For August 6th there were 25 members in
attendance. Here's what was discussed.
Jim Hickey and Bert Frazier were able
to view the Carrousels at Fresno State. They are on
display until August 27th, (shortened by
a few days from the original schedule). With over 40
horses (or other animals) in the exhibit it is the
largest outside of the Smithsonian.
Call ahead to get a guided tour
or stroll about the Henry Madden Library by yourself.
Either way it's an amazing trip. Parking is $3 or currently
free after 2:00pm. Read more at the Fresno State
News web site,
As promised last month, we now have a sign-up sheet for the
Fresno Fair's carving contest and booth duty.
Remember that the Fair's new rules needs to have the
list of contestants turned in on September 10. Don't
wait until the last minute to sign up for the
contest. Now you'd think that that you have a
to sign up for the booth duty, but that goes pretty
fast itself. So don't wait for that either.
Our booth at the Fair will be in a
new location this year. As you enter the Home Arts
building through the main doors it will be to the right of center. We will
have the same five cabinets as last year.
The Fair is going to be more restrictive this
year about who they let in for free. So if you plan on
bringing someone with you, you'll need to sign-in
their name also.
For the carving contest Jack Lloyd
will be coming up with the prototype and so far Lloyd Moore will be
judging. Like last year there will be two
categories, Novice and Advanced.
We'd like to see everyone
enter something into the Home Arts Department if
they are able. The entries are due by September. 10
with the dropping off of the item by September 16. We have direct links to the Fair's
Home page along with the page for Competitive Exhibits
Links & Documents page.
Get your carvings ready for display.
Those five cabinets have room for everyone
that would like to show their stuff. And unlike the
submissions for Competitive Exhibits these don't
have to have been completed within the last year.
For the raffle that we'll hold during
the Fair, Lola Nelson donated a wonderful carving of
a Kestrel. (Apparently "someone" forgot to snap a
picture of it for this newsletter.)
Greg Essman had been asked
about a display for the Orange Cove Library to be
time after the Fresno Fair. When brought up at the meeting
a few members raised the issue that the Orange Cove
Library has had numerous items stolen from it as of
late. (1/3 of its books, various games, etc.) So, it
was decided that it might be best to not participate
with them at this time.
The topic was brought up that the
California Carving Guild, (of which we are Chapter
#23), had discussed the idea of charging its Chapters a
flat fee that would automatically have all
Chapter members also be Guild members. The idea has
been raised to the Guild's Board by our own
representative, Bert Frazier.
Currently, our Chapter (along with
most of the other Chapters across California) to not
require Guild membership to belong to a Chapter as
an ordinary member,
although it is encouraged, with Guild membership
covered by individual Chapters for their respective Officers. All other
Guild memberships are covered by the individual
A lengthy debate ensued with some
asking what our By Laws, and those of the Guild, stated. Our By Laws, now along with the
Guild's, are on our web site at,
(This page is
available only to club members. If you haven't
registered on the web site yet simply follow the
instructions and as a club member you will be
An important note on this debate
is that nothing has been finalized by the Guild on any
of these matters yet. In
fact, the Guild's Board hasn't done much more that
raise the suggestion without much discussion and
with no hard numbers mentioned.
From the Guild's Newsletter, The
Log, "Bert Frazier suggested that instead of
individual dues, each chapter would pay a certain
amount each year to cover all chapter members’ CCG
dues. The amount would vary based on the size of the
chapter. Lynn noted that the Guild is currently
based on individual members submitting their dues.
This is an ongoing discussion."
Eventually it was decided to table
our discussion on this issue.
Don Lenz reported that the recent Eagle Cane
presentation went so well that we are already up to
49 requests for canes. That's up 20 from just last
With another outstanding raffle table
consisting of quite a bit of interesting items, $87
was taken in.
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Show & Tell
members showed off their works to us during Show
and Tell at the meeting.
Lloyd Moore had a caricature horse of
his own design that he carved
out of butternut. It took him a
couple of hours to carve this one. Over time he has carved
a whole herd of these types of horses that he's
given away to friends.
He also brought in a couple of his
walking staffs, showing the differences between the
Lance Leitch had completed some very nice wood burnings. He had them sitting
around for a while and decided to get them done. One
of a duck, the other of an eagle. He used a
semi-gloss finish on them.
Donnie Cathey showed an expressive bear cane that he
was a basswood kit that he got from Tennessee. He
used a poplar shaft and added an abalone insert into
the handle as a personal touch.
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Lighter Side of the Wood