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

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.

Soap Carving Classes: back to table of contents

On January 14-16, 2015, Charles Sapp and Rick Skwira from the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers Club in St. Charles, MO hosted a hands-on workshop for the fifth grade art students at Henderson Elementary. The goals were to both demonstrate the art of carving and to inspire our youth to carve through a hands-on experience.

After a brief overview of wood carving safety and tools, the hands-on workshop was reviewed. Students were instructed about carving-in-the round and how relief carving could be used to make features “pop out”. All carving was done using Ivory soap and tools pre-constructed from wooden popsicle sticks. Each student selected a pattern from a variety that were available and was given a wooden “knife and gouge”. The students transferred their pattern to the soap using a paper clip stylus and started carving. The instructors and teachers circulated the room to guide and provide assistance. After the students carved the basic form they shaped their figure and added details into the soap. The students worked enthusiastically and were proud to sign their work at the end of the session.

Approximately 150 youth were introduced to carving over the three day period. This is the third year for the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers to work with the Henderson Elementary Art teachers in this type of instruction. Thanks to the Henderson Art Teachers, Mrs. Kim Skwira and Mrs. Karin Hyatt and Dale Sapp for making the arrangements and assisting.

The St. Charles Area Woodcarvers also provide soap carving instruction at local fairs and pumpkin carving demonstrations at various events in the fall to promote the art of carving. Their web site is:

The first photos are photos of the classes of fifth graders that participated in the soap carving classes.

The following pictures are some of the children carving and some of their excellent soap carvings.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in January. The carvings were shown at our club meetings at the Hollenbeck Middle School, and also from the Seasoned Eye Members of the Club at the Senior center in St Charles.

Bill Kuhn completed the base for the Triggerfish that he showed at an earlier date.

Dick Maes showed a character with a mug of beer. He carved this character from an article in Woodcarving Illustrated.

Paul Medlin carved the bee and the hound dog shown below.

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.

The Santa seminar with Bob Biermann was held January, 9-11 at his shop in South St. Louis. We should see some of the finished class projects at show-n-tell soon.

The project was the Santa shown below.

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).