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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.

Art Museum Demonstrations - June 18

Charlie Sapp, Wilbert Brewton, and Dick Maes participated upon invitation from the Art Museum. They demonstrated carving and showed some of their finished carvings.

Show and Tell - June and July 2016: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in June and July. 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 Dick Maes showed a"Love and Kisses" carving and a cross with dogwood flowers. Rick Skwira showed a wood spirit, and Dee Kley showed a clay indian and an armature she made.

Walt Schmierbach showed a wedding gift of a chip carved plate. Paul Medlin showed an Indian bust and some butterfilies. Paul also showed three gnomes he carved after Dick Maes carving class in April.

Below is a relief carving of a Welcome sign by Walt Schmierbach and three carvings by Dick Maes. Dick Weber showed his third "Beer", which a the name for a bear with antlers.

Below are shown Dick Weber's old pilot from the mile high club, and an indian shelf sitter, both carved for friends. Also shown is a cougar carved at the NW Carving Academy in July with Debbie Edwards.

Dick just finished the bears and the hound in late July.

Below are an American Wigeon and a Steller's Eider which Dick sent to the Pacific Flyway show in California. The show was held July 9-10. The Wigeon was judged first place, Best Puddle Duck and Best of Show Novice. The Eider was judged first place, Best Diver and second best of show Novice. Dick mentioned that sound really good, but modestly noted that he had the only 2 birds in that class. The third bird is a SMEW. It is a bird native to central Russia. He is only 6 hours into it.

These last three birds Dick Weber showed were from blansk he was given. The three machined bird blanks were a Do-A- Duck kit and 2 from Big Sky. He sanded, set the eyes and heads and painted them. The Do-A-Duck is the wood Duck and the Greenwing Teal and the Pintail are from the Big Sky blanks.

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 June 1 club meeting, Dick Maes led a class on carving a face in a sweet potato. Below are pictures from that class.


At the July 6 meeting, Dick Maes led a class on carving Whimsical Huts Below are pictures from that class. The first picture includes several huts that were shown as examples. The fifth picture shows some of the huts carved during the class.

Paul Medlin did his own unique version of whimsical huts - Outhouses

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).