Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club Home Page - Club News - Show and Tell
Recommended Resources - Seminars - Meeting Location

Club News: back to table of contents

The club was unable to meet at the school over the summer, but returned in August. This newsletter will be a catch up of events and show-n-tell from the last newsletter through August.

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.

O’Fallon Founder’s Day celebration
The Club once again participated in the O’Fallon Founder’s Day celebration by teaching soap carving. The date was Saturday, May 2nd from 10 am to 2pm. As usual we had a great turnout and ran out of soap before we ran out of participating children. Below are pictures from the event.

Club Picnic
The Club's Annual Picnic was held May 23, at the pavilion by the lake across from the St. Charles Community College like last year. The weather was great. We had a nice turnout and some great food. Below are some pictures from the picnic.

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 May though August. Some of the carvings were shown at our club meetings at the Hollenbeck Middle School, but many are from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles, which continued to host carvers over the summer.

Charlie Sapp showed some turned ornaments and turned Santa Clauses. Dan Hill showed a miniature carousal horse, and Dee Kley showed a group of angels she carved.

Dick Maes carved several old spools, a flat plane character, and a Green Bay Packers fan.

Don and Dee Klee showed some cute Easter carvings, and ink pens carved into flowers. Fred Giger showed another of his carved Eagle head canes.

John Bouchillon brought in a number of carvings he did over the winter. First is Jiminy Cricket, another of his forest snowmen, and an owl.

John Bouchillon also carved a cross with dogwood blooms on it, pumpkin heads and a Grinch., and Santa head candle.

Les Davis showed two of his birds, one of which is mounted on a cane. Tom Mitchell showed a wood turning.

Paul Medlin showed a scroll sawed squirrel, two birds, and a little Snoopy carving. He also showed a seahorse, a tool holder her made for his miniature dockyard tools, and pipe. Walt Schmierbach broke away from his chip carving long enough to carve a little gnome napping under a mushroom.

Walt Schmierbach also showed a "welcome" relief carving, a chipped carved box and chipped carved bellows.

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

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).