October 2001

12th Annual Wonders of Wood - Success!!

Well, it's finally time to close the books on another great show. Of course, it goes without saying that it would not go on without the support of the many folks who work so hard and give unselfishly of themselves. There were almost 450 attending this year. We had vendors for the first time. Selling wood, cutouts, tools, books and other related items makes a better offering to the public than we have had in the past. Displays by non-members rounded out the show. Visitor comments complemented us on the great variety of "stuff" as well as the interesting and informative conversation with the participants. Keep up the good work and friendly attitude.  The new Art Center was also a great improvement. The open, airy atmosphere with more room for everyone, added to the success. Even the watercolor paintings on display at the Center contributed. Parking was also greatly improved. 

Have you hugged your show chairman lately? She needs a hug.  Dee Kley worked tirelessly taking names, arranging tables and planning for all the little details that make the show work. However, she is also celebrating the fact that this will be her last year as Show Chairperson. Dee has carefully noted all the little details necessary to make the show work and will be passing her notes and information on to next year's Chairperson. The new chairperson will have a wealth of information available as well as many helping hands. We will be looking for someone to take this position. Please give it some serious consideration. Also, are you among the folks that helped this year? If not, how about stepping up and volunteering for next year's show. It is just as easy to be helpful as it is to be critical.

Best of Show Winners

Jack Combs - Professional

Jim Leifeld - Advanced

Dorothy Clarke - Intermediate

Charles Mitchell - Novice


Show and Tell

There were many projects brought to the August 1st and September 5th meetings.  However, I was out of town and no one was available to take pictures.  I will be happy to accept actual photographs or e-mail pictures for Show and Tell.

Russ Sears continually astounds us with his carefully crafted tools and devices. This is his latest creation. A compass that will make up to a 30" circle and can also be used as a divider for very large items.

Barb Smith has been refining her wood burning and has come up with this tray. A true masterpiece. The burning is accentuated with acrylic ink. I'm not sure how they are different from acrylic paints, but the results are very striking. Good job Barb.


  Good Job - Don and Dee Kley 

The whole club extends it's heart felt appreciation to you both for your many years of service. Not only in your capacity of Show Chairpersons, but in your willingness to serve in any way and for any request made by the club. Your donations of time, effort and carvings for fund raising, or other club activity always contribute to achieving the objectives of the club. Therefore, as was announced at the conclusion of the show, we are making you an Honorary Life Member until such time as you are more adequately compensated.

We thank you.


The Rest of the News

Meeting Entertainment: Sue Vanderbilt will be at the October 3rd meeting to show original carvings done by Ulrich Barnardi, a master carver with the Anre Studios located in St. Christina, Italy. Ulrich lives in Ortisei, Italy. Sue will have pictures of his home and the town. She will also have some of the knives that he gave her. Several carvings from the Anre Studios were on display at the Wonders of Wood show. It should be very interesting. 

Our Ft. Zumwalt Fall Carve Out is October 20th. We have the pavilion reserved and it should be a great time, rain or shine. We will have a pot luck meal. However, there are no electrical connections, so it all has to be cold. Lana will bring a hot main dish. Bring drinks and plates for yourself. Last time, the dieters won and there was salad and watermelon and all sorts of good, lo-cal stuff to eat. Take the Bryan Road exit to the South Service road. Turn left and the park is about a mile on your Right. There is only one road through the park so you won't get lost. Just look for the pavilion, playground and restrooms on your Right, just before you get back to the entrance. If you miss the place, take a left before you leave the park and go around again.

Litchfield Fall Campout is October 5 - 6 & 7th. This Fall I think we are going to have a real good project, something different. Barb Smith is going to give a class on woodburning. She said she had two projects for you to pick from. If you don't have a woodburner, she has some she would lend you. She will also have some for sale if you would like to buy a good burner.

As always we will have our pot luck supper Saturday night. Hopefully we will have some entertainment of dulcimer music afterwards while we are sitting around the campfire. Hope to see you there. 

Bob & Ro Biermann

Carving Meeting Project: Charles Adams has received the blanks for our carving meeting project starting at the October 17th meeting. It is a Santa rough out by Gerald Sears. 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. Cost of the rough out should be around $13.

Saturday Carving November: 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. More information on this to follow.

O'Fallon Fall Festival: The O'Fallon Fall Festival & Craft Bazaar will be October 13th at Civic park from 9 to 4. They will supply the tent, tables, chairs and electricity. We will be on the little strip of ground across the street from the Art Center.  Please come out to carve, sell some carvings or just to sit around and gab. You can also get a jump on your holiday shopping or find something unique for your home as you browse through other booths filled with handmade crafts. You can listen to bluegrass music, taste some of the best country 'vittles around, and find activities for kids, too. So bring the whole family for a foot-stompin' good time in Civic Park. Rain or shine, 'y'all come and carve a little and enjoy yourself. Contact Sue Jackson for more information, (636) 980-3097.

Saturday carving: Don't forget, open carving from 9 AM until around 2 PM at the O'Fallon Art Center, Saturday October 6th. Park in the lot on the lower level and come to the back door. It's a fun time. Bring your latest project and enjoy the fun. Take the O'Fallon exit North about a half mile to the railroad tracks. Take the first Left immediately after the tracks. The Art Center is on the Left across the street from the Civic Park swimming pool. 

Barb Smith is having another woodburning class at the Belleville club Rock House this month. She recently had one and it was such a success that they asked her to come back for another one. It will be October 20th. See Barb for additional information on time and project information. (636) 240-7690 

Wonders of Wood Show-2002 dates have been set for September 21-22. Make your plans to be there and get started on your best of show entries today. It's never too early.

Midwestern Woodcarving Show is November 3-4 at the Belle-Clair Exposition Hall in Belleville, IL. More information can be found at Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up to help man the club table at the next meeting. Also, donated items to sell will be accepted at either October meeting.

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. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors: Welcome aboard to the visitors at the last meeting. They are also our two newest members. Mike Roddy and Curtis Seymour.

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 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.

Gerald Sears Seminar has been scheduled for July 19-20, 2002. He will be teaching a large Santa and will include painting instruction. I'm sure he will also have his other projects available for non-believers. This seminar will fill up fast, so see Charles Adams to get on the list. 

Wonders of Wood Screensaver: If you noticed the slide show of our work and people at the show this year, you may be interested to know that it is a computer screensaver. You can have one for your own computer to show friends and family, or just enjoy yourself. Place your order for the 2001 screensaver at the next meeting, or call (636) 240-5372. You will receive a CD containing both the 2000 and 2001 screensavers as well as all the pictures taken at both the shows and instructions for installation. It will be available for $10. Members who bought the screensaver last year can bring the CD in for exchange at no additional cost. If you have works you would like to display using a screensaver of this type, contact me for information.

Congratulations to all you E-newsletter recipients.  We have finally achieved over 50% E-Letters verses mailed Letters.  This saves the club a pretty significant amount of money each year.  However, if the E-Letters do not meet all your needs, just let me know and I will place you back on the regular mailing list. 


Upcoming Events and Activities

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October 3 Regular monthly business meeting
October 6 Saturday Carving O'Fallon 9-3
October 13 O'Fallon Fall Festival
October 17 Regular carving meeting - Santa Project
October 20 Ft. Zumwalt Carve-out

Other Activities
Pioneer Days - Boone Home - September 29-30
Litchfield Campout - Rainmaker Campground - October 5-7
Deutsch Days - Marthasville MO - October 20-21
Barb Smith Woodburning Class - Belleville - October 20
Saturday Carving with Arnold Fritz - Lighthouse project - November 10
Engler Christmas Seminar - November 16-18

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