged, woodcarving art show in the United States. It is truly the most prestigious show of its kind. Artists from all over the United States, Canada and overseas have competed for cash and awards at the Congress.

The show and competition are just a part of the festivities held during Congress Week. Congress Week is held the second full week of June at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060. Other activities during the week include a series of carving seminars, the Awards Banquet, the AWC Membership Meeting and the Judges Critique Sessions.

Membership to the AWC and participation in the International Woodcarvers Congress is open to anyone interested in the art of woodcarving. Annual membership includes informational newsletters, reduced admission to the show during Congress Week upon showing your membership card, access to the seminars and competition, and a copy of the annual pictorial Show Report.

You are encouraged to join AWC and promote woodcarving through participation in the Congress. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st and $15 for a member living in the United States and $20 (US Funds) for all other countries. You may access a Membership Application for now if you desire.

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers The 23th Annual Woodcarvers Show will be held in Springfield, Illinois on August 31 through September 1. It will run from 10AM to 5:00PM on Saturday and 10AM to 4:00PM on Sunday. There will be a $3 admission fee.

The event will be held in the the Illinois Building, in the Illinois State Fairgrounds, in Springfield, IL. There will be nineteen competition categories ( $3 entry fee for each category ), seminars, silent auctions, door prize drawings, and numerous vendors. Food will be available for purchase on site.

Registration Co-Chairs are Lee & Betty Legg 217 546-8792,

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are pictures of completed carvings shown at the club meetings in April. Glenda Taber returned from her self imposed winter exile and brought back some some of her works along with some ribbons.

The first carving is a chip carved clock which Glenda gave to her daughter. The second carving is a lighthouse scene carved in a large egg; the scene is backlit by a small light inserted in the back layer. To make the carving, first the egg is sliced in three or four layers. Each layer is separately carved, and then glued back together. The last item is a carved Ostrich egg. It was carved with dental tools.

The following carvings by by Wyatt Sample. First is a caveman, which would look good in any Man Cave. It is 3 inches tall. The second is an Amish farmer from Harley Refsal's book.

Bill Steele brought two of his impressive works to the meeting. Shown below are a Trapper and and Indian he carved from Stu Martin roughouts.

John Bouchillon showed an eagle he burned in leather and framed. Bob Berg showed an indian bust

Charlie Sapp showed a cowboy carving and Rick Skwira showed a snowman and Santa he carved.

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.  

Floyd Rhadigan contacted us with a couple dates that he is available to do a class. 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 the link below.

Floyd Rhadigan

The dates he has open are June 28-30 and Sept 27- 29. He requires a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 15. The cost is $160 per student plus rough-outs. The rough-outs are reasonably priced. He will bring over 60 rough-out to choose from and his sharpening set up.

If some one will put him up while he is here the cost would be reduced to $150 per student. I suggest instead that if someone lets him stay with them that person should get a discount and others should still pay $160. That will give someone an incentive to do so.

He provided three Catalogues in PDF format. See the links below. You can see items he offers as well as the rough-out prices.

Fantasy Catalogue Santa Catalogue Cowboys Catalogue

Below are pictures of just three of the items in his catalogue.

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