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Central California Woodcarvers

June 2012

Volume 19, Issue 6

In this issue

Club News

From the Meeting Minutes

On June 2nd we had 27 members at the meeting which started with a talk from Diane Garner about the Fresno Wildlife Rescue and 4 of her birds that she cares for.

The meeting was shortened because of the bird talk. There was no raffle and the bylaw revision vote was postponed until the July meeting. For anyone that would like to have an advanced look at the proposed changes to the bylaws, the current and proposed version can be viewed on our web site on the Club Documents page. Or directly, the current version is here. The Proposed version is here.

A Cholula Hot Sauce competition was announced for sometime around November further details will be coming. To whet your appetite check out the Woodcarvers Illustrated article from 2010.

We received a nice unsolicited offer from Chipping Away Inc., ( For putting a link on our web site they gave us a $25 gift certificate that we can use for a contest like the one just mentioned above. In addition, they offer that all members of our club will get a 10% discount on purchases totaling over $50 on MOST (over 90%) of their products simply by filling out "Central California Woodcarvers" on your order form. They also suggested that a couple of members could put their orders together as one to reach the $50. The items that do not qualify for the discount are clearly marked on the website. (e.g., Foredom 5240 SR Kit, AutoMach)

Bert handed out blocks of Alder for making eggs.

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A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers.

A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing.

A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.

Used for lowering a vehicle to the ground after you have installed new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.

Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

A tool used to make hoses too short.

Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. It is especially valuable at being able to find the EXACT location of the thumb or index finger of the other hand.

Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing your hand wide open when you do something stupid.

(A personal favorite!) Any handy tool that, because of frustration or pain, you grab and throw across the garage while yelling "Son of a . . . !" at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Hope you found this informative.


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Show & Tell

CameraTen members brought in something to share with us during Show and Tell at the June 2nd meeting.

Lola Nelson has donated another of her carvings for the raffle at the Fair. This one is a deer jumping over a wooden fence. It's made of basswood with model railroad scenery used for the ground texture on the base. She had an additional piece  she showed with two deer jumping over a stone fence on a redwood base.

Dick Nelson chip carved a very nice circular plaque with a dove over a cross that he brought in.

Tom Sanders, using Lola's deer as an example, caved a standing version of his own. Also out of basswood, the antlers are made with epoxy over wire. He burned the carving and used oil paint for the finish.

Chuck Wilkinson had won a good sized piece of drift wood at one of our raffles. Deciding to make a habitat of sorts, he added various carved creatures hiding within and perched on top and calls it "The Meeting Place."

Lance Leitch brought in a couple of carvings. One was a green man that he started in a class he took. Made from Tyrolean pine, Lance used only chisels to carve this - no knives. He also had some chip carving practice sticks that he showed.

Roy Smith is working on a carousel horse out of Poplar wood. He's leaving it in two pieces, to carve more easily around some areas that would be hard to get to otherwise, before gluing together and finishing the rest. The pole for the horse was made a bit more fanciful by Roy by using a drill motor and a file to etch a nice spiral into it.

Chuck Smith had a little "magic top" he brought in. This was one of the many toys one of Chuck's other clubs has made to distribute to various organizations.

He also had a bowl he turned out of green Eucalyptus wood. It was from the crotch of a tree and green (only 5 days old) when he turned it. It was round when he finished it but has changed shape considerably since it has dried.

Charles Franklin had a couple of reliefs that he did. He creatively used chips from what was removed to produce some of the leaves and other texture on the carving.

Lloyd Moore had made the bust of Sitting Bull out of Plasticine with the intention of using it as a model for a carved wooden version later. Lloyd brought in a cast from his Plasticine version that Wally Imfeld made out of epoxy resign and painted a bronze color.

Donnie Cathey showed his elf shelf sitter. Because usual views of a shelf sitter are not of the carving's "best side" Donnie decided to also carve a elf sized wall to enhance the carving.

In addition he had a couple of knives. The handles he carved out of Avocado wood.

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