Recommended Resources Dues Reminder - Seminars - Meeting Location
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
The following are our group pictures from the Christmas Party. Members only, and members and spouses
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.
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 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.
Demo of Carving a Cottonwood Bark House by Steve Rogers November
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.
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!
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).
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