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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

We continue to encourage member led carving projects during our first meeting each month. 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. Pictures from seminars held in April and May are shown in the "Seminars" section of the newsletter near the bottom.

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.


The following are pictures taken at our Annual Club Picnic held this year on May 21. Bob Heinrich did his usual excellent job of grilling, and other members brought in plenty of sides, and desserts.

Show and Tell - April and May 2016: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in April and May. 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.

Below Les Davis showed a Teddy Bear and a more traditional standing bear. Ann Bosley showed a relief in an egg blank, and a angel she carved.

Don Bosley showed a caricature baseball scene, and a mountain goat below. Danny Hill shoed a guitar made by him with his son. They have a new venture "D&R Hill Guitars."

John Bouchillon showed a knife he made and a knife he won at the West County Woodcarvers Show. He also showed an Ozark couple he carved, and two snowmen.

John Bouchillion showed a pair of rabbits. Charlie Sapp showed a turned vase and flowers, as did Dick Maes.

Below Dick Maes showed a Golf Club Head Duck he carved, and a hobo.

Bill Kuhn showed a carving of the entrance monument to the St Louis Zoo. Rick Skwira showed his Penguin from Wyatt Sample's class on carving a penguin.

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. Dick Maes led a class on carving a small gnome during the April 6 meeting. Below are some photos of the class.

Below is another photos of the class, and a picture of some of the finished gnomes by various members, and a picture of two gnomes done by Bob Heinrich.


On May 4, Jane Wentworth held a class on carving Golf Ball Guys. The pictures below are examples of golf ball guys she has carved, and a golf ball flower she carved.

The pictures below are examples of Golf Ball Guys carved by Dick Maes and Charlie Sapp in the class.

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. The Club meets at the Hollenbeck Middle School off Central School Road. See the PDF file linked below for a map to Hollenbeck Middle School with descriptions of the location. Visitors are always welcome!

IMPORTANT! If Francis Howell is Closed then we DO NOT meet. This could be for a snow day, a holiday, or school breaks.

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).