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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.

Club Meeting Location
The Club voted change our meeting location. We are now using the Hollenbeck Middle School in the Francis Howell School District.



Events: back to table of contents

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers The 23th Annual Woodcarvers Show was held in Springfield, Illinois on August 31 through September 1. It ran from 10AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, and 10AM to 4:00PM on Sunday. Club members Bill Kuhn and Charlie Sapp attended the show and entered carvings for judging.

In the first picture below Charlie Sapp is shown at his table. The second picture is his Santa which garnered him a Judges' and a Peoples' Choice white ribbon. The third picture is Bill Kuhn's Dove, which got him a blue ribbon from the judges and a white ribbon from the Peoples' Choice.


The following are more carvings entered by Bill Kuhn. The first picture is an eagle relief carving for which he received a white Judges' Choice ribbon. The second picture is a grouping of country bears for which he received a Peoples' Choice red ribbon. The final picture includes a wood burning of a fireman and a Christmas mouse ornament.



Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in Aug. The carvings were shown at our club meetings at the new site, Hollenbeck Middle School, and also from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles.

First is Wyatt Sample's carving of a hobo, Bindlestick Brownie. The second picture is some of Fred Giger's canes for disabled soldiers. The final picture is a woodburning by Bill Kuhn.


Bob Craven shoed some of his wood burnings. He did a farm scene with on old barn and car, a scene of a fish jumping from the water after a lure, and scene with a buck deer.


Danny Hill showed a Santa ornament and a bear 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


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 Club is now meeting at the Hollenbeck Middle School off Central School Road. This is a permanent move from the Weldon Spring Site that we have used the last several years. See the PDF file linked below for a map to Hollenbeck Middle School with descriptions of the location. Visitors are always welcome!

Hollenbeck Middle School Map

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).