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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 club led projects 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.

Show and Tell - August and September 2016: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in August and September. 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 Walt Schmierbach showed a chip carved lamp and an Anniversary Plate for the Bosley's 70th anniversary.

Jane Wentworth showed an eclectic group of carvings. Some interesting frogs, a hawk, some whimsical huts, and spiral carved eggs as birdhouses.

Pat Bushe showed a large green sculpture at the Saint Charles Community College show where she received a red ribbon. She also showed a shorebird. Rick Skwira showed some whimsical houses.

John Bouchillon showed an old man he carved in a Dave Stetson class at Doane, a handle wood spirit, a golf ball guy, and a letter opener.

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


At the August 10 club meeting, Jane Wentworth led a class on carving an eagle feather. Below are pictures from that class.

Bill Kuhn showed a completed feather, Jane Wentworth showed a group of completed feathers and two carved feathers not yet painted.


Dick Maes led a class carving an interlocking XO. It was similar to carving a chain link.

XO Carvings by Bill Kuhn and Dick Maes are shown below.


At our Oct 5th meeting John Bouchillon will lead a class on carving an actual pumpkin in a woodcarving style. The club will provide a pumpkin for you ONLY IF you reply to Dick Maes ( by or before September 30th for the club to purchase you a carving pumpkin. Your standard carving tools can be used. John Bouchillon will have patterns and lead the demo. An example carved by John is 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. 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).