Founded as a
woodcarving class/interest group in 1997 by Malcolm Clark and Art
Tourville, the free classes were hosted by the Kirkland Art Center
(Clinton, NY). Class participation mushroomed to about 10 members, and
in the spring of 1998 a club name was adopted as well as a loose
definition of offices, and club dues. Recently we're at 25+ members,
and enjoying a growth spurt. Most of our members are
from the Oneida county area. Our name is derived from the first canal
in the U.S. which was begun in this county (Rome, NY/Oneida County) and
east and west from there to cover nearly the entire length of New York
We're kind of
loosely organized, so there are no 'official' objectives (yet). In a
it would be: To share the woodcarving knowlege we all have, and have a
time doing it.
meetings are at 7:00pm
on the last Thursday of the month. Meetings are hosted by Fran
Clonan at Wayside Woodworking, on Rt5 in Kirkland, NY. That
location is approx
2min south of the Westmoreland NYS Thruway exit on Rt233.
are held on all other Thursday of the month, same location, 6:30pm.
- We have a club
booth at the
annual Kirkland Art Festival. Members bring .
- This spring we
started a Noahs
Ark project to raffel along with some other contributions. We started
with 12 pairs of animals, but as the project got going some members
up for another pair, and new members came in. The latest count is 16+
Noah and some of his cargo.
- In September we're having our first
- Instead of a meeting last December,
we gather at
Wayside Woodworking for a covered dish dinner. At our 1998 event
Miller surprised us all with carved name tags. Each was individualized