Art & Woodcarving Association
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: April 2, 2002
Letter from the President
My fellow woodcarvers… Dear Friends… Aw Sheesh! Hey Gang!
The clock she’s a tickin’ you know. It’s only one more month ‘till
our annual woodcarving extravaganza. Whether you’ve got a booth in
the show, taking the class, or just coming to enjoy the show, don’t miss
this. Al Doty and his crew have been working real hard this year, and
it just keeps getting better every year. Personally, I can’t think
of a better weekend than spending two solid days talkin’ woodcarving where
you’re never in danger of boring anyone. Well, yes Ron, it is possible
for me to bore other woodcarvers… but I would have to work real hard at it.
You almost always see old friends that haven’t been by since this time last
year. Folks from outside the club, or out of state who make this show
a regular event. They always have fresh new carvings to see, and I always
manage to pick up a carving tip or too. One sad note this year… Melissa
will still be in college. I think it’s the first one she’s missed since
’96 when she was thirteen. On the up side, I’m going to the banquet
this year, and Yvonne’s coming too. I haven’t been able to make the
banquet since Tangerman was the guest speaker. Hmmm, that might have
something to do with me fallin’ in with that Stillwater crew and almost getting
kicked out. Just ask Tom Lesson when he drops by at the show.
He’ll tell you. So maybe it’s time for me to get a second chance.
Promise to behave myself this time. Another reason I’m excited though,
a good friend of mine Ted Tarr is coming back to the show. He’ll be
sharing a booth with Ted Morrison another member of the Erie Canal Woodcarvers.
Then, if Russ Hart shows, together with Harold, Chris Cook and myself, there’s
going to be one heckuva Oneida County block this year.
Still not convinced it’s worth going too? How about visiting an
incredible selection of choice carving timber at Walt LeClair’s booth.
Tell you a secret… get there real early because his stuff goes fast. Then
there’s Buck Run Woodcarving Supply. Hand carving tools, power carving
tools, and plenty of stuff to keep the edges sharp and the power tools humming.
And then there’s my favorite... lots and lots of books. You can’t get
bored, not when there’s the whittlin’ contest. Be honest! You
spectators are just there to see who draws first blood. Well, if you’re
squeamish about the blood, but still crave excitement, there’s always the
woodcarving auction that wraps the event up Sunday afternoon. The
auction keeps growing with the show, and it gets more entertaining every
year. We can usually count on one of Marcus’s hand made knives being
offered up to the highest bidder. Then there are usually some books
or old issues of Chip Chats, and several A-1 carvings from our club members
and show participants. OK, I’m done. If you don’t have a good
reason to come to our show now, then you must be into whole different hobbie/art
and more power to ya!
On another front, a certain club program chairman by the name of Dick
Moran recently put me on a big guilt trip about not signing up for the Jeff
Phares workshop. Guess the possibility of an Ian Norbury class at
the Rochester Woodcraft store this fall didn’t carry any weight with Dick.
Besides the fact he didn’t organize it <grin>, Dick knows I already
took a class with Ian. But Dick! That was two years ago and you
can never carve too many nudes. Anyway, thanks to some budget wizardry
by Yvonne, and Harold letting me pitch a tent in whatever campsite he finds
nearby, I’m signed up. So, I know I raved about the classes Dick’s lined
up, and I know I raved about this one, but now I’ve put my money where my
mouth is. There’s still some slots open so let’s go people… we ought
to have a blast. Shouldn’t be any danger of the caricature/ bird carving
dilemma that certain members fell into at David Sabol’s class, eh? Sorry
John, had to visit that one just one more time. Anyway, you should be
back from Florida in time to defend yourself. Well Folks, that’s it
from your Prez this month… hope see ya at the meeting.
Keep on Carvin’
Florida Carving Shows
by George Hallenbeck
The weather was very warm in the Everglades.
Mary and I really enjoyed it. We then headed for Ft. Myers and the Charlotte
County Wood Carvers Show at Punta Gorda. A one day show on Feb. 16th. 104
and free admission. It was very crowded but had excellent work. Many vendors
were selling expensive wood. Others had many books that /I had never seen.
We had an enjoyable day inspecting wonderfully carved (you know it) fish
and ducks and quit a few birds. Some caricature carvings were well done but
few in number. I talked to Cheryl Dow for some time. She would be available
for a class in our area in 2003. She's friendly, and excellent teacher and
brings polygraphy to a new level. She now has four books for sale and they
are all clear, instructive and helpful. We then traveled to Recreation Plantation
to visit with Ev and Janet Bottsford, as well as the Grays and the. Schmitts.
Ev and Chet carved incessantly and ended up with a herd of bison, moose,
bears and oxen as well as Ev's little ferret (which was as big as a Bison).
Chet Gray has been carving for about a year and has about 15 relief carvings,
sold 14. He really is a worker. On March 9 we went to the Leesburg Show,
which was also crowded. Exceptional carvings of all kinds, again mainly
fish and birds. We met many carvers from Recreational Plantation, the
campgrounds where we all stay and carvers from the Blue Parrott campground
two miles away, where about 60 carvers meet every Thursday morning. I saw
a cheetah chasing an impala and mentioned that the same subject was the
best-of-show carving at our show last year. The carver, Chet Frye, asked
if the carver was Tim Flavino. When I said it was, he told me that
he had taught Tim in a class last year and that was the carving. Small
Carvers are a great bunch of people, friendly, helpful and artistic.
We are fortunate to have the same kind of people in our club. I can't wait
for some of Ron Myers' nasty, salacious remarks. Hope to see you all before
Tool Sale at Meeting
A variety of tools owned by Joseph Sarnelli of Schoharie County who
died recently will be on sale at the meeting April 2. Available arc: gouges,
knives, files, rasps, three full sets of Flex tools (two of small gouges
and one of large), plus assorted other tools. There are also book and blocks
of carving woods Carl Borst will collect the money for Mrs. Sarnelli.
By Dick Moran
The program for our meeting April 2 meeting is informal it
is an "Everyone Carves Something" night. Bring some carving tools and what
ever carving project you are working on. Also, bring a recent carving for
"Show & Tell."
Programs for the next two months are as follows:
May 7 - Overhead Presentation: Theories of Perspective.
Robert Stadtlander will discuss perspective in relief carving, what types
of scenes make good relief carving subjects, how he develops a relief carving
from an idea or picture and what works well with his style. He will be
our guest carver for the show and will also present a workshop (see below).
June 4 - Sale & Swap Night Carvers wishing to sell
(or swap) carving equipment, tools or books are asked to bring them for
display. There will be no "Show & Tell" program The items for sale will
be displayed during the "Everyone Carves Something" portion of the meeting.
Two Scheduled Workshops
By Dick Moran
Robert Stadtlander "Relief Carving" Workshop (May 6-8,
2002). Just a reminder: those signed up for this workshop should pay the
$90 balance they owe by April 1, 2002 or at the meeting April 2.
Jeff Phares "Carving an Indian Bust or a Mountain Man
bust- Workshop (June 22-24, 2002). Presently, six members have paid the $80
deposit; however, we must have at least 10 carvers in order to hold the
workshop. If I am unable to guarantee Jeff Phares that number within the next
two weeks, III have to cancel the workshop. So, if you arc interested, please
let me know immediately If you have questions about the workshop, contact
me as as soon as possible.
- Nine guests were among the 36 people at the March 5 meeting.
- A] Doty reported that 35 tables have been reserved for
the club's show and that 22 people have made dinner reservations.
- Carl Borst is looking for news outlets that might advertise
the show free of charge. Get in touch with him if you have any suggestions.
- Ribbons have been ordered for show. Posters and raffle
tickets are available from Fred Jenzer
- Congratulations to Harold Kaltenbach, the newly elected
president of the Ene Canal Woodcarvers.
- Marcus Kruger has again been invited to present a program
on tool sharpening. He will give a demonstration to the Burnt Hills Continuing
Education wood=mg class taught by Ron Dechant at the Richard O'Rourke Middle
School later this month
- Aug. 4 has been selected as the tentative date for our
annual picnic. If this is not satisfactory, be at the April meeting when
a vote will be taken.
- It was reported that a card was sent to Dick Quay after
his knee surgery.
- After the meeting, Mike Bloomquist showed how to carve
male and female woodspirits. He has some examples on his website.
If you would like to sell something, you can advertise it here first and,
if you want, bring it to our monthly meeting to display it. Jug let the
members know when and where they can see it Let me know when you place your
ads and I will get the word out 9 they can we it at an upcoming meeting.
Remember that all advertising here is free.
We have already had success with this
To place want ads for any wood carving related
items please contact Carol Ayers by e-mail at "
Basswood Cut to Order Also some Cherry and Butternut. Prices on request.
Will furnish bird blanks
from your plans or mine. Prices on request.
For any information on the above items please contact Walt
LeClair @ 518-861-6544
Club Crew Neck Sweatshirt - size Medium - Never worn - wrong
size ordered -
If interested please call Fred Jenzer @ 518-384-7313 or e-mail
Reliant Dust Collector - Model # NN720 - Paid $260.00 for
it will take $130 - Runs on 110 or 220 volts. Call Tony Monte @ 518-357-4602
- Sears Craftsmen - 8" Bench Drill Press
- Sears Craftsmen - Tablesaw -10" with
stand and dust sack plus an $82 blade all for $400.00
- Sears Craftsmen - 10" Radial Arm Saw
with stand - $400.00
- 14" Bandsaw (Elephant) with stand and
rip fence - $450.00
- RBI 216V Scroll Saw with stand - $550.00,
- Sears Belt Sander 6" x 48" and stand
Only serious inquiries, please. Call Ray Alotta 479-3138
between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alaskan Chainsaw Mill - used to convert logs to lumber - 36" w/accessories
- very good condition - $100
McCulloh 20" Timber Bear chain saw w/ripping chain and w/extra chains
- very good condition $175
Please call Steve Madej 518-842-7219 if you are interested in these
"Taylor Made" 17 piece "Fred Cogelow Skew Gouge Set". All fine
tuned and beveled. As good as new with original box and papers. Paid
$375... sacrifice at $260. Please call Carl Borst 518-355-2933 or e-mail
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old draw knife with folding handles, call Marcus
Kruger at 5188297008 or email Scoop@ superior.net.
Old, used chain saw chains, any condition. Call Bud Murtlow at 518-885-9579.
Used or New Copy of the Book "Walking & Working Sticks" by Theo Fossel
in any condition. Call Carol Ayers at 5185876841 or email email@example.com.
or by "snail mail" at
3 Poe Court
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
or by phone at
Donted forget, you can also place an
add for something Wanted.
By Carol Ayers
SHIRTS, HATS, APRONS AND PATCHES…
All of the items are embroidered
with our club logo and the prices including sales tax is as follows:
- Polo shirt, light ash gray (short
sleeve with collar and tab front) is $11.00
- Long sleeve T-shirt, light ash
gray is $12.50
- Crew neck sweatshirt, light ash
gray is $16.50
- Hooded, full zipper front sweatshirt
with side pockets, light ash gray is $22.00
- Apron, natural with no pocket is
- Hat, tan is $7.70
- Club embroidered patch is $3.50
(sales tax is included in all the pricing)
Ordering these items is as follows:
Ordering these items is as follows.
- Patches, hats and decals are on hand and
can be bought from me at any time.
- Shuts, sweatshirts and aprons need a total
of six orders, any combination, for me to place an order with the company.
I have ordered a dozen hats and they are in. From now on, I will try always
to have club hats on hand, just like the patches and static cling decals
for the car window. A hat, club shirt, logo apron or sweatshirt is always
a good thing to have when doing fain or shows. I am starting a new list for
shirts, since I have just placed an order for six items. As soon as I have
another six items to embroider, I can order again.
If you are interested you can place an order by
e-mailing me, Carol Ayers at:
or writing me at
3 Poe Court
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
or phoning me at
Club members and other clubs have asked who does our shirts, hats, and
now decals. The company is Cameo Productions, Amsterdam, NY. They
have quality merchandise, give you personal attention, and are capable of
producing almost any quantity. They have also are willing to meet deadlines
and fill our small orders. If you would like a catalog please call Joe at
18008094839 or 5188424839. If he is not there, Lisa will help you.
Always remember: Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
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