May 2002

Carving Demonstrations

We have received several requests for carving demonstrations. The hobby is receiving more attention and as a result, more people want to know about it. Sometimes we have to scurry to come up with demonstrators. This is a fun activity and if you are interested in helping, let me know. I will add you to the list of potential participants so we can respond and spread the word about our hobby. 

We have a request to participate in the Butterfly House Festival this Fall at the Missouri Botanical Garden. They need carvers who can do flowers, birds, and/or butterflies. Contact Charles Sapp, 636-928-0149, for details. 

The Daniel Boone Home is having their annual music festival May 4th and would like carvers for that event. It is a fun day at the Boone Home and should be very inviting for our Saturday carvers. Call Charles Browning, 636-798-2373, for information or attend the May 1st meeting.  Additional information on activities  at the Boone Home below. 

The morning Seasoned Eye crew has a demonstration scheduled for the morning of June 17th at Calvery Church.  It is for the Calvery Cub Scout Troop.  You can't bring youngsters into the hobby too soon.  They also had a demonstration for a group of Seniors at the St. Charles Community College Continuing Education Department, April 25th.  So, I guess it is never too late to start, either.

We also had a request for a demonstration at the Westhoff Elementary School for April 25th, but were unable to come up with anyone who could make it. We will try to meet their needs at a later date.  

You can see we are busy showing off our hobby.  If you want to get in on the fun, just let me or any of the club officers know.  We will put you on the list of demonstrators and you can participate in the fun, too.


May Display Case - Ray Clark

Affiliations: National Wood Carvers Association and St. Charles Area Woodcarvers.

Background: Police Chief, Warrenton MO. Started carving in 1998. He was selected as a class 1 carver in 2001 at Silver Dollar City and has been invited to return this year as well. He will be carving at least 16 days there this year. He also signed a contract to carve at the Deutsch Country Days, October 19th and 20th this fall near Marthasville Missouri.

Awards: First show experience - Wonders of Wood 1999. Won numerous blue ribbons and Novice Best of Show for his wonderful Mountain Lion.

Training: Mostly self taught, but attended seminars and classes locally. 


Show and Tell

Charles Mitchell has been concentrating on relief carving and framing plaques. He did some great wood burning on a bear and a wolf. The eagle was wood burned and painted and the duck was wood burned and stained. The frames are home made from barn wood. John Engler had something to do with this effort, but Charles branched off in all directions. These were his very first wood burnings since he was 6 and got a whoppin' for burning his Dad's door.


Red Cross has been busy working on past projects. The Indian was started in a class with Dave Lincoln about 8 years ago. 

The hillbilly on the donkey was one of the many projects he started at Silver Dollar City in Harold Enlow's class.

 At least he is finishing something. I have a lot of UFO's at my house. (Un- Finished Objects) 


Jim Leifeld completed this Blue Wing Teal. It was supposed to be in the competition last month at Westlake, Ohio, but didn't get finished in time. It took over 44 hours just to do the painting. I bet it would have won, too.

Jack Combs completed this mourning dove. The leaves are made from grocery bags and the ground clutter is walnut wood shavings.  


By the way, Jack made sure that I knew that his dove was a mourning dove and not a morning dove. He also wanted everyone to know, that his red and gray faced owls in Show and Tell last month were really red and gray phased owls. 


Sorry Jack. Guess I'm a little red phased


Jack also made this bird house. It's a little ostentatious, maybe.  But not too bad. However, I question if it is truly carved.

Jerry Burson made this name plate for his friend Jim Braun.

Billy Lee completed yet another belt sander/tool sharpener. It was finished in green and yellow Rust-oleum in the John Deere tradition. That will probably make the price go up.   I'm sure he will negotiate with any prospective buyer. His usual price is $100.



Contrary to the Presidents directive against cloning, I have been working on doing that. I think he is making a mountain out of a mole hill.  It's a lot of fun and what can these little guys hurt.

If any one is interested in the casting process or materials used, I'll be happy to pass on what I know. It shouldn't take very long.

What do you do with an Army of Rufuses?  Well, any of you beginners out there that would like a go-by and a piece of wood to carve this little guy, I'm selling the kit for $5.  The go-by is 1.75" tall, but you can scale him up to whatever size you would like.


The Rest of the News

Gerald Sears Santa Seminar is scheduled for July 19-21. We have 8 signed up, so we can handle as many as 4 more. Call Charles Adams to get on the list, 636-537-3370.

Our Spring Carve Out is June 22nd at the Ft. Zumwalt pavilion. Since we no longer have regular carving on Saturday, this will be one of our few opportunities to participate in this fun activity. Don't forget to mark this day on your calendar. Be thinking about your options for the pot luck dinner. The more the merrier.

From the Wagon master: It's almost time to camp. The Holzschnitzers campout is June 7-8-9 and I need to know who is going to be camping by the 17th of May.  I will make reservations and keep us all together. I also need to know if you want a full hookup or just water and electric. If you want to do the project, let me know so I can get enough rough outs made. Any questions? Give me a call at 314-843-6244. Bob Biermann.

Woodburning - Painting Project: A group project will start this month. We will wood burn a 6" x 9"picture and then  paint it in water colors. Charles Adams has boards and burning pattern available for $1. Every one will use the same picture. Once it is completed, Shirley Nachtrieb, the Art Center's resident water color instructor and artist will teach us the techniques of painting with watercolors. Get your boards and start burning with the group at the May 1st meeting.

Boone Home information:  American Musical Festival at the Daniel Boone Home, Boone Campus, Lindenwood University.  May 4, 2002 - 9:00-6:00.  Experience American Music:  Native American, Ragtime, Bluegrass, Gospel Choirs, Zithers, & Dulcimers.  Springtime Living History Activities:  Fiber Spinning, Woodworking/carving, Blacksmith, Railsplitting, Gardening, and Hands-on activities for children.  Admission:  Adults $12.00, Seniors $10.00, Children $6.00.  Bring carving, spend the day talking to the visitors and get in free.  1868 Highway F Defiance MO.  For information & directions: 636-798-2005.

New members: Elmer and Diana Boll wanted me to let everyone know they recently joined our club. Actually, they have been members for several years, but I neglected to include them in my list of our club members attending the Silver Dollar City Woodcarving Seminar in last months Newsletter.  Squeeeeeeze me guys! And welcome aboard. Maybe, if we saw your smiling face at our meetings sometime,.................

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