Mohawk Valley Art &
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist
Next Meeting: November 6th,
Program: Carving Kachinas with
Letter from the President
OK, that wasn't so painful after all. We're talking about my first
club meeting as president. A lot of credit goes to all those committee
members and other folk who kept it moving along so well. The business
part of the meeting was kept to 45min despite a couple of, umm… distractions
from the Oneida County Gang. Good thing for them I wasn't driving
that night. I think there may have been ulterior motives in Carl's
advice that I keep the meeting to 45min. It definitely allowed more
time for his program on carving hands. That's fine by me… especially
when he's got such a great track record with his carving programs.
This one was no different, and well worth the loooooong wait, and endless
string of postponements. Even conducting the program while he was
wounded didn't detract from the evening. No, the wound was not self
inflicted. Let's squash that vicious rumor right now.
Hey Gang, we have a couple of club committees in need of chairpersons.
Well, maybe only one committee in need of one chairperson. Due to
health reasons, Sister Mary Ellen is giving up her spot at Public
Relations for our carving show. Carl Borst showed some interest
in the job. We're hopeful Carl might take on a real job now that he's
given up that cushy position as club president. We should get confirmation
on that at the next meeting. We hope Sr. Mary Ellen begins feeling
well enough to visit us from time to time. We miss her. On another
subject, after several fine years as club historian, Ron Redman would
like to turn the job over to someone willing to take it on. Any interested
members should be at the next meeting to raise their hand and volunteer.
Not sure if this belongs with matters presidential, but hey... rank-has-its-privilege.
We got lots of members doing good woodcarving stuff out there.
Walt LeClair and Joe Rusik participated in a craft show in Newcomb,
which was part of Teddy Roosevelt Days. These guys probably promoted
woodcarving as much as they sold carvings (maybe more). The note from
Walt says their wives were along to check on them. No surprise in
that! On Oct 8th and 22nd Walt taught classes on carving Love Spoons
at Sr. Mary Ellen’s place. Still in the future, Walt will be at a
craft show at Altamont Grade School on Nov 4th. and on Nov 17th he’s at
the Christian Brothers Academy for their big craft show. Hey Walt!...
I’ll be at CBA too... and Yvonne’s going be there to check on me (and sell
some of her decorative paintings on wood). I’ll bet there are
two booths with piles of woodchips left behind after that ones over.
If anyone makes it to any of these events , make sure to drop by and say
‘Hi’(no purchase necessary).
Well, that’s it from the Prez this month. See you all at the meeting
Keep on Carvin’
Here are a couple of events coming up in August...
There will be at a craft show at Altamont Grade School
on Nov 4th. For more details please contact Walt LeClair
Christian Bros. Academy will host their fourth annual
Arts and Craft Festival on Sat. Nov. 17, 2001 (9:00am-5:00pm
) at their Albany campus. Space is available at a rate of $40.00.
Some spaces with electrical outlets are available (on a first come-first
serve basis, determined by request and submittal of a signed and paid
contract). Two 8 ft. tables and two chairs are available with each space.
Set up time is available Friday evening Nov. 16, 2001 (6:00pm--8:30
pm). the school will open at 6:30am on Saturday morning for those
who prefer to set up the day of the Festival. CBA Cadets will be available
both Friday evening and Saturday morning to help unload upon arrival
and reload upon departure (5:00pm - 6:00pm Saturday
For more information contact the following.
Brother Patrick McNally (518)452-9809 - Ext. 119
Cynthis Gagnon (518)374-8330
Chris Halpin (518)371-2663
At our last meeting
October 2, 2001
President Mike Bloomquist called his first meeting to order.
- Treasurer Don Painter reported a balance of $5936.72
- Show Chairman Al Doty reported that this years Show
Dinner will be held at the Comfort Inn near the Albany Airport. There
will be a suggested donation of $1.00 at this years show which will be stated
on posters and flyers. The donation entitles show goers to a Nativity
- Carl Borst volunteered to be this years Show Publicity
Chairperson and members were urged to provide him with information on local
newspapers who might be used to promote our show.
- Walt LeClair made a motion that we split our usual
donation of $500 , from raffle proceeds, between two charities this
year and it was seconded by Martha Colinas and the membership agreed
by their vote. This year the club will donate $250 to both “WGY Christmas
Wish” and to the “Make a Wish Foundation”
- A contribution to the “Red Cross”, in response to the Sept.
11th tragedy, in the amount of $500 was also put to a vote and was agreed
upon by the membership.
- The meeting was followed by a “Show & Tell” lead by
Dick Moran then Carl Borst gave an informative
program on “How to Carve Hands”
If you would like to sell something and want to bring it to our monthly
meeting to display it, you can advertise it here first so that 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!
- Black & Decker 3" x 21" Belt Sander - Like
New - comes with extra belts…..$55.00
- Fordem Unit - Great Condition - Has foot operated
- Basswood - 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 @ 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
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
- Sears Craftsmen - 8" Bench Drill Press - $50.00
- Sears Craftsmen - Tablesaw -10" with stand and
dust sack plus an $82 blade all for $400.00
- Sears Craftsmen - 10" Radial Arm Saw with stand
- 14" Bandsaw (Elephant) with stand and rip fence
- RBI 216V Scroll Saw with stand - $550.00, hardly
- Sears Belt Sander 6" x 48" and stand - $75.00
Only serious inquiries, please. Call Ray Alotta 479-3138 between
the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To place want ads for any wood carving related
items please contact Carol Ayers by e-mail at "
or by "snail mail" at
3 Poe Court
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
or by phone at
By Dick Moran
The program for our next meeting on November 6th will be
"Carving Kachinas "presented by Monte Foster. It should be a
very interesting program; Monty has his own unique way of planning and carving
Also, don't forget to bring along any recently completed carvings
for our monthly "Show and Tell" portion of the program.
Finally, please be aware that the Robert Statlander "Relief Carving"
workshop scheduled for May 6, 7 & 8, 2001, is filled; in a record time
of one week, all 12 (maximum class size) participants paid their nonrefundable
$25 deposits. If anyone of those 12 wishes to change his/her mind, please
see Jim Harvey who would be more than willing to refund your nonrefundable
$25 deposit in order to take your place.
Hard to believe another year
has passed already! It’s that time again! Your Club Dues are Due! Still
a great bargain at $6 for single $10 for a family membership. Please
Make checks payable to MVA&WC Association Send Dues to treasurer;
1397 Currybush Rd.
Schenectady, N.Y. 12306
Or pay him at the next meeting....
Mike in Motion
"The hurrieder I go, the behinder
Sorry Folks, this is going to be a quick word or two this month. We’re
keeping the spot warm so John doesn’t drop it all together <grin>.
Anyway, no prolixity this time, but just wait until next month Friends.
They’re going to have to create a new word just to cover the level of prolixity
I reach (whoever ‘they’ are). A quick tip to those who carve love spoons...
be careful about making them as wedding gifts, they tend to generate many
commissions afterward, which is part of the reason I’m jammed up this Fall.
I hate passing up commissions for wood carvings. This is especially
annoying when it involves unique and interesting projects like control stick
grips for an airplane restoration project, or a carousel horse. But
hey! There are only so many hours in a day (that’s still 24 right?), and you
need to save some time for your own brain children, and then there’s that
pesky day job.
Speaking of the new and unique, I had a nasty case of ‘writers block’ last
month for the first time that I can recall. Yes Ron, you do have to
be a writer to get a real case of writer’s block. Thanks for pointing
that out. It would seem that woodcarvers getting woodcarver’s block
would be more common, but I haven’t heard of many cases among our ranks.
Then again, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing... woodcarvers getting woodcarver’s
block. Oh well, knock-on-wood I guess.
Another reason this is abnormally brief is my immanent road trip to Pigeon
Forge, TN. Yes, I’m going to Dollywood. Before vicious rumors
get started, I admire Dolly Parton as a performer, but I’m definitely a classic
rocker, appreciator of classical, and New Age fan... no Country. Sorry,
but there it is. Actually, my wife is dragging me there, but wait!
I was baited. There is a Tennessee Woodcarver’s Guild show complete
with CCA membership meeting mixed in, and all three of the CCA combined
projects in residence. Then there’s a reception afterwards. Give
you all the gory details right here, in next months newsletter. Like
I said, ‘prolixic’ just won’t cut it anymore... bet my VP, George Hallenbeck
comes up with a new word though.
Full of It, as Usual,
By Carol Ayers
SHIRTS, HATS, APRONS AND PATCHES…
Since we have so many new members in our club I would like to
explain what is available to our club members and how the ordering works.
All of the items are embroidered with our club logo and the pricing
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
(sales tax is included in all the pricing)
Ordering these items is as follows:
Patches are on hand and can be bought from me at any time. Shirts,
sweatshirts and aprons need a total of 6 orders, any combination.
Hats need a total of 12 orders. When I receive enough orders, I will
then request the money for your order and then place the order
with the company. Orders usually take from 1 to 2 weeks to complete
depending of the availability of the items.
Right now, I have orders for 3 hats and I need 9 more before I can put
in an order. If you have been thinking about ordering but have been putting
it off, now is the time to do it. I just put in an order for T-shirts,
aprons and sweatshirts an it only took one week for them to come in. I am
starting a new list and only need a quantity of 6, I already have 1, and
only need 5 more. 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, Carol Ayers at:
or writing me at
3 Poe Court
or phoning me at
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
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