ST. CHARLES AREA WOODCARVERS NEWSLETTER
 

August 1999
Wonders of Wood Show
Planning is progressing.  Ribbons have been ordered. Tables are filling up. It's time to get started on your ornaments or other items for the raffle.  We need these items to help defray the cost of conducting the show.  We have done a good job in previous years.  Please help in this effort.  Ideas are still needed on various things that can be done to make this a special show to commemorate our 10th Anniversary.  Get your plans together and decide if you want table space this year. We have several new members who will be needing table space, so don't wait until the last minute to decide. Spaces will be assigned based on previous year locations. Changes and new participants will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Don't make Chairperson Dee wait and wonder how many tables are needed. You may come out on the short end of the stick.

Program Ideas?

Do you have a program idea for a monthly meeting?  We are lucky to have the remainder of this year filled with interesting projects, but it is never too early to start thinking about next year.  Having a regular scheduled program is one of the most important things that a club can do to keep the meetings interesting and attendance up.  President Woollard has rearranged our meetings so that we now have time for carving projects on the second meeting each month.  What would you like to see or do?  We have talent in the club that is just crying to be shared.  How about a name tag carving contest?  Correspondence from a fellow carver from Columbia related their experience with a contest like this.  It was divided into experience levels to level the playing field.  They had almost 100% participation. How about a carving challenge?  Pass out blanks of wood and see who does the best?  Crank up your thinking caps and lets see what we can come up with.

Stu Martin Seminar

Mid-Missouri Wood Carvers Inc. announces that Stu Martin will present two "Open Carving" seminars in Columbia, Missouri.  Many of our members travel far and wide for seminars all around the state and further.  This one is worth the trip to Columbia.  Stu Martin is not only a Wood Carver, but a Sculptor and a Teacher.  If you have a carving problem, let Stu help you solve it.  Seminar #1 is designed to meet the needs of employed carvers and meets November 1 & 2 from Noon until 8:00 pm.  Seminar #2 meets November 3 & 4 at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Each seminar is limited to 10 carvers and costs $80 for the two days.  A $25 deposit will hold your opening in either seminar, with the balance due at the start of the seminar.  Please make checks to Stu Martin. 

Stu will be on his way to the Belleville, Illinois Woodcarvers show and will have various rough outs, and his books and videos for purchase.  His seminar last year was a big hit with all those who attended.  For additional information, contact Bob Boxley, (573) 449-1831 or 208 N. William Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

Eagle takes flight June 7th
The Seasoned Eye Woodcarvers completed the four month project to replace the eagle that perched atop the totem pole standing outside the St. Peters Cultural Art Center. The project began last Fall when an area developer donated the red cedar and saved the club several hundred dollars in wood cost. Charles Browning arranged for delivery of the wood and stored it over the Winter. He assembled it into the eight foot wide blank required for carving.

The Seasoned Eye Carvers, our companion group of retired woodcarving enthusiasts which regularly meets at the Art Center twice a week to create and recreate, started carving in early February.  With the old eagle head and numerous pictures laying around, they took turns chipping away at the fragrant wood, making the new eagle look as close as possible to the old eagle, and hopefully, able to sit on the lofty perch

By the end of April, the eagle was in the final stages of sanding and preparation for painting. By mid May, they were ready to schedule the city lift truck for assistance in the first (and final) flight of the bird. The new eagle was finally back in place on June 7th, only four months after beginning the carving. With a couple of "adjustments" and a quick lick with a handy skill saw, the new eagle lit with a flourish. It will greet visitors to the Cultural Arts Center for many years to come. Good job!


Charles Browning, Fred 
Slagle, Don Kley, and
Walter Schmierbach 
proudly presenting the 
new eagle.

City worker, and new honorary woodcarver
for the day, tightening the nuts on the new 
eagle, after a couple of adjustments were 
made with the help of a wood chisel and 
Jim's skill saw.

Watching the big event was the treat of the week.


Sorry I missed this in the last newsletter. I was overcome with
events and lack of time and space.   Better late than never.

 
Gerald Sears Seminar

The Gerald Sears seminar is just around the corner. We are still on the low end of the required number and could use a few people to get the class up to a safer level. Gerald can handle 10 to 15 carvers.  He is a very creative carver and offers many different subjects to choose from. One of them should tweak your interest. The seminar is scheduled for Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday, August 13th, 14th, & 15th. We have the basement room at the Art Center reserved. The cost will be $100, plus the cost of your rough out.  Rough outs run between $6 and $12 each.  Of course, there is the $2 per day per person for the Art Center.  Additional blanks will be available. We should have pictures of the projects at the August 7th meeting.  Contact Doug at 831-7590 to reserve a spot.

August Display Case
Don and Ann Bosley

Affiliations: National Wood Carvers Association, Mid America Wood Carvers, St. Charles Area Woodcarvers and Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers.

Residence: St. Charles (Permanent Residence) and Rio Grande Valley, November Through March
 

Exhibits: They have exhibited at Silver Dollar City, Davenport, Rio Grande Valley Show, Chip O Texas Show and various libraries, banks and art shows.

Background: Retired machinist for McDonnell Aircraft Co. I began woodcarving as a hobby in the 50s and continued as a hobby and avocation after retirement. I have been teaching woodcarving for the past 10 years in the St. Louis area and the Rio Grande Valley.

Awards: They have entered woodcarving shows and exhibitions all over the Midwest and in the Rio Grande Valley and have won numerous accolades, ribbons and trophies.

Training: Basically, Don is self taught, but attended seminars and studied under many well known Midwest and Southern craftsmen. Ann began carving when she attended a beginners class while Don was taking an advanced seminar in Texas. They have traveled to all states except Alaska and Minnesota in their RV, following their hobby - avocation.

1999 Showcase Schedule
September Red Cross
October Wonders of Wood Show winners
November Ray Clark
December Barb Smith

 
Although you'll find five native species of basswood trees in North America, the most widespread is the American basswood (Tilia americana). It grows from New Brunswick to North Dakota and South to Missouri and West Virginia. Today, basswood stock has become the carver's wood of choice. That's because the featureless, fine grained, whitish wood won't split or chip ahead of the blade. Even among some Native Americans of centuries ago it had its place as a carving wood. The Iroquois Indians of New York's Adirondack Mountains, for instance, carved masks from basswood, although with a quite different approach. They shaped them in the sapwood of standing trees, then split them off the trunk to complete the hollowing. In those long ago days, Indians of many tribes also made good use of the basswood's inner bark. This material ranks among the toughest of nature's fibers. Stripped from trees in early spring, the bark was soaked in water for weeks to let the softest tissue rot (decay). The remaining strands then were twisted into cord and rope. Thinner bark fibers became sewing thread. While technology has replaced these fibers with nylon and other materials, basswood stock still retains a place in commerce. It becomes boxes, crates, toys, substrate for veneers, and hidden furniture parts. And if you happen to have a yardstick given away long ago by a local hardware store or lumberyard, you can bet it's made of basswood because the wood takes ink so well. Wood Anecdote

 
Woodburning seminar big success!

Cheryl Dow, writer of the woodburning column in Chip Chats, conducted a seminar in Belleville several months ago.  Barb Smith, Red Cross and Sheldon White attended her class and returned with some really nice pieces, one of which was this wonderful old barn.  They passed Cheryl's techniques along to about 20 of our members in a Saturday session at the Art Center, July 3rd.  It was an enlightening day and members learned many new techniques.

It was an intense day of woodburning.  The smell of smoke wafted around the room, but Barb was on top of the situation in the blink of an eye.  According to Barb, "If you see smoke, you done got too hot."

Sheldon gave the group a rundown on the many other things that can be done with the woodburning tool.  It is not only used for pictures such as this project, but is used for many other things.  He had wonderful examples of fur, hair, and other textures.  The wood burner performs equally well for cleaning up carvings in the round and emphasizing eyes, noses and other body parts.  Pictures can also be made on cutout plaques, wood slabs and many other items.  There was the usual levity and food and friendly banter.  We even learned not to try to bend woodburning tips.  At least, we should have learned it.  Right Larry.
Sister Mary David Debrecht and Ernie Waren.  You can almost smell smoke.

Cutout plaques and other wall hangings are good projects.  Barb does wonderful work.  Wonder why she bothered to take the Dow seminar.

Some of the items that can be wood burned.  The plaques and animals were brought in by Red, Sheldon, and Barb to spur our interest in the art of woodburning.  It worked.

Don and Sue Jackson are hard at it.  They do wonderful work carving relief, in the round and now, woodburning.

Barb gives detailed instruction to our illustrative Mr. President Woollard and Charles Adams.
Upcoming Events and Activities
August 4 Regular monthly business meeting.
August 13-15 Gerald Sears weekend carving seminar. Sign up NOW!
August 18 Monthly project meeting. Project is Ferris Wheel with Russ Sears
August 20-22 Festival of The Little Hills.  Sign up to help at the August 4th meeting.
September 18-19 St. Charles Area Woodcarvers 10th Wonders of Wood Show.
November 6-7 Belleville Holzschnitzers 29th annual Woodcarvers Show
November 27-28 St. Louis Area Woodcarvers 9th Annual Woodcarving Show
Saturday carving!
Saturday carving has been a fun activity for our members for the last two years.  The only problem with it is that it is only scheduled from January through March.  Over the past two years, we have had sessions on a variety of projects conducted by volunteer instructors.  There were also open carving sessions where you work on any project you like.  Either way, Saturday's are great  for camaraderie and improving carving skills.  You can't stay in the same room all day with our talented gang without learning something
A discussion to determine the feasibility of Saturday carving was part of the July business meeting.  The idea met with a favorable response.  This is a "No Cost or Obligation" activity for the club.  Since there was enough response at the meeting to make the sessions productive, it was left up to Barb Smith to contact the Art Center for available open Saturdays.  Interested members will start the sessions monthly at first.  It would be increased to twice a month and specific projects planned if the participating members want to do so.

Which end is up, Doug?
Saturday Highlights
from last year


 Helicons, indians, wolves, spoons, food, and fun........ Don't miss it!


Is it time to eat yet?

 

Name Tags with Barb and John

After such a successful Saturday woodburning seminar, it is only appropriate that we continue with a meeting night of burning name tags.  Barb Smith and John Bouchillon conducted the session.  Barb did the artistic work of selecting patterns and instructing the members in burning the items.  John did the grunt work of making the blanks, scouting out the attaching hardware, and assisting in the name writing for those who needed help.  There was a choice of oval or square blanks and the use of a pin, clip, or magnetic backs.  We had a choice of several flower designs and a small or large light house.  The tags were finished with a sealer for those that finished the project.  It was a fun evening with more wood burners than I knew existed in our club. 

Barb Smith making the rounds while Sue 
Jackson and Charlotte Cross burn. 
Cletis Sparks watches intensely as Ernie Waren burns one of his name tags.  Ernie also took the Saturday seminar.  He is getting to be a real wood burner.
 

 

Charles Adams and Larry Keller (Clockwise from the left) really got into the project.  See any smoke?  I think Larry was running a little hot.  He had to crank up his little fan.  Larry enjoys woodburning and loves to reshape his tools to give himself an edge up on the burning process.  Pat Orndorff, a beginner burner, was hard at it.  Barb Smith sorted out the patterns.  Sue Jackson and Charlotte Cross were exchanging ideas.  Charlotte also helped transfer the patterns onto the blanks.  Lulu Perkov rounded out this hot little group.
 

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