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

Club News: back to table of contents

Mark your calendar for December 2, 2015 a 6:30 PM for the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers Christmas Ball.

Like last year the the party will be held at the Hollenbeck Middle School where our regular meetings are held at 4555 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304.

Bring your own drinks and a side dish to share. Sandwich supplies and utensils will be supplied by the Club.

Ornament Exchange Please bring one of your carved/burned ornaments wrapped if you wish to participate in the exchange.

Please bring any carvings, roughouts, burnings, wood, etc. that you would like to offer as door prizes to the party. Drawings will be held for these prizes.

Kisker Library Display Thanks to Bill Kuhn and Dick Maes and to those of you contributing carvings, we have a nice display set up until the end of the 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.

Shows: back to table of contents

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers The 23th Annual Woodcarvers Show was held in Springfield, Illinois on August 31 through September 1, in the the Illinois Building, in the Illinois State Fairgrounds, in Springfield, IL.

Two members of our club showed their carvings at the show and received ribbons.

O Fallon Fall Festival Two of our member represented the club at the O Fallon Fall Festival on October 10, 2015. Shown at the tent with their carvings are Dick Maes and Les Davis.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Bill Kuhn showed several of his award winning carvings shown at the Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers show.

Wyatt Sample showed two 8 inch tall hobos and two smaller Santa figures.

Wyatt Sample also showed a 5 1/4" Leprechaun. Tom Mitchell showed several wood turnings including screwdrivers which he checkered and a hollow ornament called an "inside-out turning."

Bob Heinrich showed two Santas that he carved from rough-outs. His wife painted them for him. Dee Kley showed a collection of golf balls she has carved.

Dick Maes showed a cowgirl, and a forest snowman based on a Bob Biermann design. Wyatt Sample showed a Tomte (a Norwegian Santa).

Dick Weber checked in with us and provided pictures of some of his carvings done this year. In July he attended the Northwest Carving Academy in Ellensburg, Washington where he carved with Harley Refsal. Harley Refsal is responsible for reviving the Flat plane carving style. The first picture below shows the figures he completed in that class.

During the year he carved a Bluewing Teal, and a Steller's Eider that he sent to the Columbia fly show in Vancouver, Washington.

Dick Weber also carved two Ruddy Turnstones. He just completed a class project - Carving a small sitting Thunderbird. In September he carved in Oregon with Desiree Hajny where he carved the Horse bust seen below.

Dick is staying busy teaching two classes a week at the senior center and taking bird classes once a week. Like many of us he enjoys carving more than painting and said that he had about 100 unpainted pieces.

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

The Club encourages member led meeting seminars.

Charlie Sapp demonstrated how to carve a five minute owl. He provided a "go by" showing the stages to carve the owl and instruction during the meeting.

See the pictures below for his owl project, and the members working on the project during his seminar.

Dick Maes provided instruction on how to carve pliers from a stick of wood with just ten cuts in our first meeting in October. The first picture is a working pair of pliers. This was a challenging project for many members with a lot a broken pliers in the first attempt, but Dick provided a second blank so that we could try again.

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).