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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.

At the Belleville woodcarving show the Club purchased some videos. In January we watched Harley Refsal's video "Figure Carving Scandinavian Style." The following is a picture of the cover of the video. In the video he demonstrates the carving in the flat plane style of the figure he calls Karl Oscar. For those who enjoy his style he has a number of books. The second picture is his book titled "Whittling Little Folk." These characters run from about 3.5 to 6 inches in height.

There are a few Youtube videos on line with more of Harley Refsal. Below is the link to one of those. A simple search can find more if you would like to see more about his carving and characters.

Woodcarver Harley Refsal carves a holiday figure

Show and Tell - January 2017: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in January. 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 Dan Hill showed some bird houses.

Dick Maes showed a Santa carved from a clothespin, an owl bottle stopper, and a penguin Christmas ornament.

Walt Schmierbach showed a chip carved tissue box, and Ed Smith showed a Cardinal in a wreath Christmas ornament. Wyatt Sample showed his Island tourist.

Show and Tell - February 2017: back to table of contents

Below are some Christmas carvings. Ed Smith carved three Santa ornaments, Jane Wentworth carved a Cardinal in a wreath ornament, and Rick Skwira carved an old fashioned car hauling home a Christmas tree.

Below are shown a chip carved box and indian bust by Dee Kley, a dolphin and ball with metallic paint by Charlie Sapp, and a chip carved box by Walt Schmierbach.

The following carvings are by Rick Skwira. A candle holder with a relief oak leaf and acorn, a cowboy, and some hillbillies. In the next row is a cottonwood whimsical house and a pumpkin relief carving.

Show and Tell - March 2017: back to table of contents

John Bouchillon showed several of his latest carvings. A whimsical hut in basswood, a cross with dogwood flowers, and a relief carving with name and address and an eagle.

Below are shown an ornament and tree carved by John Bouchillon, a chip carved box by Walt Schmierbach, and a fisherman and set of angels by Dee Kley.

Paul Medlin showed a patriotic eagle, Risk Skwira showed a spiral icicle ornament, and Les Davis showed some dolphins he carved.

Ed Smith showed spiral icicle ornaments he carved and a couple little folks.

Seminars: back to table of contents

Flat Plane Carving - February - Wyatt Sample

At the first meeting in February, after watching the Harley Refsal video in January the Club carved a small flat plane character based on Harley Refsal's book titled "Whittling Little Folk." Below is a group picture of some of the Little folk carved during the class led by Wyatt Sample.


In March Bill Kuhn led a class on carving an icicle. Some examples of icicles from that class were shown above in the Show-N-Tell section.

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