The Newsletter of the Minnesota Vikings
Wood Carvers Association
Volume 33 Number 2
Minnesota Vikings Wood Carvers
7425 17th Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423-4624
Meeting Location - Meeting Time –
Knights of Columbus, 4th Monday of the
1114 West 79th Street, Meetings start
at 7:00 PM
Bloomington, MN 55435
February Meeting: Tool
March Meeting: Marquetry - Will
Things to remember: Have
you filled out your interest poll? If not,
please take a moment now, complete it, and bring it to the Feb.
meeting. Are there topics you would like to see at our meetings? Jot
them down on a piece of paper and bring them along to the Feb. meeting.
You can leave them at the greeter’s table. Do you have any projects
that you are working on or have questions about? If so, bring them with
to share with your fellow club members? Arrive early so you can view
member projects and products for sale.
Calendar of Events
February 26, 2007 Program Preview
Presenter: Many different
Theme: Tool Sharpening
Members and their guests are invited
to bring a tool to this
meeting. We hope each of you will gain sharpening experience on the
sharpening system of your choice by operating it with the tool you
brought along. Mentor/demonstrators will be there to instruct and guide
Mar 10-11 Viking Show/Sale – Har
Mar Mall -- Roseville -- Russ Scott email@example.com
Mar 17-18 Metro Chapter
Display Show – Brookdale Mall -- Brooklyn Park
Mar 24-25 Rochester Carving
Show -- 4-H Bldg at the Fairgrounds –
Apr 13-15 Red River
Show/Sale/Classes -- Doublewood Inn -- Fargo, ND
Apr 14-15 Waterloo
Show/Sale/Competition -- NEIWCarve@aol.com
MN Woodcarving Display Show -- Whitney Sr. Center
Winnipeg Woodcarving Workshop, St. John’s College (UManitoba),
Jun 21-24 Davenport
IA -- Int’l
Woodcarvers Congress -- www.awcltd.org
Jun 28-30 Wahpeton ND --
Weekend -- Seminar -- NDSSC
Harmony MN -- Minowa Show/Sale -- Slim’s Woodshed
Jul 15-17 Waldorf
Workshop – Seminar –North Iowa Woodcarvers Guild – Waldorf College –
Forest City, IA
Jul 22-27 Doane
Experience – Crete NB Mid-America Woodcarvers -- Doane Collete
Blackduck MN -- Woodcarving Show/Sale – Wayside Park
April 7 Beginning Intarsia – WoodCraft
April 11 Open Carve-in / mini class
TBD – Burnsville Senior Center
May 9 Open Carve-in / mini class TBD –
Burnsville Senior Center
Wood Working Events
The Wood Working Show Mar. 2-4 @ St.
Paul Convention Center - www.thewoodworkingshows.com
Well, we’ve finished another fiscal
year with an excellent
Intarsia program from our own Swede Bengtson. Thank you,
we begin our new year with the February meeting and a new slate of
officers, with the recent addition of Swede as club Secretary.
board has met and is now in the process of establishing priorities and
action plans to address issues facing the club, not the least of which
has been a declining enrollment. We’ve already made changes in
approach to programs and providing information and services to club
members and will continue to do more. We are hopeful that over
this will energize each of us to more active participation in club
activities and recruitment of new members. To that end, I want to thank
19 hearty souls who have filled out the survey contained in the January
newsletter. This is providing valuable feedback, but is a much
sample size than I hoped for. So, if you haven’t filled out a
please do so and either mail it to me or drop it off at an upcoming
You’ll notice that we have a new
newsletter format this month.
I’m excited about it and Mike and I both welcome your feedback. You’ll
notice that the newsletter contains a new section on Club sponsored
classes, the first of which will be offered in April, and a
More will follow.
Neil is lining up programs for our
enlightenment and enjoyment.
In February, we’ll have an opportunity to try our hands at sharpening,
using various tools and techniques. A sharp knife or gauge makes
carving so much safer, easier and enjoyable. We intend to have a
marquetry demonstration in March, delivered by a world renowned
marguetarian. This will be most interesting. Also, we’ve
favorable comments about our carve-ins and intend to offer more this
spring. Please watch the newsletter for dates and times.
We will always be looking for
carving related items that are
donated to the club for sale to members. We thank those of you
have already made donations of your ideas, time and/or materials.
Please continue to help where you can.
Good carving to you all,
Dennis ‘Denny’ Schuster
Minnesota Vikings Wood Carvers Officers
& Contributing Members
Vice President /
22, 2007……by Swede Bengtson
In an effort to purify our membership
roster with correct spelling
of names, current addresses, correct telephone numbers and, if
available, email addresses, a welcome table with current officers was
placed at the entrance of the meeting room. Annual membership dues are
due on February 1 so placement of the table made it convenient to get
them paid. Are you wearing your name tag? Maybe you don’t have one,
better see Treasurer, Leo Mielke. Otherwise, look forward to having a
sticky one pasted to your outer garments at every meeting. We look
forward to seeing you at the welcome table each meeting!
The meeting was called to order by
President, Dennis Schuster.
There were 48 members present along with visitor and new member, Burt
Boudreaux. Welcome Burt! The treasurer’s and secretary’s reports were
approved and seconded as printed in the November, 2006 newsletter. As
of this meeting, there were 119 paid memberships.
As the newly elected Secretary, please
be kind and bear with me until I get this minutes thing down!
Income: $ 303.52
Expenditures: $ 118.44
End Balance: $ 3132.44
At our November 27, 2006 Art
asked for volunteers to
assist with woodcarving for Boy Scouts to earn their Woodcarving Merit
Badge. On January 20, 2007, ten Boy Scouts earned their Carving Merit
Badge. Special thanks to our members, Al Edwins, Dick Allen and
Krantz who assisted. No band aids were required by the scouts but
reports are that volunteers needed a few.
And, Clarence Moe was recognized for
the four page write-up in the
December, 2006 Carving Magazine. Congratulations to Clarence on this
22, 2007 …… by Neil Gillis
Presenter: Swede Bengtson
Theme: Intarsia, creating a relief
carving with colored wood
Presentation: Swede did a marvelous
job of leading the audience
through the Intarsia process. Following is a brief summery of the
highlights of his presentation:
1. Obtain a picture to be the pattern
for the creation – any image
(preferably in color) that would make a good relief carving can be used
as a pattern - make several copies of the pattern
2. Select wood of appropriate color to
emulate each part in the
picture - be sure to consider the usual carving considerations such as
wood grain, etc – remember to consider the thickness of the wood so
that proper elevations can be obtained during the carving process
3. Cut the wood to the shape of the
varies picture parts - scroll
saw blades suggested were #5 R (reverse) skip-tooth for the perimeter
cuts and #2 R, skip-tooth for internal cuts - keeping the saw blade
perpendicular to the saw table was stressed – sand the edges of the
parts (as needed) to fit them snuggly together,
4. Shape the parts so each has the
contour and elevation that make relief carvings take on their three
5. Finish all surfaces while pieces
are still disassembled – final
sanding should be done – leave back of the pieces unfinished for
gluing, one coat of finish on the edges, and as many coats of finish on
the front as needed to achieve the desired appearance
6. Make a backer board for mounting
the project – thin plywood or
waffle board was suggested as possible backing material – transfer the
perimeter of the pattern to the backer and cut out – some carvers cut
the outline to be the same size as the pattern, some cut it to be just
slightly less than the outline
7. Assemble the prepared pieces to
form the relief picture – some
carvers assemble the picture by gluing the edges of the pieces together
and then gluing the whole to the backer board, others assemble the
picture by gluing the individual pieces directly on the backer board.
Thanks to Swede’s organization and
knowledge I and others I talked
to came away from this program with the confidence that we too could
accomplish an “Intarsia” project.
* We’d like to extend our sympathies
to Terry Kloyda and her family
for the recent loss of his husband earlier this month. Our best
are with the family.
* George Effrem’s father
(Kris) is in
Merridian Manor Care Center,
Wayzata, after being attack by hoodlums and breaking his hip. The good
news is that Kris is walking with a walker. Due to the absence of Kris
in the store, George is looking for part time help to assist him with
various store activities. If interested, call George @ 612-927-7491.
Viking Carving Classes
Intarsia by Swede Bengtson. WoodCraft
Sat. April 7 9:00 to 5:00.
$50.00, plus $15.00 materials fee. Register at Feb. Viking meeting, NOT
Burnsville Senior Center: Open
Carve-in 6:00 – 9:00 classes to be determined.
* Wednesday April 11
* Wednesday May 9
& Tell items from Jan. 22, 2007
Acrylic & Wax
Western Red Cedar Varnish
Lew Forsmark Swedish
Eiler Wolf &
Red Oak/Black Walnut
1. Club Classes
We have made arrangements with
Woodcraft to hold our first class
(Intarsia by Swede) on Saturday, April 7. The maximum class size
and Viking members have three guaranteed seats at special
the three public seats are NOT filled by the Monday before class, we’ll
be able to fill them from our standby list.
* Special Viking Member Price:
$50.00, plus $15 materials fee (This is about half of the public class)
* Viking members sign-up at the
Welcome Table. Payment is due at the February meeting.
* We have three (3) guaranteed seats,
which we must fill. The class is guaranteed to be held.
* DO NOT sign-up at Woodcraft unless
you want to pay their public class price. We’ll handle your
* 10% discount (except power tools)
for student purchases in-store during class day.
* Additional classes can be quickly
scheduled for additional members, if necessary.
* Contact Swede or Denny if you have
2. Carve-In/Classes at
Burnsville Sr. Center:
We have two evenings reserved,
Wednesday April 11 and Wednesday May
9 6:00-9:00. Our intention is to hold these as open carve-ins
offer a small mini-class for those who might be interested. To
cost of the facility, members will be asked to donate $2 for the open
carve-in and $5 plus materials for participating in a specific mini
class. There will be no business meeting at these sessions.
The ‘Viking Cross’ is an adaptation of
an original pattern provided by Viking’s
member Bob Pitts and features a
cross. A picture of the actual 6” x
carving is included.
The pattern can be used in a relief,
in-the-round, etc. project, with carving style and wood choices limited
only by the imagination of the carver.
Relief: The project can be relieved
from a square, round, oval
piece of wood, with or without bark, or the outside entirely carved
away. Either will make a great wall hanging. Bob’s original project was
carved in three levels, with the inside loops and extremity arches
carved at the same level. The project is pierced and a groove is carved
out of the surrounding elements. The piece is carved in basswood and
painted with gesso and gold edges. Your project may use up several
levels, with the levels alternating, as with Bob’s, or progressing in
steps inside out or outside in. Each step may be in its own plane or
the entire background carved in a more sweeping manner.
Key points / Potential problems
Intarsia and/or Fretwork: The project
could be done in up to four
levels, adhered to a backer board that is either pierced or not. The
surrounding elements may be done as a single level of fretwork and the
carved cross adhered to the top in a contrasting wood.
Thank you Bob Pitts for
ideas and carvers, good luck in making a piece for Show & Tell.
SPRING SHOW AND
Har Mar Mall at Snelling and County Road B, Roseville, Minnesota
Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00
pm (7:30 Doors Open)
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 pm
(9:30 Doors Open)