Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club Home Page - Club News - Soap Carving - Show and Tell
Recommended Resources Dues Reminder - Seminars - Meeting Location

Club News: back to table of contents

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.

Don't forget - This Saturday is the Club's Annual Picnic in Cottleville. Picnic Flyer with directions

Soap Carving Founders' Day - May 3 - Ft. Zumwalt Park back to table of contents

O'Fallon once again invited the Club to participate in the Founders Day celebration in Ft. Zumwalt Park by teaching soap carving to children. Several members participated and were assisted by high school volunteers. These volunteers made our life much easier by keeping the tables clean of excess soap shavings, helping instruct.

Between one and two hundred bars of soap were provided by the Founders Day organizers. All the club members had to do was bring the patterns, carving tools (popsicle stick knives), and show up. The soap carving was set to run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, but a constant stream of interested children ran through the soap long before 2:00 pm.

Below are some photos of the event. First is Alec, one of our volunteers, proudly showing off a turtle he carved, so that he would understand how to instruct the children. In the second picture member Dick Maes' wife Ellen (in red) helped unwrap soap, while Les Davis taught.

In the second row of photos Dick Maes is shown instructing some children, while another high school volunteer looks on ready to swoop down and clean up the soap shavings. In the nest photo Wilbert Brewton demonstrates proper carving techniques.

In the pictures below Wyatt Sample looks on while a couple children work on their carvings, and in the final picture our high school helpers teach a young student carver.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in April and just a smidge of May. The carvings were shown at our club meetings in Weldon Springs and also from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles.

Walt Schmierbach has been very busy. He showed a number of his fine chip carvings from eggs, to boxes to plates and more.

Below is one more of Walt's pieces followed by a Nuthatch carved by Bill Kuhn painted with acrylics and mounted on a butternut base. Also shown is a squirrel wood burning by Bill.

This next set of carvings include a turned plate in maple with texturing and airbrushing by Charlie Sapp, another Santa by Wyatt Sample based on an article in the Holiday 2013 Woodcarving Illustrated magazine, and Dan Hill showed two leaves he carved from basswood for small candy dishes.

Bob Berg brought in a village of his fantasy houses, and Les Davis showed his owl mounted on a tree stump with a woodpecker peeking out.

The following three pictures are some of the carvings by Don and Dee Kley. The first two pictures are some fun Easter carvings, a rose on an egg, a hatching chick, a bunny, and a robin. The last picture includes a set of angel carvings and a chip carving.

John Bouchillon showed his MacRuff the Moonshiner, his carved license plate holder, two caricatures and a yarn ball.

Last, but certainly not least are some delightful butterfly pins carved by Paul Medlin, and an Anchor and rope carved by Paul.

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

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. Meetings are held at the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project at 7295 Highway 94 South St. Charles, Missouri 63304. Visitors are always welcome!

You are also invited to carve with the Seasoned Eye group on Monday mornings from 9-noon at the St. Charles Senior Center on Fairgrounds (close to Bass Pro).

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.