On March 5th we had 27 members attending
a fairly brief meeting with the following discussed.
The Home and Garden Show was on
during the weekend of the meeting. With only the
Friday monies in for the raffle we're on our way to
setting a new record. Friday brought in $42 which is
more than the cost of the wood and in fact more than
the total raised last year.
Jim Hickey ran into a former member,
Jerry Goertzen, that used to carve some very
realistic looking guns. Jim will be arranging to
have him come in for a meeting in a month or two.
(Either April's or May's meeting.) You may want to
make sure you attend them both so you won't miss
Unfortunately, there will be no class
as scheduled after the Home and Garden Show. Don
Cathey, who was to teach the class, has come down
with Chicken Pox. The next class will be after the
Fair in October.
An update on Del Dixon was given. He
is back in the hospital, St. Agnes, (as of the date
of the meeting). Doctors don't know what's causing
the problems. It is hard on Del and unfortunately
has taken its toll. If he is not in the hospital
currently, he may be back at the Golden LivingCenter
- Hy-lon which again is on Shields, east of First
St. We all continue to wish him well.
Greg Essman is continuing to meet
with the residents of the
Palm Village Retirement Community. After the
meeting, he was headed out there from 2:00 to about
3:00 or 4:00. If anyone is interested in going with
Greg, talk to him at a meeting or give him a call at
The 4th Annual Oakhurst
Wood Carvers Rendezvous is coming up on April 10 -
16. It will be held at the Community Center in
Oakhurst. The following is paraphrased from The Log.
There will be carving classes, demonstrations, and
seminars for all levels of carvers: beginning,
intermediate, and advanced. There is also crafts and
programs for non-woodcarvers.
Currently, there are several different carving
classes lined up. One registration fee will allow
attendance to as many classes as desired or spend
the whole week in just one class.
Registration is $100.00 for a single person and
$150.00 for a couple, for the entire week. You will
need to bring your own knives, tools and equipment.
The price also includes coffee each morning, a
couple of dinners and a potluck on Friday night.
The deposit will have to be cash or check. The
checks are to be made out to the Oakhurst
Woodcarvers Rendezvous and sent to:
40389 Hwy 41 SP 67
Oakhurst, CA 93644
They have made lodging arrangements with:
Oakhurst Lodge - (559) 683-4417
High Sierra RV Park - (559) 683-7662
For more information on the Rendezvous contact:
(559) 658-2405, email:
(562) 425-0732, email:
Instructors, Classes, & Requirements for 2011
Rose Bielke: Will teach Pine Needle Basket
Boles David: Will teach Painting
Tools required: Paint and brushes. Instructor
will have brushes for sale. Call for list of
Ed Frank: Will teach the carving and
painting of a Swedish Horse.
Joe Girtner: Will teach Basic Knife
Sharpening and Techniques of Swedish Flat Plane
Sandy Jahrling: Will teach Wood
Tools required: Bring a Wood Burner.
Ken Maggard: Will teach Wood Turning
Jay Mc Laughlin: Will teach Glass
Mac Mc Laughlin; Will teach Cartoon
Kathie Perry: Will teach Colored Glass
Mosaic Stepping Stones.
Matt Pomerico: Will teach fantasy Bark
House carving in Cottonwood Bark.
Nash Regalado; Will teach Indian style
flute making and playing.
Tools needed: a ¼ chisel, a ¼ flat file, a ¼
round file, 1" plane, 4-way file and 5 clamps.
Class size 10 to 15 students, Class length 2
Beckie Rezac: Will teach carving, burning
and painting techniques for Gourds, Spirit Dolls and
Tools required: Paints and wood burning equipment
Bud Sanders: Will teach Character Carving,
Golf Ball Carving.
Jean Smith: Will teach Tatting.
Dick Smith: Will teach Relief Carving.
Jeffery Wardwell: Will teach Power
Trout Fish Carving.
should have been paid by now. If you haven't paid
you may not be considered a member any longer. Not
sure? Please check with Jack Lloyd to see. He is
available at a meeting or carving session. Or
you may mail your dues to:
Clovis, CA 93611
The dues are $10.
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Show & Tell
members had something to share with their fellow
carvers for show and tell at the March 5th
found four interesting carvings at a thrift store.
An owl, a dog, an armadillo, and a man carrying a
brought in the latest whirligig that
he's working on. This time he is using some carving
skills to put some detail into it beyond what the
instructions call for.
tried to see how long it would take him to knock out
an Eagle Head that we're using for the Canes for the
Veterans. He had an example of a head that was
fairly complete the took him 20 minutes to carve.
There were still the finishing touches to do, but
was looking pretty good.
Lloyd then showed
one that he spent a total of 30 minutes on. Same
condition as the one before but it had some more
details carved into it.
He also had one
that was completely finished and that he took extra
time on to get some details done right. It took him
a grand total of five hours to do. This was probably
more time than all the other heads he's carved put
Lastly, was his
most popular carving he's done. Drawing from deep
within his creative juices, and no doubt looking
into a mirror, this Eagle Head has by some reports
the most distinctive look anything could possibly
have. Changing up the usual Eagle Head Cane, Lloyd
had made a "Bald" Bald Eagle. The resemblance
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Lighter Side of the Wood
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