Mohawk Valley Art
& Woodcarving Association
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: May 7, 2002
Program: Theories of Perspective
- Robert Stadtlander
Letter from the President
(No, you're hallucinating, this is the
same letter as last month.
Sorry, long story, but the rest is new.)
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’
Letter to the Editor
It was with disgust that I read the April
newsletter. I found the two "jokes" offensive and in poor taste.
I am embarrassed to think of the number of people who received the April
newsletter and saw this smut. As a paying member of the club, I
expect a ”professional” updating of club news. If we need to use
these degrading 'fillers', maybe its time to evaluate the purpose and
value of our CLUB NEWSLETTER.
Sister Mary Ellen Putnam
In the last newsletter there were several items of humor included in the
final copy that were in bad taste and inappropriate for our club newsletter.
We would like to formally apologize for them being included or offending
any of our readers…
John Raucci & Michael Bloomquist
Thursdays at the Inman Center
By George Hallenbeck
Thursday April 10 - 27 Carvers present.
Just returned from Fla. and glad to be back.
Spotted Ron Myers carving neat spoons. He's doing a dozen
for next Xmas for his relatives. He's smart with an early start and
he'll need it, he has one a month to do!
Monte Foster doing a lettered plaque, "If you get
to heaven before I do, dig a hole and pull me
thru". It's in poplar, always a hard wood for Monte! It's
almost finished and delightfully different!
Dick Quay is working on an Eagle Relief. It's carved
on a round piece of shiplap, 2 boards glued together 15 inches
in diameter! It is looking good. Maybe we could dig up a nice
piece of basswood for Dick! We're all glad to see his second "new knee"
is doing great.
Fred Jenzer carving some very intricate spoons,
all entwined , showing some meticulous carving. These are the
ones you love to do and hate by the time they're done
Ev Bottsford back from Fla. and getting a jump
on Xmas with an Olde World Santa with walking stick and pack I am sure
it will be a new example of an olde theme!
Welcome back to Chris Schmocker and Pat Trudeau
from `Fla. Just about all the snowbirds are back. Both are signed up for
Bob Stadtlander's relief class. I'm looking
forward to it myself.
Loriane Morris is working on an Indian Peace Pipe,
an ambitious project. She has it drilled thru and is working on the bowl.
Lorriane will be married on May 8th to Gene Shaylor and we all wish
the happy couple a lifetime of happiness! Get him carving, Lorriane!
Mike Fields doing a grizzly bear, quite a departure
from his fish! But hold on , he's going to have a fish in a stream
holding the bear's interest! I knew Mike would have a fish someplace.
Jim Bollbach brought in a well designed clamp for
holding a golf ball while the cover is being cut thru! Easy to make,
easy to use and good thinking.
See you all at the show,
By Dick Moran
The program for our May 7 meeting is an
overhead presentation on Theories of Perspective – by Robert Stadtlander
. Bob, our guests carver for the show and workshop presenter (see
below), will also discuss what types of scenes make good relief carving
subjects, how he develops a relief carving from an idea, picture, etc....
and what works well with his style.
Programs for the next two months are as follows:
June 4 - Sale & Swap Night - Carvers wishing to sell (or swap)
carving equipment, tools or carving books are asked to bring them for display
at their respective tables. The "Show & Tell" portion of the program
will be replaced by the "Sale & Swap Night" activities. During the
"Everyone Carves Something" portion of the meeting, members will have the
opportunity to take a closer look at any items for sale and to make purchases
(or offer swap-deals) as well as to work on their current carving projects.
July 2 - Carving Corner Faces – Harold Kaltenbach
Two Scheduled Workshops
By Dick Moran
Robert Stadtlander "Relief Carving" Workshop
(May 6-8, 2002). This is just a reminder to those individuals
who signed up for this workshop that sessions on those days will be
from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Inman Center in Amsterdam. Efforts
are currently underway to contact each if you for your input as I attempted
narrow the number of possible carvings to two. Also please be aware
that each participant will be provided with one carving blank; Robert will
bring additional blanks for purchases as well as knives and gouges of
the variety that he uses -- to sell to students if they are interested
in purchasing them. Carvers are expected to provide their own tools
for the workshop.
Jeff Phares "Carving an Indian Bust or a
Mountain Man bust" Workshop (June 22-24, 2002). At our last meeting
we were able to reach the minimum number of 10 members who have paid
their initial $80 deposit for the workshop; however, we can accommodate
as many as 14 carvers in the workshop. Plans are going forward, and I
will continue to seek additional class members during our show. Participants
are asked to please let me know which of the two carvings they would
like to do in order for me to prepare Jeff to mail ahead all of the equipment
and blanks he will need for the workshop.
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 endeavor!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reliant Dust Collector - Model # NN720 - Paid $260.00
for it will take $130 - Runs on 110 or 220 volts. Call Tony Monte
Delta Scrollsaw- 18" Variable Speed - Approximately four years old with
very little use. Original cost $450, willing to sell for $300. Call
Bill Johnson @ 518-399-5927 or e-mail to email@example.com
- used to convert logs to lumber - 36" w/accessories -
very good condition - $100
McCulloh 20" Timber
chain saw w/ripping chain and w/extra chains - very good
Please call Steve Madej 518-842-7219 if you are interested
in these items.
Old draw knife with folding handles, call Marcus
Kruger at 5188297008 or e-mail Scoop@ superior.net.
Old, used chain saw chains, any condition. Call Bud Murtlow at
Used copy of the book "Carving Compact Characters" by Jack Price. Call
Pieter Paulding @ 518-782-7982 or e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or by "snail
3 Poe Court
or by phone
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
- 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 $8.50
- Hat, tan is $7.70
- Club embroidered patch
(sales tax is included in all
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.
Hello again from the
This was supposed to be in a while ago so the info is a little dated
but still accurate.
George and Mary Hallenbeck were visiting
me here in Melbourne and in March we made our annual trip up to Lakeland
for the woodcarving show. As in the past we met up with Ev and Janet
Botsford who also make the trip down from their winter retreat in Lady Lake.
It was good to see them both looking well rested and happy. They have
since made their journey home to NY. Ev said he missed all the folks
from the club and I feel the same way.
The Lakeland show, which is normally
held in January, was held on St. Patty's Day weekend this year, and from
the look of things on Saturday, I would have to say that the date change
hurt both the exhibitor and the visitors numbers. There were still
plenty of good carvings and talented carvers and there was no shortage of
vendors, but over all numbers seemed down.
Demonstrations on painting, carving and
burning were held several times during the two day show and George and myself
sat in on a portion of the one given by Cheril Dow. Her wood burning
technique is a joy to watch and her teaching ability is remarkable.
She can keep it simple while holding your attention with some light hearted
comedy at the same time. She is a great addition to any carving
venue and we should consider trying to attract her to one of our future shows.
There were plenty of bird, fish and other
wildlife carvings there, as usual, along with some great relief and chip
carvings. There was the usual small number of caricature carvings and
this year I noticed that, of the few busts and figure faces on display, very
few were "life like" or well done. I guess I must be getting spoiled
by all of the great face carvers in our club. We're pretty fortunate
to have such a diverse group of talented carvers.
All in all, it was a good show... and
the food wasn't bad either. It was great to be able to get together
with some of the guys and take in the sights. I hope we can do it
again next year and maybe even get a few more of you to join us down here.
What’s the best way to finish butternut?
Gosh, this is
almost a religious question... everyone thinks there’s is the best way,
and they went on a long, painful pilgrimage to discover it. I haven't
tried them all, but I've tried several methods/combinations on butternut.
The one so far that works best for me is Benjamin Moore Natural stain followed
by Minwax Satin Polyurethane. Let the stain dry thoroughly to avoid something
called 'blushing' (of course I had to learn that the hard way). It takes
about three coats of the Poly if I spray, possibly two coats if I brush.
Number of coats is definitely a 'to taste' step, and you might prefer gloss...
see tip below. Just MTCW. Definitely stay away from the water based polyurethanes.
So far, the can of water based “poly” I have has consistently horrified
me on butternut, cherry, and black walnut. It tends to lighten the
wood a make it look plastic.
If you're unsure about
the technique, and you have the time and resources: take scraps from the
wood of your project, carve them into egg shaped samples (gives you end
grain and side grain 'look'), smooth and/or detail them in a manner equivalent
to your masterpiece (just doodles), and try the new techniques on these samples
first. Makes it real easy to pick 'the winner', and avoid regrets.
Keep on Carvin'
Letters to the Editor
Send correspondence to...
117 Riverview Parkway
Rome, N.Y. 13440
Or Email to;