Mohawk Valley Art
& Woodcarving Association
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: June 4, 2002
Program: Woodcarver's Flea Market
Letter from the
Well they did it again! Al Doty
& Company pulled off another great woodcarving show. Attendance
was about the same as the previous year, which, considering the gorgeous
weather that weekend, was quite a feat. The "and Company" includes
a host of people like George Hallenbeck, a veteran co-chairman from two previous
shows, Dick Moran, who brought in another high caliber guest carver in the
form of Bob Stadtlander, all the folks who help set up Friday and tear down
Sunday, those who peopled the ticket table and club tables, and to all those
who did all the countless other jobs that make this show work so well.
There should be more naming-of-names later in this newsletter, so read on!
If we miss anyone, I'll make sure they're in the next newsletter for sure.
In the meantime thank you all for the great work and well done!
Personally, I could not participate at all
like I had planned this year. My Father passed away the previous
Tuesday and I had to cancel my booth and banquet tickets. My Dad
is not directly responsible for me learning how to carve wood. He
is very directly responsible for me having the basic skills and the "can
do" attitude to attempt woodcarving. It's not surprising, but I have
remembered many things related to my Dad this past couple weeks. Before
retirement, my Father was a machinist/modelmaker at Bendix Corp. in Utica.
Like lots of middle income Dads with four kids, he knew how to do many things
besides his 8-to-5 job, and Mom usually made sure we were around him to help...
even if only to fetch tools. I remember him letting me use a
power drill once when I was so young I had to lift it with both hands.
I remember him letting me fill a scrap piece of 2x4 full of holes... just
so I could. I remember him letting me keep a Boy Scout knife I found
in the leaves during one of our many camping trips. Letting me have
it even though it was very much against my Mom's wishes. In her defense,
she later let our local butcher put a real good edge on it for me (probably
the first time I heard "a dull knife is a dangerous knife"). I remember
rides on the back of Dad's "Harley". I remember spending a lot of
time at a rented barn in downtown Ilion helping (sort of) build camping
coaches for our pickup trucks. I remember us rehabilitating old lawn
mowers and re-selling them in front of our house. I remember
helping him rehabilitate some of our vehicles. I remember when I started
repairing and re-selling garage sale bicycles, my Father buying me repair
manuals with blow-apart diagrams of those English three-speed hubs.
These manuals came in real handy when those dog teeth springs launched themselves
across the garage and bearings spilled out all over the floor. I remember
many years and two daughters of my own later, my Father and I strolling through
the woodworking & woodcarving show at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
I remember him beside me when I bought my first carving knife and a sharpening
stone from a vendor at that show. I remember his quiet encouragement,
but I wonder now what he was thinking at the time. Maybe he was remembering
a boy using a power drill for the first time, filling a 2x4 full of holes
until his arms ached. So, even though he didn't teach me how to carve
wood, what ever I'm able to do now with a block of wood has a lot of my
Dad in it, and I think that's one of the best ways I can remember him.
There was a silver lining to the weekend.
We were able to take Melissa back to Alfred State via Albany, and got a
chance to visit the show Sunday. It seemed everyone knew why
I hadn't been around, and I really appreciate that the word got out.
Thank you all for the condolences and expressions of sympathy. In the past,
when I've said those things to friends who lost people close to them, I always
wondered how much it really helped them. Having now been on the receiving
end, I'll never question it again. They do help, and Melissa and I
appreciated them very much.
Let me tell you! Our show is a lot
easier to take in when you're participating in it for two days than it
is for the three hours we spent there. Despite the short time allotment,
I was able to talk to most everyone there, both the "veterans" and several
new faces. Most were extremely happy with the show and seemed to be
enjoying themselves a lot. We'll try to cover them and the pictures
I got in the next newsletter. Man! Buck Run was stocked this year...
and how! Especially the bookrack, which had most of the current titles
that I knew about. However, they didn't have Jeff Phare’s latest on
carving mouths and noses... but I did. To be fair, they couldn't
have had it. That's because my copy came as a gift from Harold Kaltenbach,
and he got his copy straight from the publisher, Fox-Chapel, who had just
gotten their first printing in. Speaking of being well stocked, Walt
Leclair brought a fresh batch of wood in Sunday morning to re-stock the table.
Yippee! I had new stuff to pick from and didn't have to settle for
what the locust had left behind. If anyone noticed the gentle giant
walking with me, that was Brian Barber. He’s a member of a woodcarver’s chat
group I belong to on the web. This guy came all the way from New Hampshire
and drove back the same day just to see the show. Not too many folks
make me feel short, but Brian sure does. Real glad he’s a friend!
Really nice person and quite the carver too... we might be seeing him as
a show participant some year soon.
Well, I think I’ve prattled on enough this
month. Once again, to all those who contributed to the show this
year, great job and thank you! Hey Gang, keep those edges keen, the
chips piled high, and hope to see you all at our next meeting.
Highlights of May Club Meeting......
A near-record turnout included four new members
recruited at the Show plus a guest.
Congratulations to Al Doty and George Hallenbeck
for a successful Show.
Appreciation to Bob Statlander and Dennis Thornton
for judging the competition.
Thanks from Chairmen to Club members for their
contributions to the Show.
Al Doty and George Hallenbeck will Co-chair the
Reserve August 4 for annual Club picnic.
Details next month.
Committee was selected to plan raffle project for
Bob Statlander used overhead slides to demonstrate
techniques to determine spacing and angles
in relief carvings, both important factors
when carvings are judged in competition
Our Best Show Ever
we had our finest show, the finest carvings and the finest carvers. Our
judges Dennis Thornton and Bob Stadtlander did a great job judging an array
of carvings that were awesome! We thank them.
Our thanks to
Jane Harvey who inserts an ad in the Capitol Craft Mag. What a supportive
gesture! Thanks again Jane.
We also thank
Paul Ferenczy who donated a dozen hanging plants to decorate our Club Table.
Paul is so generous. He donated plants at our Xmas party as well.
Can’t tell you how much we appreciate your kindness, Paul. Thanks again.
I thanked all the exhibitors for coming and received no negative comments,
amazing! Everyone was complimentary and all said they would return
if possible! I sent notes of thanks to Elisa Streeter and Liz Bishop
for their kind words plugging our show and we thank CBA for the best advertisement,
their spacious gym and helpful maintenance people.
Lastly congrats to Norman Ayers for
winning our Nativity Set! I enjoy so much working this show, and to
all our membership, help us out and have yourself a fun time too.
Club Member Helps Worthy
Early this year, club member Jim Harvey
donated several carvings to an annual Charity Event to benefit the Community
Hospice of Schenectady. For those unfamiliar with Hospice, it is an
organization that that helps patients facing terminal illness and their families
and friends who need care and support. This year was the 13th annual
Gala “Springtime in Paris” and contributions for both silent and live auctions
led to a record breaking amount of money raised. The Gala is the most significant
fund raising event for the Friends of Hospice, and it’s importance in supporting
the program is critical.
If anyone is interested
in finding out how to participate in next years event, please contact Jim
at- email@example.com or by phone at- 732-7631 and he will
get you the necessary information. This is a great way to put your
talent to work while helping out with a great cause. Hospice is truly
a wonderful program and I am thankful for folks like Jim who help make it
Thursdays at the Inman Center
By George Hallenbeck
Thursday, May 2
Jim Harvey whittling
a small turtle on a log. He’s moving rather slow, the turtle but
then Jim’s not to swift these days! Sorry Jim… Just slipped out!
It will be a fine turtle I’m sure.
Mike Fields finishing
up his grizzly bear and it looks good.
Don Painter not
carving, he’s writing out checks for the show. This is his busy time!
Dick Moran brought
in a family of bears, mother and three cubs. He “Bearly” got done for
the show! It’s another great carving by “Santa” Moran.
Joe Rusik in with
a wire haired terrier with a quizzical look on his face confronting a frog.
The frog looks bored with the whole thing. Put it in the show Joe,
it’s good! Joe is now working on a “wire haired owl”.
Marcus Kruger brought
in 8 little bears, cuddly as can be. The best is still in the frame
and grand! Marc does these with a scroll saw and then carves the
bears! Great miniatures.
Nelson Downs showing
a lovely folk lore type cane for his wife on their 50th anniversary.
Andy Ebli carved
an angel sitting and it’s beautiful! 3 angels, one with a star,
one reading a book and another playing the flute on a round base with a
small evergreen tree along side each angel! This is a lovely attractive
group carving. Andy continually turns out one of a kind, exceptional
Larry Jasenski working
on a large relief 16”x 20”. A really well done hobo or tramp, take
your pick. It is basswood and his second relief. It’s really
good. The tramp looks like an ex-employee of Enron.
By Dick Moran
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.
Hearts & Flowers
Andy Ebli is stepping
down as the “get well” guy after several years of devoted service to our
club. Taking over the responsibilities of “Hearts & Flowers” will
be Pat Trudeau. She will be backed up by Betty Dykstra and with the two of
them on this job, Andy can get a little well deserved rest himself!
Thanks again Andy for all your hard work and thanks to Pat and Betty for pitching
know of someone in need of a card from the Club, please contact Pat Trudeau
at 585-7670 or Betty Dykstra at 279-0936 or see them at the Inman Center
If you would like to sell something you can advertise it here first and,
if you want, you can bring it to our monthly meeting to display it.
Just let the members know when and where they can see what you are selling.
Let me know when you place your ads and I will get the word out if they can
see it at an upcoming meeting. Remember all advertising here is FREE!
We have already had success with this endeavor!
********* For Sale *********
Cut to Order - Also some Cherry and Butternut….Prices on request
Will furnish Bird Blanks from your plans or mine…..Prices on request depending
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 @ 518-357-4602
Delta Scroll Saw
- 18" Variable Speed - Approximately 4 years old with very little use.
Original cost $450, willing to sell for $300. Call Bill Johnson @518-399-5927
or e-mail @ email@example.com
Alaskan Chain Saw
Mill - used to convert logs to lumber- 36" w/accessories - very good
McCulloh 20" Timber
Bear Chain Saw w/ripping chain and w/extra chains - very good condition
Please call Steve Madej @ 518-842-7219 if you are interested in these
Band Saw -
14" US Industrial Tools, 3/4 HP, 6" capacity, mitre gauge and enclosed base.
Excellent Condition $125.00 Please call Carol Ayers @ 518-587-6841
or e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org
An assortment of
tools - Walt LeClair will have, at the June meeting, an assortment
of tools from Eddy Kleinke's collection that his wife still has since he
passed away a few years ago.
********* Wanted *********
Old draw knife
with folding handles, call Marcus Kruger @ 518-829-7008 or e-mail
Old, Used Chain
Saw Chains - In any condition. Call Bud Murtlow @ 518-885-9579
Used copy of the
book "Carving Compact Characters" by Jack Price. Call Pieter Paulding
@ 518-782-7982 or e-mail @ email@example.com
To place want ads for any wood carving related items please contact Carol
Ayers @ 518-587-6841,
3 Poe Court, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
……it's free! Don't forget that you can also place an Ad for something
By Carol Ayers
SHIRTS, HATS, APRONS
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 $8.50
- Hat, tan is
- Club embroidered
patch is $3.50
(sales tax is included
in all the pricing)
Ordering these items is
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.
The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression
right up front, this is not a review of a carving book, but one of those
artsy fartsy technique books. Still, it's going to be very useful
to anyone carving faces. Being that I've been dabbling in woodspirits
lately and having fun with different facial expressions, this one really
caught my eye at an art store in Hamilton, Ontario last January. Last
week I broke down and, under the guise of a belated birthday gift, bought
it in an Elmira Barnes and Noble. When showing my treasure off to the Erie
Canal Woodcarver's last week, some one asked me if it was a new release.
Having never laid eyes on it until last January, I said "sure it was".
Oops! Published in 1990... no reprint date. Hmmm, a little research
on the web turned up a Gary Faigin website, and perhaps the answer.
It seems Mr. Faigin had a message on his answering machine recently... from
the FBI. It turns out they were concerned that his book might be going
out of print soon and were very upset since it was required reading for their
forensic artists. Darn that Scully and Mulder! Hoarding all those
copies so I don't see it until 10 years later! There was also a long
list of other atypical artists using his book; plastic surgeons, cartoonists,
computer animators for films, and psychologists.
After a preliminary discussion of the importance of human facial expressions
in art, and the basic anatomy and muscle groups that mold our face into
all the wonderful emotions it can communicate, the rest of the book is broken
up into the basic emotions. They include joy, anger, laughter, and
fear. Within each of the major categories Mr. Faigin includes nuances
and shades of each. To help illustrate every facial expression, he weaves
in examples; good and bad, from his own drawings and the art world.
These examples come from all walks of the art world, paintings, drawings,
sculpture, and cartoons. You read this book enough, and you start
analizing animal expressions as well. That's how well this author
illustrates his topic. I don't usually like to do carving "sketches".
You know, carvings just for practice, but browsing through this book had
me grabbing scrap pieces of basswood and cottonwood bark and doing just
that. Some things worked some things didn't, but, thanks to reading
this book, even the pieces of firewood were a lot closer to what was intended
than I've managed in past attempts. So, if you're carving facial expressions,
be they realistic, stylized, or caricature, this book gets five thumbs
up (out of five). Highly, highly recommended. If you're patient
(unlike moi) and have access to the web, don't pay the $35 list price.
Amazon.com has it for $24, and bibliofind.com found a used copy in good
condition for $20 and change.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the members
who joined in the effort to create this year's Nativity Set. My husband,
Norman, won the set at the show and we are so pleased to have this work
of art in our home. We decided to put it on permanent display in our
dining room on top of our china cabinet. I will continue to think of
all my friends at Mohawk Valley Woodcarving and their many talents every
time I pass by it. Thanks to all of you who made this beautiful Nativity
that will continue to give us so much pleasure in the years to come.
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