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Mohawk Valley Art & Woodcarving Association

December 2004

Edited by Eric Lawrence
Web published by Mike Bloomquist

Next Meeting: Jan 4th, 2005
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Inman Senior Citizen Center, Amsterdam, NY
<>Program:     Carving the Human Head with Carl Borst

Letter from the President

Unsung heroes?  Well, that might be a slight hyperbole... but our club certainly does owe them a debt of gratitude.


The first person to whom I refer is a relatively new member of our club who certainly is not afraid to take on responsibility.  I am speaking, of course, about our newsletter editor-in-chief, Eric Lawrence.  Two years ago, he unwittingly volunteered to publish the newsletter for a few months while our regular newsletter editor was out-of-town.  Little did he know that he would be assuming the responsibility for a much longer time.  We cannot thank him enough for his willingness to continue working, now under the official title of "Editor-in-chief" (of which he sometimes threatens to take advantage).  Eric has continually improved the quality of our publication and continually seeks new ideas for its further improvement.  He has done an outstanding job for which we are truly indebted!


And what about Mike Bloomquist?  No sooner than he had the opportunity to "retire" as our outgoing President for the past three years, than I pounced upon him to assume responsibility for updating and maintaining our club web site... which he originally volunteered to set up in 1999.  Within a few weeks of assuming that role again, a number of us received an e-mail from him letting us know that our latest edition of the newsletter, including "Show and Tell" and program photos, was available on the web at...


Mike urged us to spread the word about the newsletter, and I'm glad that I did!  Within a day, I received an e-mail from one of our old friends, Mal Doolittle.  While many of us have fond memories of Mal, for those of you who don't know him, it should suffice to say that he was a longtime member of our association, our main supplier of wood (prior to Walt LeClaire), and founder of the "Scoharie Chippers".  Mal and his wife decided to move south about 6 years ago, and frequently keeps in touch with several current members, myself included.


Mal writes: “I really like the newsletter (on the web) to help keep us old timers up to date as to the happening in the MVAWA.”  He continues, “There is a new place that just opened here in Lynchburg. It is a restored old sawmill. They are selling custom made furniture and woodcarvings and also have a large space and great set up of tools to teach woodworking as well as carving. I hope to become part of things as a ‘helper’ in teaching carving. As soon as they get a web site I'll let you know. Best of luck as president of the MVAWA.”  


I think Mal’s letter illustrates just one reason why the rejuvenation of our club’s website is important.  It affords non-members an opportunity to become aware of the many great accomplishments of our club and about individual members as they develop their woodcarving skills.  Simply stated, the on-line website furthers the cause of woodcarving which should be one of our primary goals as a club.


So Mike, many thanks for your efforts to promote woodcarving through our club - past and present!


One final note…we just received a prompt and beautifully worded “Thank you” from Jeanette Stevens-Daury, the new Executive Director of the Horace J. Inman Senior Citizens Center, for our $200 donation toward new lighting for the center.  She also thanked us for our past donations to the center.  The letter will be read in its entirety at our January meeting.


Hope all who had the good fortune to attend our December PotLuck Holiday dinner meeting had a great time; George Hallenbeck presented a great slideshow for all to enjoy.  We hope you will join us to ring in 2005 at our January 4 th meeting.  Please note that meetings cancelled by inclement weather are always postponed to the following Tuesday.

Dick Moran


December 7, 2005

There were no meeting minutes this month... we were too busy enjoying the dinner to do any business. 

Inman Center Report

December 2004
The Inman membership meeting was cancelled last week because it snowed and has not been rescheduled.  Next meeting will be in January.

Martha Colinas
Inman Center Liaison

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Special Notices



We've been asked to announce that the Northeast Woodworkers Association will be holding its fourth annual woodworking weekend... open to woodworkers of all interests and skill levels... on Jan. 29 and 30, 2005, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.  Registration for the two-day event is $95 ($75 for NWA members.  Registrants will be able to choose from eight rotations of seven rooms for a total of 56 lecturers and demonstrations by nationally known and regional experts on topics related to all aspects of woodworking.  Pre-registration is required to take advantage of lunch provisions; however, walk-in attendees are welcome.  For further information contact Bill McCormack.

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Classified Adds


Call Carol Ayers 518-587-6841


or to

to place an ad.

Please call or e-mail when your items have been sold

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Club Apparel
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 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 $7.50
  • 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.

You can place an order by e-mailing me, Ron Batcher or writing me at  2708 Granville Ave. Schen. NY 12306 or phoning me at 518-346-4090(evenings) or 518-270-5108 ext 28(days).

This Month's Pattern

The pattern below, of a baseball player, was drawn by Carl Borst.  He has  given his permission for us to publish the pattern in our newsletter. Color photocopies of his recently completed carving, with views from four sides, are available from the MVAWA for $1 and a stamped self-addressed envelope sent to


Eric Lawrence  

478A Moe Road  

Clifton Park, NY    12065-3803


All proceeds, in excess of costs of printing, go to the club treasury.


We would appreciate it, if you have an original pattern that you would like to share with our club members, that you send it by mail to the above address or as an e-mail attachment to  If you wish to provide photos of a completed version of the carving send those similarly.  The patterns and photos will be distributed under these same conditions.

ballplayer pattern

Shop Tips

Many of you have, through necessity and inventiveness, designed and produced equipment to aid you in your woodcarving.  What you have produced may be of great benefit to other carvers in the MVAWA.  We would like to include your ideas in this monthly newsletter.

A design pattern and/or photograph along with a brief description of materials and costs and any directions you think would be helpful, should be mailed to

Eric Lawrence   

478A Moe Road   

Clifton Park, NY    12065-3803

 or E-mailed to

To start things off, we include an idea, diagrammed below, submitted by  Ernie Theslow.*



I needed a portable hanging support for my flexshaft Dremel.  I had in mind ease of assembly and low transport weight.


1/2” PVC electrical conduit, 10’ length -$1.09 at Home Depot

1/4 “ x  4” eyebolt – $1.24 at TrueValue Hdwr.

3”x 9” scrap hardwood (oak in my case) - $???

I chose the conduit over white PVC pipe because the 10' conduit length comes with a molded connector on one end which provides a longer (about 2"), more stable overlap of the sections than a pipe connector (about 3/4") does. It’s also less expensive.

The lengths of the segments of conduit were selected for transport convenience. If you want to have more segments, another section of conduit with its connector is only $1.09 and you’ll probably find a use for the letfover.

The base was made with two thinner pieces rather than one thicker piece of wood, to provide a high collar around the pipe base but also to allow the use of a smaller clamp to clamp it to the bench. The glue joint and grain overlaps add to the strength.

 I had to cut out, using a Dremel Cutoff wheel, a small section of the eyebolt loop to allow for the passage of the hanger on the Dremel.

<>I’ve seen support rods that go completely through the base and allow for “infinite” height adjustment. This can be accomplished by drilling the collar hole completely through the base and drilling through the side of the collar for some type of set screw assembly.
* You may recognize Ernie as the inventor of versions 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the wheel.

hanger bracket diagram

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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Kay Borst 355-2933


Want Ads by Jan. 13, to
    Carol Ayers (see above)
or to
    Eric Lawrence ( )

News Articles by Jan. 14,
    Eric Lawrence ( ) and to
    Dick Moran (

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