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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.

The Club once again participated in the O’Fallon Founder’s Day celebration by teaching soap carving. The date was Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 2pm. As usual we had a great turnout. Below are pictures from the event.


The following are pictures taken at our Annual Club Picnic held this year on May 20. Bob Heinrich did his usual excellent job of grilling, and other members brought in plenty of sides, and desserts. It was a bit chilly, but a good time as always.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

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

Dee Kley showed a flower she carved. Dick Maes showed a cowboy and a snowman.

John Bouchillon showed a gourd, and a variety of carvings.

John Bouchillon showed a rabbit he carved. Paul Medlin showed some crosses with flowers.

Walt Schmierbach showed a chip carved box. John Crouch showed a crosses with flowers.

Ed Smith showed two carved crosses. Walt Schmierbach showed to wiener dogs with a fire hydrant.

Ed Smith showed two carved crosses with flowers. John Bouchillon showed a bear sleeping on a log

Seminars: back to table of contents

Several club seminars were held from April through June

Several club seminars were held from April through June

Soap Carving on May 3

The Club held a Soap carving seminar. This was a good practice for the soap carving teaching the Club would do at the O’Fallon Founder’s Day celebration on May 6th. The following are some pictures from that soap carving seminar.

CARVING a Nametag on May 17

Dick Maes led a class on carving a name tag. The following is an example of two of Dick's name tags and a few done by John Bouchillon.

Below are some photos from the name tag seminar.

CARVING a Bear in a Log on June 7

Above in the Show-N-Tell section is an example of the Bear on a Log carved by John Bouchillon. It is a great example of the project the club members put their hand to carving.

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