February 2000

Greetings from the Editor.

The new year got off to a great start with the selection of the new officers.  They are:  President - Don Jackson; Vice President - Larry Keller;  Secretary - Ray Clark;  and Treasurer - Charles Sapp.  I'd like to extend my thanks and that of the club to the exiting officers, Doug and Rainy, for their efforts over the past year(s) and for a job well done.  Continuing thanks go to the officers who have stepped up for another year at the helm.  Charlie Sapp completed a great year as Secretary and now will take over the responsibilities of Treasurer.  Larry Keller agreed to take over Vice.  I'm sure he is imminently qualified.  Thanks Larry.  The duties of Secretary will be assumed by Ray Clark.  Thanks Ray, this is no easy task to get your feet wet with.  Finally, Vice President Don Jackson who took charge when necessary last year, has accepted presidential responsibilities on a full time basis this year.  In addition, Don has agreed to give us his view from the top in a Prez Seys format.  So, I will be turning the pontificating over to Don.  Thanks, President Jackson.  - John

Prez Seys

As we enter into the new millennium I would like to thank our former officers and committee members, as they did an outstanding job.  I also would like to thank our new officers for taking on the responsibility for the coming year.  The new year is a good time to think about what we would like to see happen in our club.  It is also a good opportunity to bring forth some new ideas. If you have any new ideas, please bring them up at the meeting.  I would like to urge everyone to take the time to become aquatinted with our new members and make them feel welcome.  We really need to have an active membership committee to maintain and increase our membership.  If you know someone who has dropped out of the club, please urge them to come back.  Please volunteer to serve on a committee. We need members to serve on the following committees; Club Historian, Membership Committee, Christmas Party, etc.  If you would like to start a new committee, please bring it up at the meeting.  If you have any articles, you would like to publish in our club newsletter, please submit them to John Bouchillon.  I look forward to working with you and enjoy your fellowship this year.  Regards,  Don Jackson


The longer I live. The more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than circumstances, than money, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home...a club. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitude.  [Editorial addition: Thanks to Barb Smith for this thought.  It applies to us and the relationship we have with our club.  It is OUR club and OUR attitudes can make it or break it.  Thanks Barb.]


Classes Starting!

Interested in taking classes in woodcarving or woodburning?  Members of our club conduct classes through the St. Charles School District Adult Education Program.  The following classes will be taught Thursday nights, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, from February 10th through May 11th. (No class on 3/16 & 4/14).  Location will be St. Charles West.  Call (636) 947-0822 (2) to enroll.  Don't forget, classes start February 11th.

Wood Carving I&II               [AV182-01]
Taught by Don Wilson and Dave Lincoln, this class uses a hands-on approach and will offer the newcomer training in the three basic types of woodcarving.  A continuation of this session is being offered at the same time to students who have completed the first session and/or want to further expand their skills.  Guest instructors will demonstrate at several sessions.  Sign up early - Class will be limited to 20 students!  
Tuition: $60
Woodburning                                 [AV358-01]
Learn the art of adding detail to your wood projects, through lines and color.  This will be a hands-on class for all skill levels, including beginners.  Students will complete an average of four projects, consisting of rural, nature, and seascape scenes as designated by the instructor, Barbara Smith (Pyrographic Artist).  The final project will be the student's choice.  Required tools are: a regulated wood burner, small round heeled skew, and a small bent V-nosed shader (tips).  Woodburners are available for purchase at $110; tips may also be purchased at the first class.  Stop by the Adult Ed office to view samples of woodburning art.  Tuition: $60, Supplies $8



Affiliations: St. Charles Area Woodcarvers Association, National Wood Carvers Association, Mid-America Woodcarvers Association and West County Wood Carvers.

Interest: Carving in the round - primarily realistic human figures.

Background: Woodcarving for eleven years and woodworking twenty five years.

Training: Bark faces with Wil Brewton, Realistic human figures with Rex Branson and Jeff Phares. For the most part a lot of practice.


1998 - April 2000
Jim Leifeld
Sheldon White
Fern Loftin
Rich Weitzman
Walt Schmierbach
Sue Jackson
Jessie Meyer
Chick Meyer
Don Bosley
Charles Adams
Charles Browning
Cletis Sparks
Perley Cassady

Don Wilson
Charlene McMenamy
Doug & Rainy Woollard
Billy Lee
Charlotte Cross
Don & Ann Bosley
Red Cross
Ray Clark
Barb Smith
Charles Sapp
Dave Lincoln
Charles Adams - March
Chong Kim - April
Your name here

Over the past 2 years, a good cross section of club members have displayed their work in the display case.  We have March and April covered, but we need new members and old members who have not displayed for a couple of years to volunteer to take a month.  

We are fortunate to have the display case on a regular basis.  It is good advertisement for the club and it lets you show off your skills.  Please, do not let this asset go unused, or make the same people take it year after year.  

Check out this list and if your name isn't there, see about adding it by contacting Red Cross or John Bouchillon to get scheduled for the month of your choice.  It's a hoot having your carvings on display.  Give it a try.


Saturday Carving

Saturday carving is going strong.  We have some very serious carvers, burners, talkers, lookers, and eaters.  Every thing from a chess set to chip carving is being worked on with Santa's, burning, Rufus' and cowboys making a strong showing.  

There are a lot of pieces in a chess set.
In previous years, there was structured sessions with carving leaders or instructors.  So far this year, it has been open carving where everyone does their own thing.  This seems to be working out fine.  Everyone has projects laying around that need work.  Some need help.  Someone there can answer almost any question or show you a way to solve a particularly sticky problem.  Some just like to show off finished projects.
Barb is really hot.

Finishing off a Phares seminar project 
Whatever the case, if you aren't getting in on the fun, it's your loss.  All in all, it is a fun day.  Bring your lunch, go out to eat, make a run to a deli for sandwiches, or diet.  You can't find something to satisfy your culinary needs.  Saturday's following all regular monthly meetings through November will be a carving day.  For February, that's the 5th and 19th.  See you there.
Ten more #& pawns?

Bill's just chippin' & thinkin'

Is it time for lunch yet?

Anyone say Berger King?

Sure, it's always time for that.


Upcoming Events and Activities

February 2000

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February 2 Regular monthly business meeting
February 5 Saturday Carving, 9 to 3
February 16 Regular carving meeting.  No planned project.
February 19 Saturday Carving, 9 to 3

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