For October 1st there were 24 members
in attendance. Here's what was discussed.
Jim Hickey read a book on woodcarving
fuming. This deals with sealing the carving with
ammonia fumes. This works better with woods that
have a more pronounced grain pattern.
An update was given for the parking
at the Fair and the contest date and time. Oct. 8
from 2:30 to 5:00. Also, we will have TWO items to
raffle off and business card sized handouts for
those interested in the carving class or the club in
The Woodshed, run by Al Dogey, was
mentioned and recommended for all types of woods.
Their web site is,
http://www.cloviswood.com. They're located at 850 Lincoln
in Clovis, that near Clovis Ave. and Barstow. (559) 298-9663.
The store hours are Mon. thru Fri.: 9am – 5pm, and
Sat.: 9am – 2pm
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Show & Tell
had four members that showed off their works to us
during Show and Tell at the meeting this month.
Donnie Cathey 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
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
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's -- For
We've had our first use
of the "For Sale"
section on our member's
Forums page. If you missed it,
Glory Jampetero posted under the section
Wood, "Oak for sale/trade/free" on October 18th.
I have 2 large oak trees down. 1 fell over
last year, 1 fell over in August 2011. You
are welcome to come cut your own, or I can
have someone cut limbs off if you want to
pay for their time and effort. Trunk
diameter about 3 feet on each tree. One is a
See me on Saturdays or call (559) 338 2541.
that saw it online haven't already picked up
all the wood, I'm sure Glory would like you
to give her a call.
If you're a member and would like to see
these posts before they show up in the
newsletter, be sure to register on our site
questions about registering on our site or
posting in the Forums please email
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A Word of Warning
Just a friendly
reminder for many of you that comes from the
voice of recent experience.
SAVE YOUR WORK!
I'm not talking about your carvings.
Although I hear that it's not a bad idea to
do that also. I'm talking about your
electronic work. As in, oh I don't know . . .
say you where typing up a newsletter
or some such. It might be an idea to stop
from time to time and think about hitting that save button.
As infrequent as it would be to lose it
from the program freezing. (That never
happens.) So that you'd have to write the
twice., no make
that THREE times now. (Don't ask!)
So save your work. Because losing it all,
can make cutting a finger seem like pleasant
endeavor. At least until the next time you
cut yourself anyway.
From someone who knows.
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