Mohawk Valley Art
& Woodcarving Association
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: Oct 1, 2002
Location: Inman Senior Citizen Center, Amsterdam, NY
Something" - with a special emphasis on carved Christmas Tree
from the President
Well Folks, either: 1) you’re all
gluttons for punishment, 2) nobody really wants the job, or 3) I’m doing
OK as president of this here woodcarving crew. Yeah, probably 4) all
of the above! Regardless, you’re stuck with me and my “letter from
the Prez” for another year, and I’m real proud to be here. More good
news: George Hallenbeck stays on as my VP and Don Painter is doing
another term as our treasurer. Bad news: We lose Martha as secretary
(again). Good news: Paul Ferenczy steps in at secretary for the coming
year. I think this is his first stint at the “big table”, so go easy
on him. <Mental Note: Remember to sit between Paul and where ever Ron
Meyers is sitting>
Dick Moran! I don’t have any idea how you come
up with all these programs, but they are awesome. I got e-mail from
a couple in the Onondaga Club (Syracuse) that were interested in MVAWA
membership specifically for the club programs. This past one with
Allen Aardsma from the Adirondack Museum was on the top of my list for
the year. Lots of good “stuff”, and if you missed him at the club
meeting there is a good possibility he will be at our Woodcarving Show.
He says he doesn’t like to compete (Thank God!), but was real interested
in being a judge. It’s to bad we have to finish up the year with that
Borst fella, but you can’t hit them all out of the park Dick. I can
get away with saying that… Carl says he never reads this part of the newsletter
Well Gang, I’ve gotta get packed for the weekend.
I’m going to South China, Maine to see a whole bunch of woodcarvers I’ve
known for a couple years, but never met… in person. These folks are
part of a computer chat group for woodcarvers that meet on Sundays and Wednesday
nights. Last fall I missed this yearly shindig, but not this year.
Want to catch it before it moves West. “Lobstah”, a lake, loons,
and woodcarving, you gotta love it. Give you all the gory details
next issue. So, keep those edges keen, the chips piled high, and remember…
you didn’t have to put up with this abuse for another year if you had voted
Highlights of Sept Meeting…
- Show report is being readied for publication
in Chip Chats.
- John Raucci would appreciate articles for the
Newsletter by the 15th of each month.
- Wood for Nativity figures will be available at
the October meeting. Ron Myers will have pictures of Christmas ornaments.
Please plan to pick up whatever you need to start carving.
- Dues of $10.00 should be sent to Don Painter
or paid at the October meeting if you were not at the September meeting.
- Jim Molitor is the Chairman of the Beaver Project,
the Saranac Carousel carving figure.
- A $50.00 donation will be made to the Kiwanis
Club, who maintains the Park where our picnics are held.
- Fred Jenzer, assisted by Dick Moran, will purchase
a portable loudspeaker for use during meetings.
- Officers elected for the coming year are
- Mike Bloomquist- President
- George Hallenbeck- Vice president
- Paul Ferenczy- Secretary
- Don Painter-Treasurer.
- Dick Moran selected another excellent program.
The bird, turtle, and frog carvings were displayed by Allen Aardsma, resident
carver at Blue Mountain Museum. His commentary covered experiences
in his carving career, carving methods and sale
New Membership Chairman!
Eric Lawrence has graciously
agreed to take over duties as Membership Chairman. He will be responsible
for signing up new members and keeping our club membership lists up to
date. He will be a great asset to the club and he should be congratulated
for stepping up to the task. I really appreciate his help and
will now be able to lighten my load to only newsletter duties.
By Dick Moran
The program for our next meeting
on Oct. 1 - Everyone Carves Something" night. Everyone is asked to bring some
woodcarving tools and whatever carving project he/she is currently working
on…with a special emphasis on carved Christmas Tree Decorations which can
be donated for our show’s fund raiser. Also, members are asked to bring a
recently completed carving to share with everyone during the "Show and Tell"
portion of this informal program.
The programs scheduled for the next
few months are as follows:
Nov. 6 – Carving the Human
Figure - Carl Borst
Dec. 4 - Christmas party (potluck
dinner). Bring your favorite Christmas carving for display. Slide Show
of Club Activities - George Hallenbeck
We had 10 members show up and demonstrate their
talents to the “old timers” on Sept.7th at the Altamont Fair grounds. This
was the 1st year that I had an opportunity to be apart of it, and like Peter
Paulding, it will take a major disaster to keep me away from any future
ones. We set up at our own tent with 8 tables set up in a circle around
9:00 AM to find coffee and pastries being served all over the grounds.
This was followed by their serving hot chili , and clam chowder. Then the
word came down that the Budwieser tent was open and it became every man
for himself. All during the day, in addition to the
before mentioned goodies, soda,
fried dough, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches. Then of course came a full
blown dinner of your choice of chicken & ribs, or beef, or salmon complete
with all the veggy trimmings. Oh and of course the ice cream truck was
there all day with a variety of treats. This was all free for the taking
along with free games and prizes.
heard what the head count was, but their sure were a lot of people
as the weather was picture perfect, and as mentioned earlier a lot of “old
folks”. It got Ron and I thinking that working for GE a long time made
these people walk bent over. Then about 10:30 Ron spotted 8 turkey
vultures circling the fair grounds and we concluded that they were savvy enough
to see the potential of as Good Thing.
We all had
a good day and enjoyed telling everyone, interested enough to come to our
tent , about our great hobby and organization. I cant believe that
they invite us there every year - feed us, treat us with respect, and then
pay us $100 for coming!
hears about another deal like this - please call me and I will gladly
chair that event also.
For years Ron
& Bettie Myers have represented us at the Fonda-Fulton County Fair.
This year they were helped by, Martha Colinas, Marcus Kruger, George Hallenbeck
and Walt LeClair, a formidable array of talent, who displayed and demonstrated
their wares as well. Thank you all for creating much interest, and
promoting our club and woodcarving to many of the fair attendees.
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CHERYL DOW WORKSHOP
By Dick Moran
in signing up for the Cheryl Dow Workshop on Woodburning scheduled for May
5, 6 &7, 2003 should do so as soon as possible ; we currently have 10
people signed up for a maximum of 12 openings. The cost for the workshop
is now $175. A nonrefundable $75 deposit is due at the time of signing up.
The balance of payments will be due by April 3, 2003 with a $1 per day late
fee. Checks should be made out to the Mohawk Valley Art & Woodcarving
Association or MVAWA. See Dick Moran to sign up...or to ask any questions
about the workshop.
You can check out Cheryl Dow's website at www.cheryldow.com or her regularly
published articles on wood burning in ChipChats for information on her work
and the types of projects done by her students in similar workshops.
*Deposits and payments will only be refunded in the event that the workshop
has to be canceled because of inadequate numbers, cancellation by the presenter,
etc. However the original person to make payments to the MVAWA can turn over
his/her deposits or payments-in-full to another interested party.
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DESIREE HAJNY SEMINAR/CLASS
Dolores V. Kramkowski
class is tentatively set up for the weekend of October 18th 2003. It will
be on Friday evening, and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Cost is $150.00 per person. Deposit of $50.00 by end of January. This
does not include the carving blank, which goes according to pick of project.
I need a maximum of 12 people and a minimum of 10.
Please contact me if you are interested in signing up for this class.
It is a great opportunity to learn some new ideas and techniques. You
can email me at Carverd@localnet.com or phone me at 518-234-3980. Or
you can see me at the next meeting. I must know very soon as to whether
there will be enough people to hold this class so please let me know
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Thursday at the Inman Center
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28 carvers in attendance
Foster replacing his Pooh Bear carving! First one
was stolen from his shop. I had the tail of my jackass carving broken twice
but none tried to steal it! Monte is doing his usual good job, guess
he better keep it chained!
Saw John Paige's 24" Owl! A marvelous paint job following a
fine carving! The claws are handmade and this is superb Owl with a
Bill DiCaprio finally
finishing up his Golfer. It has great eyes! Should be able to
line up those putts! Bill is a 6-handicap golfer; which is great. He's
also an 18-handicap carver! Just kidding Bill, I think!
Bill Johnson fiddling
around with a piece of teakwood. It's going to be a "fiddle spoon"
Larry Jasenski has
that "oh what a relief it is" feeling! He's finishing up 3 or 4 more.
A lady’s face in an attractive carved frame, a 1928 Model T and the First
Motor Home, a caricature of a Box Turtle! He's brought a new enthusiasm
to our club! Keep it up Larry!
Chris Schmocher is
carving a relief for his neighbor in Fla. the one who watches his new home.
It's in butternut and has a beautiful grain' but presenting your neighbor
with Spring's first flower, a Skunk Cabbage may take some explaining!
Ev Bottsford brought
in a fat headed Flicker. It's really not but it sounds quaint!
As ever Ev's birds are delight and the Flicker is no exception. The presentation
is neat and the feathering and painting is first class.
Eric Lawrence is
doing Halvor a character from Harley Refsal's book. Eric is doing just
fine with this type of carving and he is becoming a fine carver!
Jim Harvey carving
Swedish characters by the dozen! He' finishing a policeman with a billy
club and a nice carving it is! But someone told him the buttons weren't
right but Jim likes them his way! You could say Jim was told "you
don't have all your buttons, right"?
New carver Tony DeGutes doing a Xmas relief. He has done many
others, mushroom and a guitar and Santas, all nicely done. Hope to
see a lot of you on Thursdays. Holler if you need any help.
RCREOHR SR on the bottom of this carving looked like RODEOHORSE! Turns
out to be R.C. Reohr S.R.! Anyway Dick's carvings
are a joy but his signature is a bit vague! The carving is a
black bear sitting on a dead tree! Doesn't sound like much, right?
Well it's a fine carving and a fine base and presentation. Now if Dick
could only spell and write! Oh Well!!!
Many Thanks to Carol Ayers--
for the great job she has done setting up the purchasing system for Club
the best source, ordered, picked up and delivered shirts, hats and aprons
with Club logo, patches and decals. For several years, she did
her best to keep us well dressed.
passed the job on to Ron Batcher, who stepped forward to take on the job.
To reach him, WDCHAIN@NYCAP.RR.COM, 346-4090, or 2708 Granville Ave.,Schenectady,
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By Jim Strout
The first Carousels in the United States appeared around 1867. The first
is credited to Gustav Dentzel, a German immigrant cabinetmaker. He had a
Shop in the Philadelphia area and he constructed and operated a portable
horse driven carousel in and around the Philadelphia area. Carousels
were not new to Dentzel as his father had built and operated several machines
As their popularity grew, other companies
emerged in Philadelphia, New York City and Tonawanda, NY. About this time,
Frederick Savage adapted the steam engine to machinery that rotated the Carousel
platform. He also created the mechanism that that added a galloping motion
up and down. Eventually about a dozen companies were producing machines at
the height of their popularity. The so-called golden age of the Carousel lasted
from about 1905 until about 1925.
There generally is accepted, three basic styles, The Philadelphia style -
Realistic animals in natural poses. Gustav Dentzel, Daniel Muller, Master
Carver Salvatore Cemigliaro, and the Philadelphia Tobaggan Co.(P.T.C). The
Coney Island Style - Flashy Animals with Dramatic Details. Marcus Illions,
Charles Loof, Charles Carmel, Master carver John Zaiar, Solomon Stein, and
Harry Goldstein. Country Fair Style - Used primarily in traveling carousels
strong and functional, sometimes less realistic. Simply carved to hold up
in transit. Charles Dare, Charles W. Parker, and the Herschell and Spillman
Families. There were two basic types of machines. Park Machines, which were
Large and very elaborate with as many as 80 animals and housed, in a permanent
Enclosure. The other type was the Traveling carousel, which were smaller
and with less elaborate carvings. The animals were more compact and sturdier
to withstand the rigors of travel and handling. The large park carousels
were often elaborately decorated with additional carvings on the Rounding
Boards and shields that covered the upper machinery', and with carved a
mirrored panels below to cover the drive mechanism. Band organs that furnished
the distinctive carousel music were often housed in large carved wooden
cases. They sometimes included animated carved figures that moved with the
Some interesting notes about carousels; In the United Kingdom the Carousels
turned Clockwise, while in Europe and the United States they turned Counter
Clockwise. That made the right side of the Animal the side that faced out
towards the crowds. This side was called the Romance side as it was the side
that was most decorated, usually with highly decorative trappings replete
with glass jewels. The outside row horses were mostly slanders, with at least
three hoofs on the floor. They were the biggest and fanciest of all the animals,
with their heads turned to the right, their manes flying and always heavier
on the right side of their neck.
There were three basic positions, Standers, where three or more feet were
on the ground. Prancers; where one or two feet were on the ground, and Jumpers;
where no feet were on the ground. This was the mechanized animals that went
up and down.
Most carousel animals were horses, but almost every type of animal has been
carved and used on a Carousel. Some fantasy animals as well (half horse and
half fish, called a Hippocampus). If a carousel contained animals other than
horses it was termed a menagerie carousel. There was always one horse that
was fancier than all the rest, this was called the Lead horse. This is where
the ticket taker started and ended when collecting tickets.
The maintenance of the carousel animals was often left to the park employees.
More often than not they were repainted with available enamel straight from
the can. This color scheme was often termed "Park Paint". "Roach Mane" (cropped)
Horses were often mistaken by park employees as zebras and given a striped
Carousels were often called various other names, such as: Rundabouts, Gallopers,
Whirlagigs and Merry go rounds. Gold leaf Manes, the innovation of Illions,
later became the trademark of Coney Island Carvings. Due to the way
a Carousel is made, the size of the animals becomes smaller as you move from
the outer to the inner row. Also the position of the head and legs was determined
by what row the animal was in. The decoration also became plainer as you
moved to the inner rows, Almost every full size Carousel horse ever produced
was approximately one foot wide. The bodies were generally slab sided boxes
with little shaping. The overall length of a full sized hardly ever exceeded
six feet. Most of the wood was Basswood (Linden). It is lightweight, strong
and easy to carve. Most of the original carvers were immigrants from Europe
and were familiar with European Linden. One exception was that the horses
carved in the New York area, especially Tonawanda were of Popular because
it was readily available local wood. The figures were built up of many smaller
pieces with the body built like a hollow box. Various jobs in the production
were assigned based on the skills of the craftsman, from cutting parts on
the band saw, to gluing up the major assemblies, to carving the body and
legs and finally the "Head Man" who carved the head and mane. Many variations
were derived by using the same body and changing the position of the legs
and head. Other times the same animal was modified only by changing the decorative
trappings. The original carousels, of which only about 200 remain of the
thousands that were produced, are enjoying a renaissance. In 1973,
carousel historian Frederick Fried wrote a book entitled " A Pictorial History
of the Carousel". The publication of this book seemed to renew interest
in the preservation of carousel art. A number of groups were started
among enthusiasts two of which are the National Carousel Association and
the American Carousel Society. These organizations, along with corporate
sponsors are attempting to save the remaining original carousels and to
restore them to their original condition. A number of them have been renovated
and are now featured rides at large amusement, theme parks and Malls.
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 *********
Table Saw - 10" Craftsman with 2 extensions, optional XR-2424 fence,
retractable casters, many extras $200.00. Call Carol Ayers @ 518-587-6841
or e-mail email@example.com
Basswood - Cut to Order - Also some Cherry and Butternut….Prices
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 @ 518-861-6544
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaskan Chain Saw Mill - used to convert logs to lumber- 36" w/accessories
- very good condition $100.00
McCulloh 20" Timber Bear Chain Saw w/ripping chain and w/extra
chains - very good condition $175.00
Please call Steve Madej @ 518-842-7219 if you are interested
in these items.
Craftsman Wood Lathe - with live center, face plate and set of turning
Craftsman Tabletop Shaper - with numerous cutters. $85 Call Ev
Botsford at 518-438-4788
- 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
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 WANTED.
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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 $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 is $3.50
Club static cling decals are $2.00
(sales tax is included in all the pricing)
Ordering these items is as follows:
Patches, hats and decals are on hand and can be bought from me at any time.
Shirts, sweatshirts and aprons need a total of 6 orders, any combination.
I HAVE HATS FOR SALE.
From now on, I will try to always have club hats on hand just like the patches
and static cling decals for the car window. It is great to
have a hat, club shirt or logo apron or sweatshirt when doing the fairs or
demos or shows. You can place an order by e-mailing me,
Batcher WDCHAIN@NYCAP.RR.COM or writing me at 2708 Granville Ave.
Schen. NY 12306 or phoning me at 518-346-4090.
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 1-800-809-4839 or 518-842-4839. If he is not there, Lisa
will help you.
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By Fred Jenzer
SCENECTADY GAZETTE, APRIL 27. 1987
CARVERS, COWBOYS AND INDIANS _ Characters from the American
frontier are among figures entered in the annual show and competition of the
Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Association by association members, from
left, Ron Myers, John Gomula and Monte Foster. Gomula and
Foster serve on the committee for the Saturday.
1987 Carving Show, Competition at Amsterdam Mall
- The Mohawk Valley Art
and Woodcarving Association will present its annual show and
competition Saturday, from Noon to 4pm at the Amsterdam Mall.
Nearly 60 carvers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts
and Virginia will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their
The competition has novice, intermediate and advanced classes in
17 carving categories, including human figures, song birds,
ducks, animals, relief and caricatures. A prize of $150 will be designated
for best of show, and prizes will be awarded in each class.
A whittling contest for exhibitors will be conducted Sunday from 12.30 to
2 p.m. by Marcus Kruger. Mike Wojtowski of Pittsfield, Mass., will show
his collection of antique and new woodcarvings acquired on trips to Poland.
Rick Butz of Blue Mountain Lake will be on hand to autograph copies of his
book, “How to Carve.” Three suppliers will sell carving tools and materials.
Roger Montgomery of Johnstown heads the show committee. Members
include Alice Montgomery, club president Monte Foster, Palatine Bridge; Everett
and Dorothy Byard,Duanesburg, and John Gomula and Marcus Kruger, Amsterdam.
Admission is free. The show has partial funding from the state
Council of the Arts Decentralization Program administered by the Schoharie
County Arts Council
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