ST. CHARLES AREA WOODCARVERS NEWSLETTER
 

November 2001

Sue Vanderbilt Presents Ulrich Barnardi Carvings

If you missed the October 3rd meeting, you really missed a great talk and some wonderful carvings. Sue is a good friend of Ulrich, a master carver who lives in Ortisei, Italy. She brought many of her personal carvings which he has given to her over the years, and pictures of other carvings as well as pictures of the area of Italy where he lives. I wish I could put all the pictures in the newsletter, but space prohibits it. The detail and finish on the carvings was absolutely unbelievable.  According to Sue, Ulrich does not use sandpaper. Eat your heart out Debbie.

Thanks to Charlene McMenamy for bringing in this great guest speaker.  Sometimes our meetings get pretty cut and dry.  If anyone else knows of someone or something that would be of interest to the club, please discuss it with an officer.  Or, e-mail me and I will bring it up at a meeting so we can work it into our meeting schedule.  This was truly a wonderful program and I think more like it would be great.

Midwestern Woodcarving Show is November 3-4 at the Belle-Clair Exposition Hall in Belleville, IL. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donated items to sell at the show to help defray the cost of the club's table are a little skimpy this year. If you have any ornaments or other items to donate for the club to sell, contact Charles Adams or get them over to the show when you go. We were very short on volunteers, also. If you have some extra time available, drop by the table and give our volunteers a little break. Thanks to Ray Clark for volunteering for so many time slots. We wouldn't have been able to fill the two days without him. Don't miss this show. There's a lot to see and plenty to buy. And, it's just a fun place to visit. See you there.

The 11th Annual Woodcarving Show for the St. Louis Area Woodcarvers is November 24-25 at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road in Kirkwood, MO. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   We don't have a club table there, but many of our members have individual tables. Be sure to visit them also. It's a great show.

 

Show and Tell


Barb Smith brought in a poignant burning of a New York Fireman. Outstanding work, and timely!


I finished one of Barb's Litchfield project of a wood burned wolf. The other projects she had for the campout were also great and she did a super job of teaching the techniques.

Jack Combs has been busy working on a unique story pole. Wish I had taken better notes and could relate the story. 
The guy on top did something to make the owl mad and it flew over the next fellow and ..... and ....

 

In the tool category, Billy Lee built a new tool sharpening belt sander. It's similar to the one Gerald Sears had at his seminar. It does a great job of sharpening tools and when used with a floppy wheel buffer, does it fast..

Charlene McMenamy finished a cute little pelican she carved for a friend or family member.  My notes really took a nose dive, so I don't remember which.  I do remember that she snapped up the sharpener without hesitation.

Another view of Billy's sharpener shows how the tool rest is used and how you get the same grind angle on the tool.  Charlene recognized the utility of the tool and sweet talked Billy into selling it.  I think former president Franklin did some of the sweet talking, too.  I guess Billy will be building himself another one soon.  

 

 

Russ Sears made a unique hand scraper/shaper. It was outfitted with a bead cutting blade to make edge beads. 

Good job to all of you show and tellers.

 

November Display Case - Don and Dee Kley

Affiliations: St. Charles Area Woodcarvers, National Wood Carvers Association, Belleville Holzschnitzers and Mid America Wood Carvers.

Residence: St. Louis County

Background: Don - Retired from McDonnell Douglas. Dee - Retired Hazelwood Teacher. Carving has been a fulfilling hobby for 7 years.

Awards: St. Charles Area Woodcarvers Annual show ribbons.

Training: Seminars and help from fellow carvers have taught Don and Dee to improve their skills. 

Thoughts: The carving group is an extended family.

 

The Rest of the News

Our Ft. Zumwalt Fall Carve Out completed the camping season for another year. And what a day it was. I take full responsibility for picking one of the most perfect days you could have this time if year. The turnout was better than average and we had a great time. The park department has added an outside plug to the restroom building, so we should be able to use it for cooking the food next year. We'll plan on it. I have selected June 22 and October 19 for our Spring and Fall carve out next year. 

There has been some talk about going back to the Cuivre River State Park for a real campout next year. We have a few more people with campers now. There may be enough to reserve sufficient space to have a carving day there. I will reserve the O'Fallon pavilion anyway and we can discuss the other options at a later date. Besides, who said we can't have a Carveout and a campout.

It sure doesn't look like the lack of electricity hurt the pot luck meal. If you missed it, you missed a great time.

From Bob the Wagonmaster and Ro: 

The 2001 camping season is over for Ro and I and it is time to winterize the camper. This Fall we had a rainy and cool weekend for the woodcarving campout. We also had a low turnout. We only filled 5 campsites.
Barb Smith brought her new camper, her daughter and 3 grandkids to the campout. After two trips to Wal-Mart for heaters for their camper they finally settled in.

Barb gave us a class on woodburning. We had 5 patterns to pick from and each one was better than the other. She had 10 students and she did an excellent job with the instructions. She held up good with all the trouble everyone gave her. With the cool day, we used the A-Frame and we all stayed warm and had a great time. If you haven't tried woodburning with Barb, you don't know what you are missing. I found out there is a lot more to it than I thought.

After the potluck supper, we all sat around a small campfire to stay warm. John Bouchillon stayed for the campfire after supper. He said his wife told him to take a lot of clothes to stay warm and he followed her orders. Every time we turned around he was going to the truck for more coats. Before it was over he looked like an Eskimo.

Next year we are going to try a new campground. It is called Pin Oak Creek. The address is 1302 Hwy AT, Villa Ridge, MO 63089. Phone 636-451-5656. You will take highway 44 West to the Washington highway 100 exit. Turn right, go to the first stoplight. Make a left onto AT and go about 4 or 5 miles, I think. The campground will be on the left side of the road. The group rate is $19.00 a night for full hookup or $17.00 for just water and electric. If we don't like the new campground, we can go back to Rainmaker or try another campground. The dates for next year's campout are June 6-7-8 and October 4-5-6.

I will try and get a project for the Spring campout. Hope to see you in the spring. Stay warm and keep carving this winter.
Carving Meeting Project: Charles Adams has received the blanks for our carving meeting project It is a Santa rough out from the Gerald Sears collection. This will be a continuing project. Hopefully, you will be able to complete it by Christmas. Of course, you can do the carving at home and complete it earlier. If you haven't picked up your rough out, see Charles at the next meeting.

Saturday Carving November 10th: For those of you who would like another shot at Arnold Fritz's lighthouse project, he will be doing it at the November 10th carving session at the O'Fallon Art Center. To get to the O'Fallon Art Center from I-70, take the Highway K/M (O'Fallon Main Street) Exit 217. Go North on Main Street about a half mile. After crossing the railroad tracks, make an immediate Left turn onto Civic Park Drive. The Art Center is about three blocks, on the Left. Come join us.

For Sale - Contact Doug at 314-831-7590
DELTA - Model 11-990 - 1/3 HP - 5 speed - bench top - drill press. Complete with stand and accessories. Less than 10 hours use. W/accessories $350 Sell $200 
CRAFTSMAN - Electric - 3HP - 12 gallon - air compressor. W/accessories. Like new. New +$300, Sell $180
MAKITA- Model 2708 - 8" bench top table saw - with stand. Excellent condition. New $269 Sell $150
JET - Model JWBS14CS - 3/4HP - 5 speed - closed stand - band saw. W/extras. Like new. New w/accessories +$700 Sell $400 

Engler Seminar: The John Engler seminar in August was so much fun that we are having him back November 16-18. Contact Don Wilson to get on the waiting list. John will be concentrating on Christmas items and we will have a painting seminar Saturday night after supper. He will be discussing his technique of painting with water colors. The result is striking. Spouses who paint are welcome to attend the painting session.

O'Fallon Fall Festival was a wet success. The Club make a good showing for the crafting community. Thanks to Sue and Don Jackson for spearheading the effort and working with the O'Fallon folks to get us a tent and tables and all the necessary accoutrements. O'Fallon didn't pick a very good day for the event, but until the bottom dropped out, the Davisson's, Cross's, Jackson's and I had a great day and a good time. By the way, Sue did a great job demonstrating carving and talking about the club.  Mary Ann and the Cross's did a lot of talking also.  We are lucky to have such good ambassadors to pass on our information to the world.

 

Upcoming Events and Activities

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November 7 Regular monthly business meeting
November 10 Saturday Carving O'Fallon 9-3
November 16-18 O'Fallon Fall Festival
November 21 Regular carving meeting - Santa Project
November 24 Ft. Zumwalt Carve-out

 

  

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