On January 7th we had 30 members
attending and discussed the following matters.
Roy Smith brought in some books and magazines for
We currently have a record number of total members
at 96. We hope most will choose to renew for this
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:
Clovis, CA 93611
The dues are $10 for
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.
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.
Chuck Smith has 15 bundles (of 4) of wood shafts for
canes to be turned. We will be inviting the Sequoia
to a future lunch.
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.
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.
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
members brought in their projects for show and tell
at the January 7th meeting.
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
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
was in our latest class, showed a horse from the
class that she finished.
also from the last class, had what started out to be
a Model A but he is now making into a semi truck.
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
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.
showed a couple of bears he carved separately that
he placed together on a base. They were carved from
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
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
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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Lighter Side of the Wood
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