On September 1st there were 25 members at the meeting with the
The sign-up sheet for our booth at
the Fresno Fair was started around. The raffle
prizes for this year's Fair was shown. One of Lola
Nelson's Deer carvings and an Eagle Head Cane which
was being finished by Jim Hickey.
will have a lot more space this year due to others
had booths in the past not being there
this year. Just some of those not taking spaces are
Pop Laval, the Fine Woodworkers,
and the Home Arts
As a result we will need a lot more carvings on
display to fill the space. Anyone in the club,
regardless of which county you reside in, is invited
to bring their carvings in.
PLEASE NOTE: Despite the
letter some of us received from The Fair, about
dropping off your tools and parking at a remote
location and shuttling to an entrance, parking will be the same as previous
years. And the contest will be at 2:30 right after
the October meeting.
Again this month we're reminding you
about the Cholula Hot Sauce competition in November.
A 2" X 3" block will be handed out which you will
bring back in December for judging. Don't forget to
check out the Woodcarvers Illustrated article from
2010 if you haven't already.
This will be judged at our December Party.
In January, Bud Sanders will be
giving a class on carving sweet potatoes.
Bert passed out Basswood this
month for egg carving. Remember that we're shooting for April for
the egg contest with the last wood variety handed
out sometime at the end of the year.
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Show & Tell
members brought in something to share with us during Show
and Tell. But first a correction to last month's
newsletter. It was reported that Don Cathey had
showed a carved ram. It was actually Tom Summerville
that carved and showed it. Sorry for any confusion.
Summerville had a Mohawk
Indian bust that he carved out of basswood. He used
acrylic paint for some of the accents. Tom also had
an Elk made from basswood with walnut antlers.
Lance Leitch showed a bark carving of an
Indian head. He sprayed it with a satin finish and
noted that a bottle of glue was part of the process.
Bert Frazier brought in a
do-nothing he carved. He pointed out that it's a
good project for those that can't carve faces. For
this one Bert used butternut and finished it with
Lola Nelson had a mountain man
and an Indian woman. The mountain man was carved out
of basswood and painted with oil paints. The Indian
woman was carved out of butternut and Lola burned in
the hair, fringe, and design on the jug. She
finished the piece with Deft semi-gloss.
Ron Harbour brought back his work from last month,
his eagle, to show us his
continuing progress. All it has left is a star and
final painting and he'll be sending it to his
daughter in North Carolina when complete.
Chuck Smith had seen a small
table that his daughter-in-law's father had made
that he wanted to replicate. After taking rubbings
and pictures he built one, with some added
embellishments of his own, out of butternut.
Roy Smith was inspired by Ron
Harbour's eagle plaque. Doing some research, Roy
found that they are called "Bellamy Eagles"
John Haley Bellamy that is known for these highly stylized carved wooden eagles
and he could carve one out in a couple of hours.
Roy also brought in a book
about how to carve Bellamy Eagles. The completed eagle was made out of two pieces of
basswood which he finished with an amber shellac
that he scoured and antiqued to give it an older
Dick Nelson turned some candle
holders out of pear wood that he showed. One with a
walnut base with bamboo laminated around it. Dick
also had a small jewelry box made from purple heart
wood. He noted that it is a very hard wood.
completed his mocking bird. He mounted the bird on a
piece of trash wood that he covered with grass.
Johnnie Grigsby brought in a cane stand he
made that holds his canes at home. The stand can
hold up to 9 canes although Johnnie has about 12 or
13 canes at home.
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Lighter Side of the Wood
Hundreds of years from now, it will not matter what
my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove . . . But the world may
be different because I did something so
bafflingly crazy that my ruins become a tourist
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