Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club Home Page - Club News - Christmas Party - Soap Carving - Meeting Pictures - Show and Tell - Seasoned Eye Carvers
Recommended Resources Dues Reminder - Seminars - Meeting Location - Member Web Page Update

Club News: back to table of contents

2014 started out a little slow, with all the snow and cold weather attendance at meetings was light. It has picked up in March. And with the warmer weather we look forward to seeing more members, and their carvings that they have been working on over the winter.

The Annual Club Picnic is scheduled for May 17, in Cottleville, MO. Its always a fun event, so mark your calendars.

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.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members from January through March at both the meetings in Weldon Spring and at the Seasoned Eye Carvers meetings in St. Charles

The first carvings are a completed Hooded Merganser working decoy by Dick Weber. It started out to be a working decoy, but morphed into a decorative working decoy. It floats correctly and rights itself when put in the water up side down. The next carvings are several Santas carved by Wyatt Sample. The smaller one is from a carving magazine pattern, the others are original designs. The third carving is a bird carved by new member Les Davis.

The following works are all by Danny Hill. He carved three boots, and completed two wood burning projects.

Charlie Sapp showed a candlestick, which he turned in catalpa and then carved. He also turned the base and top from walnut. The second picture shows two castings Charlie made, his first try, from two of his carvings. The third picture is a Santa sitting against a tree by Wyatt Sample from a Carving Magazine pattern.

Bill Kuhn also showed the following wood burning of a butterfly.

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.