ST. CHARLES AREA WOODCARVERS NEWSLETTER
 

September 2001

Festival of the Little Hills

The festival is over and all the preparation produced an outstanding display. We can all be proud. If we continue attending the Festival, this will be a good example of how to handle the display items. Hopefully, some on the donated items will remain with the club and it won't be as big a job to get the items collected. Good job Don.

Walter Schmierbach, Charlene McMenamy and Lana Bouchillon seem to have the situation well in hand. The turnout was a little disappointing because our location was at the end of a short dead end path and not in the main flow of traffic. Hopefully, next year, we will be able to get a better spot.

St. Charles Area Woodcarvers on TV: As some of you know, we have been holding our Saturday carving sessions at the O'Fallon, Missouri, Arts and Culture Center. As a result, they asked if we would be able to place some carvings on display there similar to the display we have at the St. Peters Art Center. The initial display began last month with Sue Jackson. Other members have been scheduled through January. Check with Sue to get on the list to show your works.

Sue's display met with tremendous approval, so the O'Fallon Public Relations Department contacted her regarding producing a show about our club. The video was shot beginning August 16th with information on our club and Sue's carvings. It was completed on the 18th with the group of Saturday carvers in a hands/knives-on demonstration.


Broadcasting is scheduled to start on Aug. 27th and continue through Sept. 9th, so it gets a lot of air time.  The daily schedule is:

Mon. - 2:00 am, 10:00 am, 7:00 pm 
Tues. - 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 9:00 pm
Wed. - 9:00 am, 9:00 pm
Thurs. - 9:00 am
Fri. - 2:00 am, 10:00 am, 8:00 pm
Sat. - 10:00 am, 7:00 pm 
Sun. - 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm

The channel numbers are 13 and 47 on the O'Fallon City Cable, but may be different in your area.  Look for the O'Fallon Cable Channel. We plan to make a tape available for our St. Louis members as well as those who don't have cable. Check the club library after the program airs.

 

Show and Tell

There were many projects completed this year at Doane. Here are a few of the completed ones that showed up at the August meeting.  



Charlotte and Red Cross took Phil and Vickie Bishop's Caricature class.  Red did the cowgirl (Left).  Charlotte chose a Christmas theme and also proved the old axiom about what bears actually do in the woods.  Phil also taught a technique for painting that involves washing the pieces with a brush and soap and water.  It produces some really great results.  Check with Red or Charlotte for details.

 


Don Kley took  Buck Reinecker's Basket class again this year.  He produces some great baskets.  Buck does a great job teaching the class.  My wife, Lana, also took his class this year.  She is already packing her bags and getting ready to go back next year.

Arnold Fritz took Bob Travis' class on this Chicken Gunfighter.  There is a lot of details in there that takes several looks to get the full benefit of.


 

 

Dee Kley took Vic Schoonover's class on Rainbow Trout.  She did a great job on this one.  

Sue and Don Jackson took Larry Nowell's Indian portrait relief class.  Larry taught some unique steps required to carve any portrait in relief from a photo.  I bet we can expect more of these from the Jackson's in the future.  This is Sue's piece.  Don will be showing his soon.

I took Len Dillon's class on Santa Masks.  Len started out with the basic procedures carving on a large candle.  After we completed the candle, we applied those techniques to the actual mask.  Oil painting the two pieces completed the class on Friday.  Len is a great instructor and a lot of fun to carve with.

 

In addition to those who made it to Doane, our stay-at-home folks were not just sitting on their laurels. Here are the great items that they brought in to the regular meeting and morning carving sessions.


Billy Lee completed this mischievous Raccoon. Must have been the one that was raiding his hen house. 

Charles Browning doesn't let any grass grow around his place. I showed him my bear go-by a few days ago and here he had the completed item ready to go.  In walnut!  Power carving reigns!

 


Charles Mitchell was busy during the Gerald Sears Seminar in July. Here are four completed items he started there. Charles isn't just sitting around carving only his stuff, either. 

Here are a couple of plaques completed by his grandsons, Christopher, 9, and Aaron, 8, respectively. Charles is obviously a good teacher and a great Grandfather. He is getting the boys started in the right direction early in life. They did a great job on these plaques. Nice going boys.

The Rest of the News

The John Engler Seminar, August 24-26, was so much fun that we talked him into coming back in November. John is a great instructor and makes your time well worth the effort. The date for the class is November 16-18. John will be concentrating on Christmas items, but he has other projects available. In addition, we are planning to have an evening of painting instruction using water colors, Saturday, after Dinner. Spouses who paint are welcome to attend. The class is almost filled, so if you want to get in on the Christmas version of John's relief carving, better get your name to Don Wilson, (636) 928-2404, ASAP.  Below, Sheldon White, Mary Ann Davisson, Red Cross, Dudley Jackson, and Charles Mitchell look on as John demonstrates a new technique.

Wonders of Wood: The big event is upon us. Get your 50/50 tickets now, and sell as many as possible. The more we sell, the greater the prize for the winner and for the club. See or contact Charles Sapp (636) 928-0149 to make arrangements to get some. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for your table. We are in a new building, so planning ahead is a must.  We expect to have plenty of room, but just where you wind up will be a surprise to everyone. 

About the only thing that hasn't changed is the time schedule.  Volunteers are needed to set up tables Thursday the 20th, starting about 8 PM.  PLEASE!  Individual table setup starts Friday at 12, officially. Some come earlier to beat the rush. Cutoff for bringing items for judging is 7 PM. Please get them in by that time to give the judges as much time as possible without keeping them too late at night. The show will be from 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday. Lets make this another success that the club can be collectively proud of.

Campouts next month. Mark your calendar and make your plans. They are a lot of fun. Our Carve-out at Ft. Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon is October 20th. The Litchfield Campout is the weekend of 6-7 October. More information on both events will be available in the October newsletter. 

Pioneer Days at the Boone Home September 29-30 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Carvers are needed to demonstrate our craft and interact with the visitors.  It's a good time to promote woodcarving and encourage participation by new people.  It's a fun day sitting and carving with the other artisans and craftspeople.  Make your plans to attend. Check with Charles Browning for additional information.

Doug and Rainy Woollard attended the meeting last month. It was great to see them and hopefully Doug will continue to improve and attend.

Attention:  I will not be at the September 5th meeting. Show and tell or other newsworthy items should be submitted by e-mail or saved until the next meeting. 


See you on the 19th.

 

Upcoming Events and Activities

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September 5 Regular monthly business meeting
September 8 Saturday Carving O'Fallon 9-3
September 19 Regular monthly meeting
September 20-23 Wonders of Wood Show
September 29-30 Pioneer Days - Boone Home

Wonders of Wood Show - September 21-23
Pioneer Days - Boone Home - September 29-30

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