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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.

O'Fallon Fall Festival & Craft Bazaar
Les Davis and Dick Maes represented the club at the O'Fallon Fall Festival & Craft Bazaar. Shown below is a photo of them at their tent

Please save the date, Dec 3rd, for our Annual SCAWC Christmas party. Details below.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in September and October. 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.

Dick Maes carved an ornament from Woodcarving Illustrated, which has a scarecrow on one side and Santa Claus on the other. In the next photo are some ice cream cone earrings he carved, both chocolate and vanilla, and finally in the third photo is his Cowboy Santa.

Les Davis showed a relief carved Golden Eagle mounted on a round plaque. Bob Craven brought in a picture of a ship he wood burned and gave to his son. He also did a wood burned scene of a log cabin with a split rail fence.

Dick Weber sent pictures of several carvings he has completed in the last few months. In the first photo are some cute Christmas Moose ornaments. Next is a polar bear bust caved from a Debbie Edwards blank, and the third photo is the Hooded Merganser working decoy which he showed early this year and which has acquired him some ribbons. He won a First and Best of Division at the Columbia Flyway show in Vancouver, Washington.

The first two photos below are Dick's interpretation of the Steller's Sea Eagle, which is native to Southern Kamchatka and Northern Japan. On average it is the heaviest eagle in the world. The first photo has an actual Steller's Sea Eagle superimposed on the photo next to the carving. The cougar in the third photo was carved in a Desiree Hajny class held in Oregon. The final photo of Dick's work is a group of Dalecarlian horses, which are a traditional Swedish carving.

Bill Kuhn showed a Humu Picasso Triggerfish. He carved it out of Tupelo wood, in a class taken in Belleville, Il. He still has to carve a base for it. Danny Hill showed his second relief carving of a squirrel in a tree, and he showed a small carousel horse he carved.

John Bouchillion showed his Mouse with an Attitude in the first photo. In the second photo is a hillbilly on the top of a walking stick on the left and a gambler bottle stopper on the right.

Ann Bosley showed a relief carving of a Drummer boy in the first photo. In the second photo is a man carved in the corner of a block of wood done by Don Bosley

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

It looks like the Santa seminar with Bob Biermann is going to be the second weekend in January, 9, 10 and 11. It will be at his shop, 11228 Marley Dr., South St.Louis. The cost is $95 plus $35 for the rough out and sled pieces. We had 2 people interested before we had a date selected. You can check your calendar to be sure you can make it. Please contact Bob directly to add your name and phone number to his roster. His phone number was provided in an email from John Bouchillon.

See picture to see what the sled looks like.

This will be in conjunction with the West County and Belleville clubs. Don't wait too long to let him know. It could fill up.

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).