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Central California Woodcarvers

July 2011

Volume 19, Issue 7

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


On July 2nd we had 24 members at the meeting. The following was discussed.
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We will have a sign-up sheet for the Fresno Fair's carving contest at our next meeting on August 6. The Fair's new rules needs to have this list of contestants turned in on September 10. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for this.

Again, we'd like to see everyone enter something into the Home Arts Department if they are able. We have direct links to the Fair's Home page along with the page for Competitive Exhibits at our Links & Documents page. They currently have a button to enter your competitive exhibit online. (One would assume that you'll still have to take your entry to the Fair Grounds to be considered.)

We are in need of something for the raffle that we'll be doing during the Fair. The walking staff that we did last year might not have had a wide enough interest compared to the bird house we did at the home show that proved to be very popular. Anyone with ideas is encouraged to speak up.
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Don Lenz reported that the Eagle Cane presentation went well this year. Because the canes were precut to size, when the Vet came up to receive their cane it was a smooth procedure and proceeded quickly.

This has been the biggest response to our efforts yet with Channel 30 (although the only news outlet to cover it) doing a two minute report on us the word has started to get out. By the end of the event Don had five new requests for canes and as of our meeting date there are 29 requests.
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On a related note, Barry Walzberg noted that there was a spike on the number of people that came to our web site. And there were a number of individuals that sent messages expressing interest in visiting or joining our club after seeing the report on Channel 30. One even offered to donate a piece of equipment to us.

A woman whose deceased husband was a Vietnam Vet has what she describes as a router tool for making spindles and said she was interested in donating it to "such a wonderful group."
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Show & Tell

CameraTwo members had something to share with us during Show and Tell at the meeting.
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Roy Smith had borrowed an old book from Jim about gun stock carving with the desire to decorate a WWII Russian Mosin-Nagant rifle he had. Roy had always wanted to do something with the stock, but a regular checker pattern would be too easy to not look good. So he picked a nice filigree pattern, that if he made a mistake he could just say that was what he wanted.

The stock is mahogany that his son took nine months to made. The texture for the background of the design was created using the point of a nail.
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Lloyd Moore had sowed us his redesigned smaller eagle head last month and this month showed us that this could be easily painted as a juvenile Bald eagle. A young bald eagle's feather pattern varies so much that getting it "right" could only be a matter of opinion. This design, which could also be painted to look like a mature eagle, uses less material and would be less expensive to produce. A definite option for those needing a smaller handle on their cane.
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Lighter Side of the Wood


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