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Central California Woodcarvers

April 2012

Volume 20, Issue 4

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


On April 7th we had 20 members at the meeting
with the following discussed.
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Chuck Smith brought in some cane shafts that the Sequoia Woodturners have completed. They have completed 93 shafts so far with at least eight more to be done soon. (We need a tad more heads carved to match that number.) Chuck mentioned that they have a turner that is 97 and we will match his shafts with Johnnie's carvings. The Woodturners have also requested to be a part of the presentation event.
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We will some changes at the Big Fresno Fair this year. There is a new person in charge of Home Arts now. She wants to go by the book for her first year at least. This may mean some minor differences in how things are handled but shouldn't changes things substantially.

We will have the same amount of cases, for our own display, as last year. Glory will be in charge of tracking anything that is brought in for display and will have name tags to identify the carver of the items.

We encourage everyone to enter something into the Fair. To enter, the details can be found at the Fair's web site, fresnofair.com/competitive-exhibits. That link can always be found on our Links page ccwoodcarvers.com/apps/links.  Jim will also bring in some forms. In addition, we'd want to encourage everyone to enter the carving contest too..
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Next month's meeting (5/5) Tye Putman will be demonstrating bowl turning.
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A bit of deja vue, but Burt gave out some redwood blocks for egg carving this month. This time it should actually be redwood. The running tally of what has  previously been given out is, butternut, chinaberry, sugar pine, and (the ever rare) mahogany redwood. Our collections are starting to come along. Thanks Bert.
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Show & Tell

 

CameraSix members brought in their projects for show and tell at the April 7th meeting.
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Jim Hickey brought in our ongoing project The Olivette. He has completed painting the one side. The other side will be left bare to show how it was constructed. We would like to see this done for display at the Fair, but it's uncertain at this time if that will be the case.

One of the items that club members can help participate with will be a "nautical" themed support for the ship to rest on when completed. If any one has any ideas for the design please talk to Barry Walzberg.
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Barry Walzberg showed a couple of comfort birds he carved. Getting the idea from a fairly recent Woodcarving Illustrated article, Barry was inspired by a friend that has just started cancer treatments who had given him some wood he had on hand. Among what Barry received was some myrtlewood and he thought it would be nice to carve a couple of birds out of it for his friend and his wife.

Barry finished both simply with paste wax, although to one of them he first applied some linseed oil before the wax.
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Roy Smith had a mahogany bowl that his mother had gotten back in the 50's from Haiti. Turning it over, the bottom made a starting point for a green man type carving. But because old wood gets hard with age, Roy went with a stylized sun look instead.
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Johnnie Grigsby showed us a table that he was inspired to make. The original was one that had a broken leg and another small part with carving on it. Although at the time he had never used a lathe before, Johnnie copied a new leg and was able to recreate the carved piece too.

After fixing that table he then made an entire copy of it for himself.
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Lloyd Moore brought in a Loggerhead Shrike that he had carved. Although this bird looks like a regular song bird at first glance, the actual bird is a meat eater. They are unusual though, in that it impales its prey on thorns or barbed wire before eating it. Because of this, they are sometimes called the Butcher Bird .
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Clarence Mattos showed a collection of cowboy boots that he's carved. He has made the various sizes into key rings, zipper pulls, and earrings with great success.
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Chuck Wilkinson
 

Our own Chuck Wilkinson was featured in a Senior Living article in the Fresno Bee on April 11th. For a larger (more readable) image of the of the copied article, please click on the picture below.

Very nice Chuck!

Chuck's article
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Happy Birthday

On April 14th we had a barbeque and celebrated Johnnie Grigsby's 97th birthday. Congratulations Johnnie!



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Lighter Side of the Wood

 

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