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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.

Upcoming Events

Belleville Area Holzschnitzers' 47th Annual Woodcarving Show November 4th and 5th in Belleville, Illinois at the Belle-Clair Exposition Hall.

Steve Rogers will be following up with more Cottonwood Bark Carving at the November 15 club meeting.

The Club Christmas party is coming up soon on December 6. If you want to get in the ornament exchange, you better get to work on that ornament now! Hope to see everyone. We will be finalizing plans at the November 15 meeting.

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

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in October. 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 Frank McLaughlin showed an outhouse he carved based on the August seminar "Carving an Easy Outhouse," and he showed a wizard and a Santa based on the September seminar "Carving a Quick Wizard or a Simple Santa." Note he has Batman in his outhouse.

Below Dick Maes showed a pair of Halloween carvings, and his version of the Quick Wizard and Simple Santa. John Bouchillon showed some spoons and spatulas he created,

Seminars: back to table of contents

Carving a Wreath with a Cardinal - October

At the October 4th and 11th meetings Jane Wentworth led a class on Carving Cardinal in a Wreath Christmas Ornament based on an article in Woodcarving Illustrated by Jim Willis. Below is an information board she created with the ornament in 7 steps.

The following pictures are some of the club members working on their ornaments

Below are two of the completed ornaments.

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