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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.

Belleville Area Holzschnitzers 47th Midwestern Woodcarvers Show
The Belleville show is the largest in the area and will be held November 4th - 5th, 2017, on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission is $4.00, but for Kids under 12 it is free.
The location is the Belle - Clair Exposition Hall at 200 S. Belt East, Belleville, IL.

Show and Tell: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members from July through September. Carvings are 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.

Dick Weber, a long distance member, to keep us up to date, sent in some photos of some of the carvings he has done this year.
He has been busy teaching a carving class, and taking a bird carving class each week.
The first row of carvings include 2 black ducks and Ringneck Floaters that he carved for the Columbia Flyway Show in September.




This next row shows Dick's Mountain Man and Shelf Sitter Ducks.




Dick carved the boxes below with flowers on the corner. The last picture is a bear he carved for his youngest daughter, who owned a bar and restaurant called the Bear Trap.




Bob Craven hasn't had the opportunity to come to the club meetings lately, but sent in pictures of his wood burnings that he continues to do. Most are pure wood burnings, but he occasionally adds some color to some of his wood burnings.













Seminars: back to table of contents

Carving an Outhouse- August

In August the club held a seminar at the regular club meeting in Carving an Outhouse, a project designed by Gary Fenton found in Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine



CARVING a Wizard or Santa - September- Charlie Sapp

In September Charlie Sapp led a class on carving either a Quick Wizard or a Simple Santa based on a Woodcarving Illustrated Article by Bob Kozakiewicz.



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