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Central California Woodcarvers

February 2011

Volume 19, Issue 2

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


On February 5th we had 34 members attending and discussed the following matters.
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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.
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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.
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Don't forget, if you have a doughnut, you'll want to feed the kitty.
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Chuck Smith brought in a couple of friends, Mike and Howard, from the Sequoia 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.
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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 the key.)
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Glenn 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 dues to:

Jack Lloyd
1584 Burl
Clovis, CA 93611

 The dues are an inexpensive $10.
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Show & Tell

 

CameraSix members had something to share with their fellow carvers for show and tell at the February 5th meeting.
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Glenn Rasmussen 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.
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Larry Jordan 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.
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Jack Lloyd 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.
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Lance Leitch 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.
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Clarence Mattos 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 defense.
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Lloyd Moore 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 carving process.

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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