On February 5th we had 34 members
attending and discussed the following matters.
A reminder went out that name tags
need to be worn during business meetings. Our new
Sergeant at Arms, Clarence Mattos, says to just put
a quarter on the table if you don't have one on.
He'll be checking. If you'd like to order an
official one, see Jack Lloyd.
Greg Essman reported back on the
demonstration he did at the
Palm Village Retirement Community. There were
about 10 to 15 people that showed up and would like
to see something continue. They are interested in
starting something at their location. If anyone is
interested in helping out please see Greg or give
him a call at (559) 903-8927.
Don't forget, if you have a doughnut,
you'll want to feed the kitty.
Chuck Smith brought in a couple of
friends, Mike and Howard, from the
Woodturners. This group is coming alongside of
us with the Canes for Veterans project. While
our members carve the eagle heads, their members are
turning some absolutely wonderful shafts. They are
truly a great addition to the presentation the canes
will make. Mike and Howard talked about how they are
finishing the shafts which are being made from
Pistachio and Walnut. Each shaft is unique in its
look, while having standardized ends. The tops must
fit the heads and the bottom 6" are ready for
trimming to size and fit the end caps.
The woodturners seem to be eager to
help this project. At a recent meeting the
Woodturners held, 70 canes were handed out to their
members to work on. In ten minutes time all the
shafts were taken.
With 113 canes given to Veterans so
far, Don Lenz is continuing forward with this
benevolent project. And now that we have shafts
being made, more heads are also needed. If you'd
like to lend a hand and carve an eagle head please
see Don. Blanks will be given out one at a time as
you complete each head.
The Home & Garden Show is right
around the corner (http://fshows.squarespace.com/home-and-garden-show),
on March 4, 5, and 6. Sign-ups started for the
people to staff the booth for the three days. As of
this writing, all slots have been filled, but if
you're still interested give Jim Hickey a call,
(559) 230- 2695.
Our booth will be located in the same
spot as last year. We're in the Jr. Exhibits
Building which is just east of the Butler Ave.
entrance. The booth will be along the south wall.
Jim is working on the raffle prize which is a bird
house. The door of the house will be locked and only
a bird with a key will be able to get in. Jack Lloyd
carved a bird that will go on a perch outside of the
front door. (He's not telling if he carved the bird
Rasmussen has brought in some good sized pieces of
Black Walnut for anyone that is interested. It is on
a pallet outside of where we meet. Talk to Jim
Hickey if you would like any of it.
Our Library is missing ALL of
its magazines. While the library is there for any
member to take home and use an item or two, they
should be returned after you've had a chance to
study them. If you have borrowed anything from the
library (right now, especially any magazines),
please remember to bring them back soon so others
can also have a chance to use them.
Jack Lloyd gave an update on Del Dixon. He is doing
better and is in good spirits. He had recently moved
to the Golden LivingCenter - Hy-lon on Shields, east
of First St. and we all wish him well.
Membership dues are
still due. Please check with Jack Lloyd to see if
you've paid for 2011. He is available at a
meeting or carving session. Or you may mail your
Clovis, CA 93611
The dues are an
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Show & Tell
members had something to share with their fellow
carvers for show and tell at the February 5th
had won a piece of butternut at one of our raffles
and carved a stylized buffalo from it. For a base,
he placed it on a piece of scrap wood. Glenn drilled
holes in the buffalo's feet and doweled it to the
base using toothpicks. He finished it with linseed
oil and a Varathane top coat.
is a new member that joined just last
week. He likes making wind toys (or whirligigs)
along with other things and brought in some examples
of what he makes. Larry likes working with his hands
and finds these fun to make. He also makes puzzles
and balance toys.
brought in a couple of items from his past works.
He had a little
toy of a piano player with a dog accompanying. This
was a Christmas gift to his grandson in 2001.
Jack also had a
clay model of an Indian Head and a Wolf that he made
sometime around '89 or '90. Unfortunately, he never
has gotten around to carving either out of wood.
showed us an oak leaf relief that he did and asked
for a critique. Jim recommended a non high gloss
finish instead of what Lance used. Something like
Deft Clear Wood Finish in Satin which can be
purchased at Home Depot.
had a unique walking stick that is a piece of pine
from Idaho. The unique look comes from a bug that
gets into the wood and the tree grows around it as a
was asked by Don Lenz to come up with a pattern for
the Eagle Head Cane project so the heads would have
a more uniformed look to them. The pattern he came
up with will be glued to the blanks that will be
given out to those carving the heads. Lloyd strongly
suggests that the half of the head without the
pattern on it should be carved first. This will
allow you to see the pattern during the entire
Lloyd also talked about the use of
Kwik Wood, (made by JB Welds and available at Home
Depot or Fresno Ag), for putting in the eyes for the
eagle or just generally fixing mistakes.
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Lighter Side of the Wood
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