Mohawk Valley Art & Woodcarving Association
October 1999 Newsletter
President Carl Borst called the October meeting of the Mohawk
Valley Art and
Woodcarving Association to order at the Inman Center with 41 members
guests present. Welcome to Lou Benaquisto who stopped by to
check the group out.
Lou might want to come back for a couple visits. The group seemed
‘on good behavior’
this month. You really can’t make a fair judgment on that!
Carl suggested skipping over the September minutes since, if you read
you got all the essentials (and some things you could probably do without).
Treasurer, Don Painter reported a balance of $5781.79 after receipts
A fine performance by Don considering who he took the job over from.
disconcerting though, when Marcus’ voice comes from behind you, as
it did later in the
meeting. Sheesh Marcus, at least sit in the front row for a few
meetings and break me in
Yours truly got kudos from show co-chairman George Hallenbeck
Newsletter well done. I also got several nice compliments from
folks during our
meeting. I really appreciate all the encouragement, but you folks
need to raise your
literary standards just a tad :-). George deserves compliments
for his Thursday
contributions which, thanks to John Raucci, got into the web
version of these minutes
last month (and this month). You know,
if anyone has any items they’d like in the newsletter ( patterns, tips,
poems, NEWS items) just drop them off with me at the meeting. If
you want to read this a little earlier than the hardcopy, and you web surf,
http://www.borg.com/~bloomqum. Just follow the ‘Clubs’
George reported on the show progress. He says dinner reservation
for the May 6, 2000
Show banquet have been made at the Northway Inn, Colonie. The
buffet will include
several entrees and side dishes. The cost is $15.00 per
person and includes tax and
gratuity. Fred Jenzer reported that raffle tickets and
posters have been printed for the
show and are available. Location, banquet, tickets, posters, workshop,
famous-guest-carver, vendors... that about wraps up the major points
for our show. Man,
you guys make it look easy (so did Joe Rusik and Ron Redman),
but we know better.
Speaking of famous-guest-carvers, Dick Moran sends this along
Dave Sabol Workshop-
Wednesday, May 3- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday,
May 4- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Friday, May 5 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Place: The Inman Center, Amsterdam, NY
Cost: $100 - a $25 non-refundable deposit due
no later than November 2nd, 1999;
-balance due no later than April 30th, 2000.
Nonrefundable deposit-unless entire workshop
10-12 participants (maximum 14) accepted on
a first-come - first served basis with MVAWA members receiving a preference
up to the deposit deadline; applicants beyond 14 will be put on a waiting
list in the event of cancellations by individuals.
Participants will select from among two projects:
1. A caricature - probably a classic Santa
like the one on the cover of the first issue of WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED.
2. A bird - either a Wren or a Downy Woodpecker.
Unless a majority of the tentative participants would prefer the second
choice to be a carved flower as seen in several issues of WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED...
instead of a bird.
David will provide the first "cut out" for
each student. Carving blanks will be wet or "green" white pine that will
be carved with hand tools only - no power tools or sandpaper. The
class covers sharpening techniques, individual carving instruction and
a painting demonstration.
It’s stretching the woodcarving discretionary funds a bit, but I’m signing
up for THIS
one. It hurt to miss Pete Ortel’s gig last year, but this
workshop had enough lead time
that I was able to put in an advanced request with Santa. Both
David and Pete have been
on the Woodcarver’s E-list as being super instructors. Harold
Kaltenbach and I are
going to hitch-hike down Route 5 if we have to!
Ron Myers, Nativity co-chairman, asked for and found 2 willing
carvers for the 2
remaining figures for the Nativity Scene. If anyone missed it
and still wanted to do a
piece, something could be arranged. Ron said something about
a fourth wiseman?
Acting in Andy Ebli's absence, Marcus Kruger made a motion
to reimburse Andy for
cards and postage used since he became Hearts and Flowers chairman.
approval was given. Hey, that was a ‘no-brainer’ (which explains
why my hand was up
at the right time for a change!).
Program Chairman, Dick Moran has scheduled programs as follows:
Slides by George Hallenbeck
Dick would appreciate suggestions for programs or volunteers to present
March 2000 - Carving canes
and walking sticks by George
Terwilleger and Carol Ayers.
Basics of European Woodcarving and Beyond Basics of European Woodcarving
been added to the video library. Let Dick know, prior to the meetings,
if you want a title
so he can have them available for rental. The total collection
is not as portable as it used
Prices for patches and decals from a second source were obtained by
Ayers made a motion (without knife-in-hand) to order 150 patches
at a cost of $3.50 per
patch. After a second, the motion was carried unanimously.
Well, almost unanimously
Martha, there was that one ‘Nay!’. Our veteran ‘naysayer’ was
back! Ahhhh, tradition.
The decals were shelved for consideration at another time.
Sr. Mary Ellen, reporting on publicity, said that Eddie Prevost
has sent notices for the
November 15th Show and will have a photographer visit the Thursday
So far, eighteen tables have been reserved for the November 15th Woodcarving
the Inman Center. It’s not too late to get into this! To
reserve a table, contact John
Raucci, Pieter Paulding or Carl Borst. It was
suggested that anyone not up to filling an
entire table could pair up with another carver. A request
went out for two carvings to
raffle at the during the show. Volunteers are also needed to help set
up tables, sell tickets
and staff the Welcome table. No admission will be charged, a donation
box will be in
place at the exit. Peoples Choice Awards for favorite carving and favorite
Doris Seeb reminded members of the Schoharie Chippers Show
at Deer Run Motel
on October 10. I hope several of us made it. Anyone who
did, please, drop me a review
so it can get in the next newsletter.
As is tradition, our December meeting doubles as our Christmas Party.
to bring a favorite carving to the party and sign up at the November
meeting for a dish to
Another reminder that dues can be paid to Don Painter at 1397
Schenectady, NY, 12306 and need to be paid if Newsletters are to be
you might want to reconsider that as a threat.
Our presentation was guest speaker and woodcarver David Esterly
an authority on the
history, works, and woodcarving techniques of Grinling Gibbons.
Grinling Gibbons was
a British woodcarver born over 350 years a ago. He was born on
Dutch soil and received
his woodcarving training there. His carving style and material
of choice, light colored,
fine grained linden wood, contrasted with the English carvers and their
dark oak. Today
the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, although darkened with dirt, varnish
and paint, are
considered national treasures by the English. This makes it amazing
to me that, when
one of those treasures was lost to fire, they came to an American,
David Esterly, to carve
a replacement. After seeing one David’s carvings first hand at
the meeting it’s not half
the mystery it was. David’s background is journalism. He
learned to carve as Grinling
Gibbons did as a research technique into the man’s life.
I have to admit the first third of the program was mostly history, and
a bit dry. We had a
couple ‘yawners’ in the front two rows, and I thought we were going
to lose them, but
they hung in there and made the club proud. Hey it was my third
time for the history
part, once at a lecture and once in print, and I toughed it out.
OK, except for that time I
mucked up the slide projector, and it skipped ahead three or four slides.
I just wasn’t
familiar with the controls, honest! David promised a more technical
discussion of the
woodcarving part, and he delivered. Talk about detective work!
How about that Dutch
rush/sandpaper substitute connection. David brought a bouquet
of lilies as an example of
his work. It was a treat that he hadn’t had at the other lecture,
and everyone got a good
close look. The petals appeared much thinner and fragile than
the were thanks to that
thin edge/thick middle trick I’ve seen our bird carvers pull.
That, together with the
beautiful curves and slender stems, made it appear fragile as glass.
We have it on
Marcus’ authority that the bee in the composition was a ‘worker’ due
to it’s accurate
anatomy... Oooooookay then.
Hey! Better Homes and Gardens has a special out for Santa collectors/crafters.
BH&G Santa Clause/Collector's Issue (not the regular monthly thing)
with 'Santa Claus'
predominant and 'Collector's Issue' a little less so. On the cover
is a fabric 'dressed' Santa
holding a letter. Several toys are hanging from him on strings. The
mag has several
techniques for crafting Santas and inside is a feature article on a
Santa Carver named
Tom Jeschke. Excellent article with step-by-step carving of a supplied
pattern. If you’ve
got Ron Ransom book, the style is very similiar.
Everyone have a good month, and we’ll see ya at the next meeting, OK?
Try not to give
Andy any Hearts and Flowers work. Keep on Carvin’
Thursday Wood Carving News
by George Hallenbeck
Thursday, Sept. 30th -
Twenty-one carvers in attendance
Richard Vanderheuvel brought in a Dutch Farm Wagon! Home
made wheels and
spokes, take apart sides and floor and it turns on a dime. A
well done replica! Quite a
change from tulips. He's also working on a light house seen that
my grandson Kyle
Fred Jenzer finishing his nativity shepard, a really well carved
Steve Madej brought me my plate for my carving hold down, and
as usual w/ Steve it's
better now than new. Thanks a lot Steve, you do so much for so
many and we all
appreciate your ingenuity!
Martha Colinas in with another lovely seahorse! Seahorses
are lovely to other seahorses,
right? Anyway this ones a cuttie.
Nice to see new member Ron Pinkerton hard at work on a Scandinavian
Thursday, Oct. 7th -
Twenty carvers in attendance
I (GH) finally finished my Rabbits in a Basket Relief Carving and modestly
the admiring comments of my comrades! "that's a piece nice of
butternut," "your rabbits
look like beavers" and "Wow, what a suprise". Seriously
everyone was "gracious" and
I'm happy with the result!
Mike Fields showing his 3" Fish, Trout etc. carved and painted
as pins. Ron Myers first
to yell I'll take six if they're 3 for a dollar! They're worth
a lot more, nicely done and
packaged attractively! Nice going Mike.
Nice to see Chris Schmocker back, after his alpine trip.
All that mountain climbing and
he catches a cold at Newark airport!
Good to see Gordon Montie and Art Harris prospective members
attending. Hope you
enjoy the day and sign up soon!
Stan Grab finishing a nice love spoon in cherry and a fine job
he's doing too!
Thursday Oct. 14th
- Twenty-one Carvers in attendance
Bill McCormick in with the Last Supper only 4 feet long in company
with his Holy
Mackerel fish also 4 feet long. Last Supper is a deep relief
and a long way to go.
Dick Moran brought in his "Whatever it takes" caricature of a
power carver, painted by
instructions from Sister Mary Ellen, rabbit skin glue and stain with
a little water paint!
Great to see Everet Botsford back from his cross country trip.
He brought in his
mountain lion carving finally finished! And a great finish it
is! Good paint job and
Jim Harvey's Bear on his totem pole looks like the beaver it
was meant to be, now with
tail and long teeth! Looking good Jim.