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Central California Woodcarvers

September 2011

Volume 19, Issue 9

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


For September 3rd there were 32 members in attendance. Here's what was discussed.
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Jim Hickey mentioned the unfortunate passing of two members over the last month. Dennis Fairchild and Johnnie Grigsby's son, Johnny Jr.
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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 contest.
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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 problem.
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Bud Sanders is scheduled to be at the Madera Fair. (Sept. 8 - 10) He will be doing sweet potato carving demonstrations.
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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 that day.
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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

CameraWe had eight members that showed off their works to us during Show and Tell at the meeting this month.
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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 finish.
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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.
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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 with Varathane.
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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 Venetian blind.
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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 something similar.
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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.
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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.
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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 details.

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 Non Carving Related. Others can be added if there are suggestions or as the need arises.

Fell free 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.

Any questions about registering on our site or posting in the Forums please email

WebMaster @CCWoodcarvers.com.

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Lighter Side of the Wood


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