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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.

Serial Story - Confessions of a Woodcarving Derelict

John Bouchillon provided this three part story he found in his old files that he thought might be amusing to club members. This second part is linked below (two links) and the following part will be in the next newsletter. Confessions of a Woodcarver Part 2.1 Confessions of a Woodcarver Part 2.2

Show and Tell - March 2018: back to table of contents

The following are show-n-tell pictures of carvings presented by members in March. 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.

Charlie Sapp showed a Santa and a hockey player he carved. Joe Fossick showed a bird carving.

Walt Schmierbach showed a chip carved plate, John Crouch showed a cottonwood house, and Ed Smith showed a clock he turned.

Below are carvings based on Bill Kuhn's hound dog class: The following hound dogs were carved by Ed Smith, Frank McLaughlin, and Jane Wentworth. Each painted the dog with their own color scheme.

Dee Klee showed some duck hatchlings and an Easter basket, she also showed some hand carved pens.

Ed smith showed a pen and jewelry piece made from antler.

Seminars: back to table of contents

Carving a Pocket Gremlin by Dick Maes

Dick Maes led a class on carving a Pocket Gremlin He provided practice sticks long enough to accommodate a pocket gremlin head on each end. Below are two examples carved by Dick.

Below are pocket gremlins carved by Ed Smith, Frank McLaughlin (who also showed a Joy ornament he carved), Jane Wentworth, John Crouch, and a pocket gremlin by Bill Kuhn who carved a full body with the gremlin head.

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