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Central California Woodcarvers

November 2011

Volume 19, Issue 11

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


For November 5th there were 21 members in attendance and 13 in the carving class. Here's what was discussed.
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Jim announced the winners of the contests out at the Fair. In the Novice Division, carving an egg were:
(from left to right)
1st Place   Butch Conch
2nd Place   Mary George
3rd Place   Dick Nelson

For the Experienced Division, carving a hound dog were:
(from left to right)
1st Place   Clarence Mattos
2nd Place   Wally Imfeld
3rd Place   Lola Nelson

Congratulations!!
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The raffle at the Fair took in $500+. There was still one day's total that had not yet been turned in. So far the biggest day intake was on the 15th were we sold $79 in tickets.

Two prizes seemed to work out well because most people decided to get an additional ticket to put one into each raffle.
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Glenn Rasmussen is missing a few carvings that he had on display at the Fair. Please look to see if you happen to have some carvings that got mixed up with your own that don't belong to you. If you find any please bring them to a meeting. Thank you.
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We've won another People's Choice Award at the Fair this year. That makes three years in a row now.
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The Fair will be adding a Professional Woodcarving category to the Home Arts entries that will be available starting next year. They will divide it into under 12" and over 12" divisions.
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The congestion we experienced for parking during the carving contest was due to a great extent from the National Guard having maneuvers and using the lot for the weekend. Along with the tole painters having an event right before our contest, parking was a bear. The Fair organizers are looking into remedying this, as much as possible, for the future.
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Lloyd Moore has gotten a permanent display for the club at the Clovis Library starting in January. On April 16th they are also wanting a booth in the Library for carving demonstrations. Lloyd and Jim will sit at the booth and others may be able to also participate. More is to be determined later.
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Gorilla Glue has sent us some samples and literature. They have a contest that closes on Dec. 31st. See Jim Hickey for more details.
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Our next meeting (December 3rd) will be our Christmas Party. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving about 11:30 for pictures and "list checking." Bring your camera and be on your best behavior. The last time the big guy was here someone got a bag of coal.
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Show & Tell

CameraWe had six members that showed off their works to us during Show and Tell at the meeting this month.
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Clarence Mattos showed a good way to prepare and carve a shoe. From rough out to final cuts and gluing. He had two examples of carved shoes and mentioned that he likes carving shoes out of redwood.

Clarence also showed a group of carved golf ball wine stoppers. He's sold about 20 of them at the coast for about $5 a piece. They seem to prefer the smiley faced ones.
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Chuck Wilkinson had a love spoon that he carved for one of his granddaughter's newly wed husband. He has carved one for each of his grandkids. This spoon tells a story of their new life together, from their shared faith in Christ to their shared vocations in medicine and several important elements in between. It's a very intricate carving full of symbolism that the couple is sure to hold dear.
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Lloyd Moore brought in the last fish that he had carved from his series of fresh water game fish, a brook trout. This was displayed nicely looking as though it was swimming past a dead branch in a stream.

Lloyd also had a squirrel eating an acorn that he finished without using sandpaper.
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David Rupley finished a mouse carved out of basswood. For it's eyes, he painted them and then used clear fingernail polish over the top to give them a nice wet look.
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Jim Hickey had carved what he called his "TEA Party candidate" in an attempt to practice for the carving contest. He colored it using pastel colored pencils and finished it off with a clear matte coat.
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Ron Harbour carved a patriotic eagle plaque out of sugar pine. During the process of carving Dennis Fairchild had helped Ron with fine tuning the look of the beak and some of the finish painting was done by Mitch Freeman.
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Lighter Side of the Wood


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