On July 2nd we had 24 members at the
meeting. The following was discussed.
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
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
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
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.
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
members had something to share with us during Show
and Tell at the meeting.
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.
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
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Lighter Side of the Wood