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Central California Woodcarvers

November 2012

Volume 19, Issue 11

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes
News


On November 3rd there were 23 members at the meeting with the following discussed.
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Jim Hickey started off the meeting by pointing out who won the carving contest at the Fair. Unfortunately, the out going Secretary did not find this information invigorating enough to include in his last set of minutes so as a result can't possibly be reported here.

The FULL listing of the contest winners was in the last newsletter which can be found on our web site.
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The numbers from the Fair were in. The raffle netted just under what last year's raffle. $500 last year as compared to $489 this year. The most popular item by a 2 to 1 margin was the cane.

Only 3 people put their carvings in our cases this year. Next year we would like to see more of our members represented if we could.
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An update on the Canes for Veterans project was given. The Sequoia Woodturners, wanting the project to continue, asked Jim if it would help to have some of the Vets come talk to the group to convince us. Jim didn't feel it would be necessary and has promised to keep it going. With an adequate number of members pledging to carve one or more heads we should be able to meet the commitment. Bert has started it off by pledging to carve 10 for the next presentation. Let Jim know how many you will commit to.
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December 1st is our annual Christmas party. There won't be the usual business type meeting for that Saturday. Instead from 10:00 to 12:00 will be more like the rest of the month's Saturdays and then at 12:00 Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive for checking lists and taking pictures. Bring your kids, grandkids, or whomever you'd like to have a picture with Santa taken. And then at 12:30 we'll have lunch together.
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Jim Hickey was contacted by a woman that has 40-50 year-old redwood that she would like to sell. See Jim for more information.
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Jim also had some requests for some carving work. The first was for a chess piece, (a King), to replace one from an existing set. It was carved from Mora, a dark brown wood from Ecuador. They would supply the wood. [However, since the meeting the person requesting this has found someone for the job.]

The next request was for carving a reverse mold for making cookies. See Dean Stroud for more information. Dean also mentioned another project, someone that wants a Bobcat carving. Again see Dean if you're interested.

Lastly, a Scout Troup is in need of a carved eagle plaque as a replacement for the one they used to have. It's a fairly large project. See Ron Harbour for more information about this one.
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The Cholula Hot Sauce competition blocks were handed out at the meeting. If you missed it talk to Jim or Bert about getting one. Also, if you mess up the one you have just ask for another one. The Judging for these will be after the Christmas party on December 1st. Prizes for first, second, and third places.
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Reminder: In January, Bud Sanders will be giving a class on carving sweet potatoes.
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Bert passed out the last selection for the egg carving. It was actually a choice of one of three types of wood. Jelutong, Myrtlewood, and Buckeye. We're still shooting for April for the egg contest with prizes still to be determined. So here's the complete list of woods.

Butternut
Sugar Pine
Chinaberry
Mahogany
Redwood
Alder
Ash
Blonde Mahogany
Basswood
Black Walnut
And one of either:
Jelutong
Myrtlewood
Buckeye

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The last order of business was election of officers. After a last minute drop out, there were no actual contests to be decided. The only change came for the position of Secretary. Barry Walzberg has stepped down and our new Secretary is now Gary Mumper. Congratulations Gary!
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Show & Tell

CameraSeven members brought in something to share with us during Show and Tell.
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Glenn Rasmussen brought in his stylized buffalo that he received an honorable mention for at the Fair.
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Ton Summerville had a moose on a mahogany base. The moose is out of basswood with the antlers glued on. For the finish he burned and oiled it.
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Lance Leitch showed some Santa faces and assorted other carvings that were either pins or magnets. All were made from basswood with acrylic paints. Some of what he showed will be sent to relatives back east.
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Wally Imfeld had his blue ribbon winning hawk with prey carving. He is currently working on another one. In addition he had a turtle he carved for someone that worked at the Fair. He's doing this in trade so he can keep his amateur status for his Fair entries in the future.
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Roy Smith has been working on a Nativity set and had his latest additions, a camel and two sheep. Made from basswood Roy used acrylic paints and antiqued them with a gel stain. He is using the patterns from Shawn Cipa's book Woodcarving The Nativity in the Folk Art Style.
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Lloyd Moore brought in a couple of his walk accoutrements.  A cane with his "bald" eagle and a staff with a large eagle head.
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Dick Nelson turned some items. A bowl that he turned with fairly green redwood. Also a delicate cup, a small bowl, and a thin goblet.
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Lighter Side of the Wood


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