On February 4th we had 30 members
attending and the following matters were brought up.
Dues are due! If you don't get them
in by March 1st you will sadly be
dropped. Please contact Jack Lloyd to make yourself
current. He is usually available at a meeting
or carving session. Or you may mail your dues to:
Clovis, CA 93611
The dues are $10 for
The March Home Show has not contacted us about our
usual free booth. They did offer for us to buy one.
We have never gotten a single member from these
shows so there is no reason at this time to pay for
a booth. So be aware that unfortunately we will NOT
have a presence at the Fresno Home and Garden Show
Our elections committee head, Bud Sanders,
is continuing his search for candidates. He stated
that he found four volunteers for president but
can't remember who they are. (The search continues.
Don Lenz needs to recut the blanks of
the eagle heads for the Vet Canes. They turned out
to have the grain running the wrong way. Don plans
on having the heads at the next meeting (March 3rd)
and is still looking for more volunteers to carve
Bert Frazier continued giving out blocks of wood for egg carving. This
time it was chinaberry wood from none other than
Bert's own chinaberry tree. (Frankly, I would have
been worried if he got the chinaberry wood from his
For those keeping track - in November
Bert gave out Butternut
and in January it was sugar pine.
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Show & Tell
members brought in their projects for show and tell
at the February 4th meeting.
showed more than a few carvings. He started with his
second attempt at a carved knot and a hollow spiral piece.
He said the spiral was a lot of work.
The other pieces were practice faces done in
remembrance of Dennis Fairchild. Dennis had often
said that to do something well you need to do it
1,000 times. (Lance is on his way to 1,000. Just
900-some-odd more to go.)
showed one of his Santa Claus carvings. He's done
about a dozen for his family and this is the only
one left, or is at least allowed access to. This was
one he gave to his wife. He brought in pictures of
the others he did. They were carved from scrap
pieces of wood and used Bud Sander's directions for
making the faces.
had made an assortment of golf ball wine
stoppers and brought a number of them in. To make it
easier to cut and drill the balls, Clarence made a
jig to hold the ball securely and at the proper
depth and/or angle. After cutting the ball on the
band saw, he repositions it in the jig and uses a
forstner bit to create a shallow hole for the cork.
With a dowel and some gorilla glue the cork is in
perfect position and will hold fast.
Clarence also showed us a cane he
made. Because the head of it didn't quite fit
perfectly, he used QuikWood® to make a
ring around the joint to hide it and leather dye to
match the wood.
brought in a couple of her rare miniature pieces, a
bear and a mallard. Both are made from bass wood and
although she usually uses oil paint on her bigger
pieces, these are finished with acrylic.
showed some of his lathe work he did on his
Shopsmith, a couple of goblets and a candle holder.
In addition, Dick had a work in progress. He had a
piece, that is a bear in a forest-like setting carved
from a tree round. An original was given to him by a
friend and he is in the process of replicating it. Lola
has carved the bear and Dick is carving the
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Hickey and Lloyd Moore demonstrated a number of
power tools that can be used for carving. An
important reminder is that respirators or masks
and/or dust collection systems should always be used
when power carving. Which one can depend on which
tool is used.
Jim started by covering the
plunge router, which he uses for removing the
majority of the background in a relief carving, and
palm router for smaller spaces. Also for
removing excess wood, Jim uses either a
or quite often an
angle grinder. Much of the rough removal of wood
he does outside which also reduces or eliminates the
Once the rough work is done, Jim moves inside for
the finer carving. He recommends a good vice that
allows the piece to be securely clamped and held at
any angle. The finer work can be done with a
Dremel® or similar type tool, like
Marathon. (Using TWO hands for safety!) The
Gesswein has a nice quick release for changing bits
but is more expensive than the Dremel.
For super fine detail a
works well but is expensive and only good for very small
details. It's like a dental tool and works off of
Lloyd recommended not to go too cheap
when you buy your power tools. It will pay off in
the long run. A good
flexible shaft setup will serve
you well. What ever you get make sure you know what
sized shaft your bits need to be for your tool.
The bits that work the best are the
Typhoon carbide bits or the
Kutzall bits. Also you can use sandpaper head
type bits for finishing and sculpting or a
Scotch-Brite type head for smoothing or creating a
desired roughened finish look.
The last piece that was discussed was
wood burner. Which can be used for feathering,
scaling, or other kinds of finishing or even burning
in your name/date onto the carving..
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