Over all, this was a show really worth going to, especially if you’re
a bird carver or collector of bird art.
Here’s a few highlights from the last two meetings:
March and April Meetings
March 13 (Postponed from the 6th,
Why? Snow!.. what else.) These are notes from Allen Doty who was
pinch hitting for Carl as Prez and Patty as secretary. Nice job Al!
The monthly meeting for the first Tuesday in
March was rescheduled because of the blizzard of 2001. If you believe
that, you probably bought into Y2K too. Anyway the meeting scheduled
for the 5th of March, 2001 was rescheduled for the 13th. Once
again, the weather failed to cooperate. Ice in the morning and wet
roads with the potential for freezing caused the meeting to be sparsely
** With president Carl Borst being in the sunny
south, the meeting in the stormy north was called to order by vice pres
Al Doty at 7:00.
** Minutes of the last meeting – Tammy was not
in attendance, so there were no minutes. If you already haven’t,
you’ll have to read Mike’s web site.
** Treasurers report - Don Painter reported
that after expenses of $74 and receipts of $572 for show tables and
$50 for the Pete Ortel workshop, the balance on hand is $6081.96.
**Show – George is back in town and everything
is on schedule. Ribbons have been ordered. Door prizes, auction
items and tree ornaments are need so please keep carving.
**Nativity – Andy said the Nativity is almost complete.
The crèche is complete. There are a few pieces that are not
quite finished, but all is going well and it will be ready. Raffle
receipts for the Nativity are just starting to trickle in. Only $115
has been received with 325 tickets outstanding. Sell, Sell, Sell!!!!!
** Publicity – Sister Mary Ellen was not
able to attend the meeting. She sent word that both channel 6 and
10 were not willing to give us a spot in their programming. She would
like to have someone take over her duties as publicity chairman because
of health problems.
** Posters and Raffle tickets - Fred is away and
Meyers forgot to bring them. If you need raffle tickets or posters,
please see Ron on Thursday.
** Hearts and flowers – Andy reported that we are
all alive and well and that there was nothing to report.
** Historian – Ron Redman had nothing new
No reports were heard from the following chairmen.
Shirts, hats & patches
** Program - Dick reported that this
would be a carving night because Joann Brady was unable to attend.
Perhaps we will be able to reschedule her presentation of backgrounds for
carvings in the future. Dick also reported the following schedule
April - Carving night
May - Pete Ortel will give
a presentation of his choice.
June - Carving night
July - Carl Borst will
teach us all about carving hands.
Dick wants to remind you to bring in a carving each
meeting for our show and tell table.
National Park Service will feature the unique artistry of
a woman woodcarver at the Visitors Center, 136 Falls St. in Seneca Falls.
The exhibit will feature an exhibit of pieces by Mary Michael Shelley of
Ithaca as part of Women’s History Month.
Newsletter from the Mid Hudson Wood Carvers
Letter from Fox Chapel Pub. Co. announcing a new magazine
called Scroll Saw Workshop. Ask Dick Moran to see a complimentary
copy. They also have an open house on March 23-24 in Lancaster Pa.
Notice of the 4th annual Wood Carvers Open House March 30-31
in Lancaster Pa. Mini Seminars held each day some featuring Harold
Enlow. See Mikes Santa on display at he Woodcraft display.
Call Al Doty for more information.
Dick Moran said that there may only be enough
for one workshop by Pete Ortel.
He has had a couple of cancellations and it will depend
on the response from Chip Chats.
Bill McCormack (yes you remember him) said
the Northeastern Woodcarvers Assn. 10th annual “Woodworkers Showcase 2001”
will be March 24th & 25th at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs.
Some of our carvers will be in attendance to demonstrate wood carving and
promote the club
Show & Tell
Dick Moran brought in a flute that he recently
completed. Andy Ebeli had a European mountain man with
his jacket, knee pants, heavy shoes and a pointed hat. Al Doty
displayed an Adirondack mountain hiker in blue jeans with a pack basket.
BUT, the show stopper was Joe Rusik’s attacking Kestrel. Great
job Joe. It was appreciated by all who were able to see it.
Mike, you will have to a get a picture of this some time and put it on
the web for all to see ( I got a picture this month... it was awesome -
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30
Coffee, carving and friendship followed.
April 3 These are
notes from Martha Colinas who was pinch hitting for Patty as secretary.
It was real nice to see you at the meeting again Martha. Welcome back!
The April Mohawk Valley Woodcarvers meeting was called
to order at the Inman Center by President, Carl Borst. Twenty
nine members and a guest, Betty Dykstra, who came to join the Club
were present. The minutes of the March meeting, written by Al Doty,
were accepted as read. The Treasurer’s report was accepted as read.
Show Committee: George Hallenbeck reported
that 52 tables and 36 dinners have been reserved. He urged
members to attend the dinner, promising a shorter,
interesting speaker this year. Volunteers are needed
for setting up Friday night, door
attendants and raffle ticket sales. Fred Jenzer
and Ed Bojarczuk have distributed posters. Sister
Mary Ellen made contacts for publicity. Whittling contest participants
who have not reserved a spot may still enter the day of the contest.
The Mothers Group at CBA will provide coffee and donuts and lunch during
the Show. Tables will not have to be taken down Sunday after the
Show. Ron Waldron will be the Auctioneer again this year.
Auction items are needed as well as door prizes. Carl Borst and
Ortel will judge the competition (Hey! Carl, I thought you only judged
chainsaw carvings. - Mike) .
Programs: Dick Moran who was
not present, sent a request for payment for the carving seminars scheduled
during the week after the Show. If anyone is interested wishes to
sign up, may still do so by contacting Dick.
Newsletter: Due to some missing persons (and
tardiness on my part - Mike), the March Newsletter was not published but
may be read on Mike Bloomquist’s Website. The contents will be combined
with the April issue which will include a pattern as well. A Woodcraft
store that recently opened in Rochester donated a $100.00 prize to the
Genesee Valley Woodcarving Show to be awarded to a novice carver. Next
year, a donation will be made to our Show.
Nativity: Andy Ebli reported that the nativity
will be complete when he has finished staining the figures. He also
said that a store in Saratoga will sell carvings-see Andy to get the owners
Richard VanDenHeuvel displayed a “Dutch Pine” Christmas
tree to hang small ornaments that may be sold individually or as a set.
More small ornaments are needed.
A request for a publicity chairperson to replace Sr. Mary
Ellen was tabled until the next meeting.
Andy Ebli reported no known illnesses last month.
He depends on members to let him know of need for cards.
Fred Jenzer reported the phone list has been updated and
will be published the Newsletter. Fred also asked that raffle ticket proceeds
be given to him before the Show.
Carl Borst related a visit to Mal Doolittle, a former
Club Member now living in Virginia, where he demonstrated face carving
to 16 new carvers organized by Mal. Carl has yellow suspenders worn
by their club members to show for his efforts.
Harold Kaltenbach showed a Santa carved in a David Sabol
seminar held by the Erie Canal Woodcarvers. David Sabol has moved from
Connecticut to Lancaster, Pa. where his studio will be located.
Joe Rusik reported the Northeast Woodworkers Show was
well attended. Considerable interest was shown in the carving demonstrations
and displays. In competition with fine woodworking, a carved loon took
Best of Show.
Hal McIntosh will have space at our Show to demonstrate
chain saw carving.
Bud Murtlow will bring his bird(s) to the Show.
The last item of business was the selection of August
5 for the annual picnic to be held at Kiwanis Park in Rotterdam Junction.
Some Serious Stuff
Before we break this up, I’m making a serious request here for large
batch of Prayers for Sister Mary Ellen. She’s not feeling well these
days and we miss her. Keep her in your Good Thoughts (and I don’t
care if you're atheist... Pray anyway, or you’ll deal with me!).
It’s gotta help.
A Pattern from Laura Sue Irish
Her website is at the bottom of the picture... check it