Newsletter Table of Contents:

Club Home Page - Club News - Soap Carving - Show and Tell
Recommended Resources Dues Reminder - Seminars - Meeting Location

Club News: back to table of contents

Since the Club moved to Hollenbeck Middle School, we are not able to meet if school is not in attendance, so due to Spring Break we were unable to meet March 11, or March 18. We will be meeting April 1st since school is back in session.

At the April 15 meeting Charlie Sapp will be leading his eye carving study. So bring your (1.5" x 1.5" x 12") practice stick so you can participate.

Charlie Sapp has put together a roster with pictures of members meeting Wednesday nights at the Hollenbeck Middle School, as well as a Roster of those members attending the Seasoned Eye meetings. If your picture is missing or if you would like to update your picture, either provide one to Charlie, or ask him to take a picture of you at one of the meetings.

Remember the Date- The Club will once again participate in the O’Fallon Founder’s Day celebration by teaching soap carving. The date is Saturday, May 2nd from 10 am to 2pm. Please let Charlie Sapp know if you will participate.

Remember the Date- The Club's Annual Picnic will be held May 23, at the pavilion by the lake across from the St. Charles Community College like last year.

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 in February. The carvings were shown at our club meetings the Hollenbeck Middle School, and also from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles.

Dick Maes showed a Santa he carved in the Bob Biermann class held in January.

Wyatt Sample carved a Raggedy Ann character from an article in Woodcarving Illustrated.

Lee Davis showed several of his carvings. All are shown in the first picture. In the second picture is a close up a of Duck he carved. The third picture is a close-up of a hawk perched in a tree, with the final picture a group of squirrels peek out a knothole in the tree looking for danger.

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

Joe Schumacher will be presenting a caricature carving seminar on April 10, 11, 12 for the members of the St Charles, West County and Belleville Carving Clubs. We will be carving the pieces shown below. The cost will be $125.00 plus materials and will be held at Bob Biermann’s shop at 11228 Marley Dr., South St. Louis. The class size will be limited to 10 carvers.

If you are interested in attending this seminar contact Dick Maes at 314-540-5581 or email him at to register or if you have questions.

You can view Joe’s work and credentials at the Caricature Carvers of America website (www.cca-carvers .org).

See the pictures below for class projects.

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).