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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.

A Note From Our Club President about the Club Christmas Party

If you missed the Christmas Party last night you missed a great time.

As you can see from the attached pictures we had fifteen members and nine spouses attending. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful food and delicious desserts.

As usual, the ornaments that were exchanged were very well crafted and appropriate for the Christmas season. We even had an ornament from Dick Weber even though he was unable to attend. In addition, we had a plethora of door prizes to give away to the attendees. There were gift cards, rough-outs, tools, gadgets, large basswood blocks and even a grinding stone. We also gave away six poinsettias. Everyone was a winner.

As you can see, it was a very good time and I think everyone enjoyed the evening.

I would like to thank all those who worked to make last night successful. Ed, Connie, John and Charlie helped make sure all the basic needs were satisfied and helped us enjoy all the very delicious dishes brought by those attending. It was truly a feast. Thanks again to everyone.

Merry Christmas,
God Bless,

The following are our group pictures from the Christmas Party. Members only, and members and spouses

Ornament Exchange

Traditionally, at the Christmas party we hold an ornament exchange. Those members who chose to participate bring an ornament whether carve, turned, or burned. Then though a drawing each member that brought an ornament receives one. The participants below are shown with the ornaments they received.

To wrap up the evening door prizes were drawn for. Prizes included basswood, blanks, roughouts, the poinsettia table decorations, and assorted items. All but the poinsettias are shown in the photo below.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in the new year January 3, 2018. We will resume working on the cottonwood bark whimsical huts.

Show and Tell - November-December 2017: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in November. 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 Bob Heinrich showed a wizard based on the September seminar "Carving a Quick Wizard or a Simple Santa." He also showed his Cardinal ornament based on the class led by Jane Wentworth on Carving Cardinal in a Wreath Christmas Ornament based on an article in Woodcarving Illustrated by Jim Willis, he showed a Joy ornament, and a Snowman.

Below Ed Smith showed a pen that he turned, Don and Dee Kley showed a group of nametags they carved. Walt Schmierbach showed a chip carved box.

Below are carvings by Wyatt Sample. A hobo and a Cardinal Wreath ornament that he carved based on Jane Wentworth's class in October

Below Ed Smith showed two pens that he turned - the top one cedar and the other one walnut, and a Joy ornament. Dick Maes showed a a Santa tree ornament.

Below Connie Hardman showed a bear in a log, a Santa, and a little guy; all from club class projects. Joh Bouchillon showed a pipe he carved for a neighbor out of Meerschaum in the form of the neighbor's dog.

John Crouch showed two cardinal ornaments, a Santa tree ornament, and a Santa figure; all projects introduced at the club.

Rick Skwira showed a wood burned sailing ship, Santa and sailor faces, and a Santa tree ornament.

Wyatt Sample showed a snowman carved from a Gerald Sears' rough-out. Bill showed two birds that he carved.

Charlie Sapp entered a drinking horn and Bill Kuhn entered a woodburning and an owl at the Belleville woodcarving show.

Seminars: back to table of contents

Demo of Carving a Cottonwood Bark House by Steve Rogers November

At the November 1 and 15 meetings Steve Rodgers discussed Cottonwood bark, showed examples of the bark and of carvings he had done and did a quick demo on an uncarved piece of bark carving in a roofline.

Below are some examples of the Bark houses he has done and the roofline he carved in a fresh piece of bark.

Member are shown working on their cottonwood bark projects below.

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