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Central California Woodcarvers

January 2011

Volume 20, Issue 1

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


On January 7th we had 30 members attending and discussed the following matters.
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Roy Smith brought in some books and magazines for the library.
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We currently have a record number of total members at 96. We hope most will choose to renew for this year.

Speaking of renewing, it's time to pay the 2012 membership dues. If you haven't already paid them, please see Jack Lloyd to make yourself current. He is usually available at a meeting or carving session. Or you may mail your dues to:

Jack Lloyd
1584 Burl
Clovis, CA 93611

 The dues are $10 for the year.
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Coming up in March is the Home Show. (http://fshows.squarespace.com/home-and-garden-show) The Fresno Home and Garden Show is on March 2, 3, and 4 at the Fresno Fair Grounds. We will need in total about a dozen people to staff the booth for the three days. There will be sign-ups at our next meeting. We also need an item to raffle. If you have something let Jim Hickey know.
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Our ongoing community service project, Canes for Vets, are scheduled to be given out the last week in June. Still need eagle heads to be carved. Volunteers please see Don Lenz.
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Chuck Smith has 15 bundles (of 4) of wood shafts for canes to be turned. We will be inviting the Sequoia Woodturners, (sequoiawoodturners.org), to a future lunch.
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Pictures from December should be uploaded to our web site "soon." Don't forget our Forum on the site, including a section for things you have for sale amongst many other sections.
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Bert Frazier gave out a block of Sugar Pine for the next egg carving. In November he gave out Butternut.

Bert has an open invitation to use his wood burner to burn in the name of the wood in you eggs so you will know what's what when you have a dozen or so eggs.
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Elections are coming up in November. Bud Sanders has been appointed head of the nominating committee and Chuck Smith will be assisting him.
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Show & Tell

 

CameraSeven members brought in their projects for show and tell at the January 7th meeting.
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Clarence Mattos had a few carvings to show. One was a walking stick made from a pine tree. He called it a Ladies Walking Stick as it is lighter weight than most.

Clarence also had a couple of boots. One he finished with a wood stain so you can see the highlights. The other was finished with leather dye and there are no highlights and looks almost like leather.
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Laure, who was in our latest class, showed a horse from the class that she finished.
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Robert, also from the last class, had what started out to be a Model A but he is now making into a semi truck.
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Sunni West also had a few things to show. One was a gourd that she did a little carving on and used some metallic paint in areas to finish.

Sunni brought in a couple of eggs. One was made from a real egg and the other was made from Bondo®.

She tried carving a head out of balsa wood and was amazed at the detail she got.

Her last carving to show was a cat that was made to hang on the edge of a fish bowl.
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Lance Leitch showed a couple of bears he carved separately that he placed together on a base. They were carved from redwood.
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Jim Hickey had a recent project of carving a headboard. He first carved a sample using some African mahogany he had. After he finished carving the roses, he routed away the surrounding surface so the carving would stand out.
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Lloyd Moore showed us a few things. The first was a Blue Bird which is one of three species that live in California and is only in the Valley during the winter. The feet were made from copper wire that was covered in solder and then carved to show definition.

Lloyd also brought in a horse cut out and showed how the same blank could be made into either a stylized Dala Horse or a more realistic looking one. He also took a blank and show the difference between hand carving and power. Spending 15 minutes on each side, one side was done with power tools and the other with a knife.

Lastly, Lloyd showed an alert looking rabbit that was made with power tools and a contour gauge to help with symmetry (amongst other uses).
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