Mohawk Valley Art
& Woodcarving Association
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: July 2, 2002
Location: Inman Senior Citizen Center, Amsterdam, NY
Program: Woodcarver's Flea Market
Letter from the President
Well, this month it seems all I can
think about is the Jeff Phare’s class that several of our members are going
to attend real soon. By the time we get together again at the July
meeting, it will be history, and, hopefully, you’ll see some products of
the class at the “Bring-n-Brag” session. Speaking of class projects,
everyone at the June meeting got a chance to look at Al Doty’s relief carvings
from his class with Bob Statlander. Wow! Looks like he got his
money’s worth. Really great work Al.
Did I mention that Harold Kaltenbach and I are
taking that Jeff Phare’s class this month? Couldn’t be better timing.
Sometimes I refer to carving as an addiction, and it’s true. Between
one thing or another in May, and more of the same in June, this class is
going to be more therapy than any thing else. Don’t know about you,
but I get real cranky when I haven’t butchered a piece of wood for a few
Ya know, I’m really looking forward to this
Jeff Phare’s class on carving busts. I’m not real big on carving Native
Americans. Nothing personal against Native Americans... not with all the
enjoyment I get from the N.A. flutes, and friends like Tom Lesson.
I might pick his mountain man project instead... but then his Native American
stuff is so good I probably should make an exception. Waffling? Who
me? Well maybe.
Oh! Before I forget, make sure you sign
up with Walt LeClair next meeting for the Altamont Fair. Walt manages
a club booth for this event every year. Think he said there was 28
time slots he needed filled in order to people the booth for the duration
of the show. This is one of those club appearances that really reach
out to new members, advertises our other club activities and, from first
hand reports it’s a lot of fun.
Seem to be rambling a bit this month.
Sorry, but I guess I have other things distracting me, like this Jeff Phare’s
class coming up soon. Just been going through my tool arsenal, making
sure they’re ready. Just like every one, I sharpen my knives and gouges
with a leather strop most of the time, but eventual you lose that bevel,
and no amount of stropping will bring it back. I use something called
the “scary sharp” system to get the bevel back. Maybe during one of
our Carve-a-longs I’ll try to bore you with the details. Not this July
meeting though. Harold is going to show us how to carve faces on the
Guess that’s enough prolixication for this month.
Hey Gang, keep them edges keen, the chips piled high, and hopefully I’ll
have some stories to tell next time we meet ‘cause, ya know, I’ve got that
Jeff Phare’s class this month..
If you’re a regular at the Inman Center on Thursdays,
please remember to join or renew your membership there. It’s a great
bargain at $15 per year when you consider they set up the tables and clean
up after us as well as provide a low cost lunch to our members. We
are very fortunate to have a place to hold all our Thursday groups, monthly
meetings and several other club functions there. We should make every effort
to help them out by all becoming members of their organization.
June 29th thru July 7th – Kutztown, Pa.
200 folk artists and craftsmen will be demonstrating their
work at this Pennsylvania German Festival… For info call (888)
674-6136 or free brochure visit them on the web at: www.Kutztownfestival.com
July 6th- Mystic Conn. 21st annual Woodcarvers
Day at Old Mystic Village. Outdoor show (rain date is July 7th)
Free admission. For info call (860) 742-3253
July 13th-14th - Cooksburgh, Pa. 18th annual
wood show and Carving competition at Cook Forest Sawmill Center for
the Arts. For info call (814) 744-9670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
website is www.sawmill.org
July 19th-21st – Clayton, NY 34th annual Decoy and
Wildlife Art Show at Recreation Park Arena. For info
call (315) 686-5794 or email to email@example.com website is www.thousandislands.com/timuseum
By Dick Moran
The program for our next meeting
on July 2 is Carving Corner Faces by Harold Kaltenbach. Also,
members are asked to bring a recently completed carving to share with everyone
during the "Show and Tell" portion of our meeting.
Programs for the nest two months are as follows:
Aug. 6 – “Everyone Carves Something" night.
Everyone is asked to bring some woodcarving tools and whatever carving project
he/she is currently working on. Also, members are asked to bring a
recently completed carving to share with everyone during the "Show and Tell"
portion of this informal program.
Sept. 3 – Birdcarving?? At the present
time I am still trying to get in contact with Allen Aardsma, the resident
carver at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to do a program on
birdcarving. If anyone can help put me in contact with him…please give me
a call at 371-8708. If we are unable to get a commitment from him in a timely
fashion, I will try to organize another program on birdcarving for that night.
Highlights of May Meeting…
A motion to hold a 2003 Show was approved
CBA will be reserved for May 3 and 4.
Contact Pat Trudeau or Betty Dykstra when
greeting cards need to be sent to Club Members.
Carol Ayers needs replacement for Club clothing
The Town of Glen is looking for exhibitors
for an August 24th Saturday in the Park event. An 8x10 space cost
is $15.00 to be set up by 10:00 AM and staffed until 4:00 PM for the Fine
Arts Show and Sale. To register, contact Marcia Keller by July 31 at PO
Box104, Fultonville, NY, 12072.
A Club Historian is needed to replace Ron
Redmond who has resigned.
A Nativity Scene was again approved for the
2003 raffle, 50% of the proceeds up to $500.00 to be donated to the Inman
Center. Members who do not carve Nativity figures are requested to
carve a Christmas ornament for auction.
Volunteers are needed to cover the carving
booth at the Altamont Fair August 13 to 18. Sign up at the July meeting
or contact Walt LeClair.
Because postal rates will be increased soon,
Club dues will be increased to cover the cost of publishing and mailing
the Newsletters. Effective September, dues will be $10 per household address.
These should have been in the last issue…
MVAWA Show 2002
As I look back on our recent
show, I think we did very well. The number of carvers was about the
same and would have exceeded last year had it not been for some personal tragedies.
Attendance was up slightly and the financials were favorable.
One last time, I would like to thank all
those who helped along the way in whatever capacity. The challenges
facing us in 2003 appear to be increasing the attendance and getting more
carvers. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.
Al Doty - Show chairman 2002
Special Thanks to Peter Paulding for working
tirelessly at the front door and welcoming the patrons to our show…
Great job Pete!
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
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 on species.
For any information on the above items please contact Walt LeClair @
Craftsman Wood Lathe
- with live center, face plate and set of turning tools. $150
Craftsman Tabletop Shaper
– with numerous cutters. $85 Call Ev Botsford at 518-438-4788
Club Crew Neck
Sweatshirt - size Medium - Never worn - wrong size ordered -
If interested please call Fred Jenzer @ 518-384-7313 or e-mail
Collector - Model # NN720 - Paid $260.00 for it will take $130 -
Runs on 110 or 220 volts. Call Tony Monte @ 518-357-4602
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Saw Mill - used to convert logs to lumber- 36" w/accessories - very
Timber Bear Chain Saw w/ripping chain and w/extra chains - very good
Please call Steve Madej @ 518-842-7219 if you are interested in these
- 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 @ email@example.com
- For sale - Please contact Gordon Litke @ 584-1128
********* 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
……it's free! Don't forget that you can also place an Ad for something
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
- 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
- Apron, natural
with no pocket is $8.50
- Hat, tan is
- Club embroidered
patch is $3.50
- Club static cling decals
(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
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.
Jokes in the
As the editor pro temp, I take full responsibility for the jokes in the
March edition of the newsletter. But they certainly were not "smut," as they
have been called. There is nothing "obscene" or "pornographic" about them,
the terms usually associated with smut. Nor do I think they were in "bad
taste." They originally appeared in a Springfield, Mass. newspaper, and the
New York Times (by way of the Times Union). All of these are respectable
publications that may be quoted in polite conversation by tolerant people
with a sense of humor.
-- Robert Meyers
117 Riverview Parkway
Rome, N.Y. 13440
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