For September 3rd there were 32 members
in attendance. Here's what was discussed.
Jim Hickey mentioned the unfortunate
passing of two members over the last month. Dennis
Fairchild and Johnnie Grigsby's son, Johnny Jr.
There are still open slots for the
Fresno Fair's booth duty. Remember that the Fair is
from the 5th to the 16th.
Our booth at the Fair will be in a
new location this year. As you enter the Home Arts
building through the main doors it will be to the
right of the center. Bert Frazier's carrousel war horse
will be there on display and should be a real
attention getter. Also we might have more display
cabinets than last year.
As mentioned last month, the Fair is
going to be more restrictive this year about who
they let in for free. So if you plan on bringing
someone with you, you will have needed to have their
name on the list also.
Just like last year, the carving
contest will have two categories. Both novice and
advanced carvers, will only be allowed to use one knife for the
Lloyd Moore was contacted by the
Library about the ship we're working on, the
Olivette. They wanted to know for sure who had it.
Lloyd told them it wouldn't be done until at least
next year and they told him there was no rush. He
also mentioned that we would like to display it at
the fair when it's done which shouldn't be a
Bud Sanders is scheduled to be at the
Madera Fair. (Sept. 8 - 10) He will be doing sweet
potato carving demonstrations.
After our October meeting we will be
having an Ice Cream Social. Also don't forget to
bring in your carvings for display at the Fair on
It was mentioned that there are Club
documents that are available on our web site, (CCWoodcarvers.com).
You'll need to be a member and also registered on
the site to access the "Club Documents" page. On
that page is our Constitution and By Laws along with
California Carvers Guild documents and even some
patterns and plans.
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Show & Tell
had eight members that showed off their works to us
during Show and Tell at the meeting this month.
David Rupley showed us a fishing bear, sitting
on a chest, out on a pier complete with a fish on the
line. The chest the bear is sitting on opens to
reveal a secret spot for stashing all your
"bear-fishing paraphernalia." David also carved a
boot and a classic rabbit on a stand. Each was
carved from basswood with acrylic paint used to
Roy Smith had completed some of the folk art
fish that were showcased in Woodcarving Illustrated
magazine. He made them from some fir 2 x 4s.
Bud Sanders Brought in some willow walking
sticks. He cleaned them up and carved faces into
them. A couple with wood spirits and a couple with
Santas. Painting with acrylics, he finished them
Clarence Matos finished a couple of birds. A
quail and a starling. Both out of basswood, he
burned the feathers in and then painted them. The
quail's top knot was cut out of a piece of aluminum
Jack Lloyd had a collection of bears to show.
The largest of the carvings of a mama bear and her
two cubs entitled "The Griz Kids" was carved by
Willard Shute(?). His trademark was to carve a
rabbit somewhere into the carving and this one was
no exception. All the carvings Jack brought were
made from redwood. He also has some pieces of
redwood and patterns for anyone wanting to carve
Glenn carved an Indian on horseback pulling a
bundle. It was a Ben Hunt pattern that Glenn laid on
a piece of eucalyptus bark. He used alder which he
found hard to carve.
Lloyd Moore had a walking staff with a
sitting boy scout looking through binoculars on top.
The large "rock" the scout is sitting on serves to
protect the carving if it's dropped.
Jim Hickey showed us his almost completed
Fine Arts entry for the Fair. The relief is of
clipper ships running from a storm. The foreground
ship being none other than the Cutty Sark. Jim put
in some great detail, with four or five men carved
on the Cutty Sark. He also claimed two more on a
background ship and maybe a couple on shore, however
Jim was the only one that could actually see those
The project is a two and a half feet
tall and four feet long piece of Honduras mahogany
with a few worm holes that give it character. It was
a left over scrap from a paid project he did about
15 years ago. Jim used power tools to get it mostly
to the point it was in and is using hand tools for
the detail work. He plans on finishing it with a
heated 50/50 mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
Jim also plans on stabilizing the piece from cupping
by routing out some sections on the back. (Hopefully
not TOO deep.)
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Web Site Features
Don't forget. We
now have a "For Sale"
section on our member's
Forums page. We currently
have four sections under this heading, Wood,
Carving Tools, Completed Projects, and
Carving Related. Others can be added if
there are suggestions or as the
to post what you have for sale. Those that
have registered on our site will obviously get first
crack at the items but they can be added to
the newsletter for wider distribution.
questions about registering on our site or
posting in the Forums please email
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Lighter Side of the Wood