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Central California Woodcarvers

October 2011

Volume 19, Issue 10

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes

For October 1st there were 24 members in attendance. Here's what was discussed.

Jim Hickey read a book on woodcarving fuming. This deals with sealing the carving with ammonia fumes. This works better with woods that have a more pronounced grain pattern.

An update was given for the parking at the Fair and the contest date and time. Oct. 8 from 2:30 to 5:00. Also, we will have TWO items to raffle off and business card sized handouts for those interested in the carving class or the club in general.

The Woodshed, run by Al Dogey, was mentioned and recommended for all types of woods. Their web site is, They're located at 850 Lincoln in Clovis, that near Clovis Ave. and Barstow. (559) 298-9663. The store hours are Mon. thru Fri.: 9am – 5pm, and Sat.: 9am – 2pm 

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Show & Tell

CameraWe had four members that showed off their works to us during Show and Tell at the meeting this month.

Donnie Cathey showed us a fishing bear, sitting on a chest, out on a pier complete with a fish on the line. The chest the bear is sitting on opens to reveal a secret spot for stashing all your "bear-fishing paraphernalia." David also carved a boot and a classic rabbit on a stand. Each was carved from basswood with acrylic paint used to finish.

Clarence Matos finished a couple of birds. A quail and a starling. Both out of basswood, he burned the feathers in and then painted them. The quail's top knot was cut out of a piece of aluminum Venetian blind.

Lloyd Moore had a walking staff with a sitting boy scout looking through binoculars on top. The large "rock" the scout is sitting on serves to protect the carving if it's dropped.

Jim Hickey showed us his almost completed Fine Arts entry for the Fair. The relief is of clipper ships running from a storm. The foreground ship being none other than the Cutty Sark. Jim put in some great detail, with four or five men carved on the Cutty Sark. He also claimed two more on a background ship and maybe a couple on shore, however Jim was the only one that could actually see those details.

The project is a two and a half feet tall and four feet long piece of Honduras mahogany with a few worm holes that give it character. It was a left over scrap from a paid project he did about 15 years ago. Jim used power tools to get it mostly to the point it was in and is using hand tools for the detail work. He plans on finishing it with a heated 50/50 mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. Jim also plans on stabilizing the piece from cupping by routing out some sections on the back. (Hopefully not TOO deep.)

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Web Site's -- For Sale Post

We've had our first use of the "For Sale" section on our member's Forums page. If you missed it, Glory Jampetero posted under the section Wood, "Oak for sale/trade/free" on October 18th.

I have 2 large oak trees down. 1 fell over last year, 1 fell over in August 2011. You are welcome to come cut your own, or I can have someone cut limbs off if you want to pay for their time and effort. Trunk diameter about 3 feet on each tree. One is a water oak.

See me on Saturdays or call (559) 338 2541.

If those that saw it online haven't already picked up all the wood, I'm sure Glory would like you to give her a call.

If you're a member and would like to see these posts before they show up in the newsletter, be sure to register on our site ( Any questions about registering on our site or posting in the Forums please email


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A Word of Warning

Just a friendly reminder for many of you that comes from the voice of recent experience.


I'm not talking about your carvings. Although I hear that it's not a bad idea to do that also. I'm talking about your electronic work. As in, oh I don't know . . . say you where typing  up a newsletter or some such. It might be an idea to stop from time to time and think about hitting that save button. As infrequent as it would be to lose it from the program freezing. (That never happens.) So that you'd have to write the whole thing twice., no make that THREE times now. (Don't ask!)

So save your work. Because losing it all, can make cutting a finger seem like pleasant endeavor. At least until the next time you cut yourself anyway.

From someone who knows.

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