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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.

43rd Midwestern Woodcarvers Show - Belleville, IL
Bill Kuhn, Charlie Sapp, and John Bouchillon all had tables at the Belleville show Nov 2-3, 2014.

Shown below is a dove by Bill Kuhn, wood burnings including Bill's Duck, Eagle (white ribbon), and his fireman.

The group below includes Charlie Sapp's show table, a segmented bowl with over 400 pieces that earned a red ribbon, and his cigar store indian which garnered a white ribbon.

John Bouchillon relaxes below behind his show table.

Events: back to table of contents

Club Christmas Party

The following pictures were taken during the club Christmas Party held at our meeting place, the Hollenbeck Middle School. We had a nice turnout of members, and plenty of food. We had a variety of meats and cheeses, desserts, and side dishes brought in by members.

Ornament Exchange As part of the Club Christmas Party we hold an ornament exchange. All members who bring an ornament will receive an ornament from another member. The following pictures show the recipient with the ornament they drew.

Below Amber Cheshire shows her ornament carved by John Bouchillon, Bill Kuhn shows his ornament carved by Bob Berg, and Bob Berg shows his ornament carved by Wyatt Sample.

Below Bob Craven shows his ornament carved by Dick Weber, Charlie Sapp shows his ornament carved by Bob Craven, and Dick Maes shows his ornament carved by Tonya McFarland.

Below Rick Skwira shows his ornament carved by Dick Maes, Dick Weber is shown with his ornament carved by Paul Medlin, and John Bouchillon shows his ornament carved by Rick Skwira.

Below Paul Medlin shows his ornament carved by Amber Cheshire, Tonya McFarland is shown with her ornament carved by Bill Kuhn, and Kirsten Sample shows off her Father's ornament carved by Charlie Sapp.

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

Carving a Pair of Pliers.
Below is a link to video by David Warther which demonstrates how with only 10 cuts you can make an operational set of pliers. Check it out at: Carving a Pair of Pliers

Seminars: back to table of contents

The Santa seminar with Bob Biermann was the second weekend in January, 9, 10 and 11, at his shop, 11228 Marley Dr., South St.Louis. We should see some finished pieces at the show n tell in the next few meetings.

See picture below to see Bob's version of the carving.

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. Until further notice the Club is meeting at the Hollenbeck Middle School off Central School Road. The Club is considering 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!

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).