Art & Woodcarving Association
Edited by Eric Lawrence
Web published by Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: May 3, 2005
Location: Inman Senior Citizen Center, Amsterdam, NY
Cabin Fever Pot Luck Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM
arrival - 6:30 PM serving
The results are
in! Let's begin the search.
In the meantime, let's "break
I would like to
thank the 51 members who took time from their busy schedules to
return the "Carving Show Survey" which was included in the February
2005 issue of our newsletter. Your
feedback is included in the "RESULTS OF CARVING SHOW SURVEY" included
in this April edition of the newsletter, and was presented to those in
attendance at our April 5th meeting. It
includes even the late feedback received between February 23 and March
since our March meeting had to be canceled.
certainly no philosophical treatise or Kinsey report on the underlying
desires of our membership, it does represent some strong feelings of 53
of our membership who evidently do want their thoughts to be considered. The first page of the "RESULTS..."
presents numerical data which must certainly be considered as
the thoughts of a majority of our membership, and in particular, those
the effort to respond. It indicates
that the three most important goals of any future show must seek to
opportunity to see a display of many different carving styles, an
to learn more about carving and carving techniques, and an opportunity
with other carvers beyond our club's membership. After
that, there seems to be a substantial gap between these and
the next four items and another gap between the final three prioritized
those numerical computations on the first page, the next two sections
"New Ideas or Suggestions for Improving the Show" and "Summary
of Show Brainstorming on 2/1/05" -- represents a compilation of the
individual ideas or suggestions each made by one person. Consequently
ideas are repeated and some are contradictory. They
definitely do not represent "mandates," but
individual ideas, which deserve our consideration because someone took
to write them down. We would hope that
any future Show Planning Committee would at least take them into
next? I really don't know for
sure! Certainly there does seem to be
an interest in having a show, and we do have individuals who have
serve on a planning committee, but we can't navigate as a rudderless
ship. So maybe it's time to place a "Help Wanted Ad" which reads like
this: Strongly self-motivated, proactive
individual needed to take charge of a show planning committee. No salary, and sometimes no thanks; however,
much satisfaction with successful accomplishment of the tasks at hand. Must be able to work well with other members
of the planning committee and to share responsibility, as well as being
motivate many others to work cooperatively toward a very successful
outcome. Requires at least a full year
commitment. Applications will be
accepted at our June 7, 2005 meeting or any time after that."
Well, now, let's
get down to that third thing... the one about "breaking bread"
together. It was decided at our April
5th meeting to hold a one-month-later-than-usual "Cabin Fever Potluck
Dinner" meeting on
May 3rd. We
hope you'll be able to join us for an
excellent meal-sharing experience. Bring yourself, your spouse or
(or come unescorted, if
you wish). Also bring a food
item to share with others, plates, cups and eating
utensils. We will provide ice, soft drinks, tea bags and
coffee. Arrival time is between 6 PM and 6:30 PM;
serving lines open at 6:30 PM with individual tables being called to
serving line in an orderly fashion. There will be no formal
meeting. So, just come and enjoy a pleasant dinner with
your fellow woodcarvers!
Take care for
April 5, 2005
- President Dick Moran presided
the April meting of the Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Association
Inman Center. Twenty eight members were
in attendance. Minutes of the February
meeting were accepted as published in the March Newsletter. The March meeting was canceled because a
conflict in meeting space developed. Treasurer
Don Painter reported a treasury balance of
- Newsletters from Mid-Hudson,
Onondaga and New England Carving Clubs have been received. Woodcraft in
is offering a two day workshop led by Nora Hall on May 21 and 22. Cost of workshop is $175.00.
Her videos may be borrowed from the Club library.
- Eric Lawrence reports no new
members. A lengthy Newsletter
containing results of the survey conducted regarding membership
interest in a
future Show will be sent in April. Eric
is also asking for patterns and shop tips to be published in
- Bill Johnsen has waited to
schedule programs beyond this evening when the human head carving led
Borst should be finished. The question
of having An End to Cabin Fever Supper
- No reports were available
Club History or Inman Center Activity. Club
paraphernalia is unchanged.
- Kay Borst has sent Get Well
to Madeline Hebert and will do the same for Dick Quay.
- Dick Moran reviewed the
the survey regarding interest in a future Show. A
Planning Committee Chairman who will become Show Chairman is
needed before a Show can take place.
- The combined Chambers of
of Montgomery and Schenectady Counties have invited our members to do
display carvings at Schoharie Crossing,
Ft Hunter and Riverlink Park, Amsterdam as well as Jumping Jacks in
Scotia. Give your name and choice of
time on July 9 and 10 between 9 AM and 5 PM to Martha Colinas by the
- A motion by Mike Bloomquist
have a pot luck supper at the May meeting was seconded by Kay Borst a approved by a majority of members
present. Those attending need to bring
table service and a dish to pass. Eric
Lawrence will bring beverages. The Center
will be open at 6:00 with eating to start at 6:30 PM.
- Mike Bloomquist is reviewing
articles on woodcarving, noted carvers and patterns for Woodcarving On
- Following adjournment,
were shown by Mike Bloomquist and comments by the carvers were made.
- Carl Borst continued with the third session of
Human Face instructions following Show and Tell.
carving?”, said a fellow club member as he paused at my workplace
Owl", I replied. "Well, it's
supposed to be an Owl." He passed
on by, sat down and began eating. I
laid aside my tools, looked wishfully at the big laminated chunk of
concluded: it really doesn't look like much of anything...except wood,
glue and chips! A big mess!
card time! I evaluated:
"Could that piece of wood be carved
until it seemed a living Owl just waiting to fly away?
Could I learn to do it?
thought flashed like lightning through my head (empty space... it
long) that I had been chipping away for
three years and I really didn't know what the hell I was doing! How could I "give life" to that
dead wood if I didn’t know how...never mind having the technical
ability. Geeze.... I had been so naive. I hadn't even realized that I didn't know
that I didn't know what I was doing. How
should one choose and use a specific wood? Which
tool would make the best cut? Was I caring
for my tools properly? What techniques
could best achieve my desired
result? Was the subject of my carving
chosen? What did I expect the
carving to convey to "the eye of the beholder?" And
most importantly, how could I share my
appreciation for my fellow club members who share their expertise
to learn from them?
after years of "making a lot of chips", I began my quest
"to find the impossible dream":
become a WOODCARVER: one who knows the wood he is cutting, knows which
choose so that each cut is exactly what he wants it to be and the final
becomes just what he intended. Wow! I had "a
long way to go and a short time to
get there"; yet, I knew the way. Follow
the path of the Erie Canal Boatmen, of long ago,
"We know every inch of the way, from Albany to Buffalo!"
That's the way. Learn "every
inch" of carving. OK, I began. Accumulating resources (books, magazines,
VCR’s, tools, Web
sites), digesting their contents, and attending the carving club
experience by learning from fellow members as we "chipped-away".
little did I expect that becoming a "Woodcarver" would involve such
"a long-way", be such an
"impossible dream", probably
last longer than I will, and still be such fun along the way with such talented fellow travelers!
Now, with many accumulated resources,
I feel the need to share discoveries
from book, magazine and web site articles
about good woods, toxic
woods, supplies, subjects for carving, patterns,
on and on the list goes. Perhaps you
feel the need to share too.
implies an absence of knowledge, wisdom, and ability, resulting from a
experience. Maybe by sharing resources
we can continue to gain experience and move on toward the perceptive
of techniques that enable us to become more skilful woodcarvers.
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By Ron Batcher
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
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Hat, tan is $7.50
Club embroidered patch is $3.50
Club static cling decals are
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Patches, hats and decals are on
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Cummings has broken his hip and will be in a
nursing home for 6 to 8 weeks. His
address is Harold Cummings, Room 509, care of Barnwell Nursing Home,
3230 Church St., Valatie, N.Y. 12184.
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