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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 to try out a new meeting location. We will use the Hollenbeck Middle School in the Francis Howell School District. We will begin trying it in August once the Janitorial staff begins working past 5 PM.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in June. The carvings were shown at our club meetings in Weldon Springs, from Dick Weber, a distant member, and also from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles.

Rich Weitzman showed a wood burning from a Jen Kreyling class he took last year. This is her standard beginning piece.

Dick Weber provided some pictures of his latest carvings. Shown first is Dick with his Antique Canvasback that he will show at the Columbia Flyway show in Vancouver, Washington in September, and some mini Herons, which are 7" tall - 11" with the base.

He carved the unusual Bears with antlers upon request of his youngest daughter. He carved one for her and another for himself. She owns a bar and restaurant in Riverside Wyoming. She called and asked him to carve a bear with deer antlers. It seems that a bear with deer antlers in Wyoming is called a BEER. The bear without antlers he carved, and is trading with his bird carving instructor for one of his birds.

We should see some more fine carvings from Dick soon because he will be taking a class from Debbie Edwards in Ellensberg, Wash., carving a Panther in July, and class from Desiree Hajny in September carving a Cougar.

Below is a bird carved by Les Davis, and mounted it on a piece of driftwood. Next to it is Wyatt Sample's carving of one of Harley Resal's little folk, the character "Java John" in the flat plane style. The third picture is a leprechaun with a pot of gold, an original design by Wyatt.

Wilbert Brewton brought in a couple of his clowns which he designed and carved. They are the first of a group of clowns he plans to carve. He is experimenting with a more European painting style, painting one a solid gold and another solid copper color. Rick Skwira carved a face in a log.

Bill Kuhn showed a Red tailed hawk he wood-burned, and some raccoons in a tree relief carving. Danny Hill did a relief carving of a squirrel in a tree.

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.