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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.

Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange - December 7, 2016

We held our Annual Christmas Dinner on December 7 at Hollenbeck Middle School. The Club provided meat, cheese, bread and condiments, and members brought in sides for a enjoyable Christmas party meal. After the meal we had our ornament exchange. Those that brought in ornaments were given a ticket, the matching tickets were randomly placed under the ornaments. As members were called up they searched for the matching ticket and received the ornament it was sitting under. A similar method was used to pass out door prizes for members.

These three pictures below are group pictures of member, members and families, and one of the revelers enjoying the food.

Below is a group shot of the ornaments on the table, the members or spouses showing the ornaments they received.

Show and Tell - October 2016: back to table of contents

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

Below John Bouchillon showed some carved spools, and a carved cross, and Don and Dee Kley showed a carving of a bear with a pumpkin, a pumpkin totem pole, a pencil and a ghost.

Don and Dee Kley also showed some bells she carved seen below. Walt Schmierbach showed a carved chain.

Show and Tell - November 2016: back to table of contents

Below Bob Heinrich showed robed Santa, Dick Maes showed a pretzel, which looks very edible, and a Christmas bulb ornament.

Below are shown Dick Weber showed a whimsical hut and an eagle feather. The club held a seminar for carving whimsical huts in July and eagle feathers in August. Charlie Sapp showed a Santa running for President. I guess he got Trumped.

Walt Schmierbach showed a beautifully chip carved box, coasters and a coaster holder.

Show and Tell - December 2016: back to table of contents

Below Dan Hill showed a group of whimsical huts and gnomes he carved. The club held a seminar for carving whimsical huts in July and gnomes in May. Dan also showed an assortment of carvings, including ornaments and a monk. Valarie Schnettler showed a cowboy she carved and a gnome.

Charlie Sapp carved a Santa on a Sleigh, and Dee Kley carved a large Santa.

Seminars: back to table of contents

CARVING A Pumpkin - October - John Bouchillon

At the first meeting in October John Bouchillon led a class on carving pumpkins. His method is to carve a face in the skin of the pumpkin without piercing it. Below is a group picture of all the pumpkins carved during the class, and pictures of carvers working during the class.


In November Jane Wentworth led a class on carving a porpoise. In the first picture below is are pictures she brought in to show real examples, as well as the cutouts used for the class. She also brought several examples of her finished and in process carvings in the next few pictures below. Also there are several pictures of members working on their carvings during the class.

Club Seminars are generally held the first regular meeting of the month. For outside 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).

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.

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