The Newsletter of the Minnesota Vikings
Wood Carvers Association
Volume 33 Number 4
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
April Meeting: Open carve-in with emphasis
on relief caving. Relief carving with Charlie Eiler
May Meeting: TBD
survived another month of Minnesota weather and it finally
looks like spring is here. Hopefully, our attention hasn’t yet
away from carving in favor of other activities and tasks associated
with warmer weather. To that end, we’ve planned four (4) club
sponsored carving events during April and May. More details are
the newsletter. With the ‘snow birds’ coming back from their
sojourns, we should be seeing some additional old friends at our next
We were fortunate to hear Will Bondhus
speak about carving in
general and marquetry in particular at our March meeting. Will
been instrumental in the local carving scene for many years and enjoys
well deserved international recognition. His work, whether carved
in marquetry is simply spectacular. I wish to thank Neil for
organizing and managing the program. Will was a delight and it’s
unfortunate that many of you missed seeing and hearing him. I
our wish list should be updated to include a ‘videographer’ so that
sessions such as these can be captured.
I’d also like to thank those that
filled out the survey form for
their input and hope that everyone will have a chance to do so at the
next meeting. With that input, we’ll begin to formulate plans for
upcoming events and activities. I look forward to sharing the
with the membership this spring.
Neil continues to line up programs for
our enlightenment and
enjoyment. In April, our program will be an open carve-in, with
emphasis on relief carving. Everyone should bring a favorite
project to the meeting, whether caricatures, birds, sticks, etc. and
share their carving time with other members. For those interested
relief carving, we’ll have a session facilitated by Charlie
for those interested in relief, bring your projects, plans, tools,
and/or questions to the session. Charlie will answer questions
all aspects of your project and provide support, guidance and feedback
to you in a group environment. I think that Charlie may even
along a few patterns for smaller projects that some of you may be
interested in doing. So, whether you’re into relief or not, come
carve and socialize.
By the April meeting, we’ll have also
held an open carve-in at the
Burnsville Senior Center, which I’ll report on. There’s also
one scheduled for May 9. So, mark your calendars. This will
plenty of opportunities to work on your projects with other members
available for advice and counsel. I hope to see many of you
We’ll have another first at the April
meeting, a drawing for a
carved item to be displayed at the meeting. We continue to look
any carving related item donations to the club and thank you in advance
for them. Please see any of the officers for your ideas and
contributions. We thank those of you who have already made
of your ideas, time and/or materials. Please continue to help where you
Good carving to you all,
Dennis ‘Denny’ Schuster
Things to remember: Stop at the
greeters table and take the time to
fill out a survey. This is a great way to let the board members know
what topics you would like to see at our meetings. Also, pick up a name
tag and check to make sure your personal information is current if you
are having any problems with receiving the newsletter. Bring a project
to share. Arrive early so you can visit with fellow members, view
member projects and shop for materials for that next project.
April 23, 2007 Program Preview
Presenter: No presenter
Theme: Open Carve-in
Dues were due on Feb 1. If you haven't
paid, please do so at the
March meeting. If you are unable to be there please send them to
Mielke 10223 Johnson Circle Bloomington MN 55437 Phone: 952 831
Make checks payable to "Viking Woodcarvers".
MN Woodcarving Display Show -- Whitney Sr. Center
Central Minnesota Woodcarving show is
on April 28, not the 21st as
stated. We had to
to the Senior Expo Date. Same time 9
till noon. Gen
Winnipeg Woodcarving Workshop – St. John’s College (U of
Davenport IA -- Int’l
Woodcarvers Congress -- www.awcltd.org
Wahpeton ND -- Carving
Weekend -- Seminar -- NDSSC
MN -- Minowa Show/Sale -- Slim’s Woodshed
Workshop – Seminar –North Iowa Woodcarvers Guild – Waldorf
College – Forest City, IA
Experience – Crete NB Mid-America Woodcarvers -- Doane Collete
MN -- Woodcarving Show/Sale – Wayside Park
Carving Classes please tell us what
you would like to see.
Wood Working Events
May 9, Viking Open Carve-in –
Burnsville Senior Center
Vikings Wood Carvers
Officers & Contributing
Vise President /
March 26, 2007……by Swede Bengtson
SPECIAL NOTE: We will
continue to have
the WELCOME TABLE staffed
with current officers as you enter the meeting room. PLEASE, PLEASE,
PLEASE, stop at the table as YOU enter the meeting room, sign in and
place 25cents in the box. We are continuing to purify our membership
roster with correct spelling of name, current mailing address,
telephone number and if available, email address. Annual membership
dues were due on February 1 so if you have not paid, see Treasurer, Leo
Mielke. 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. And, don’t forget
to purchase various woodcarving items of which proceeds go to the
Viking Club. We look forward to seeing you at the welcome table each
Have you completed the Woodcarving
Interest Survey? Chances are you
haven’t. We have only received 20 completed surveys. Please pick up a
survey at the welcome table and complete before you leave the next
meeting. Your executive committee cannot do their job until you provide
them with your input.
The meeting was called to order by
President, Dennis Schuster.
There were 52 members plus guests Marlene Brister and Bob Olson
attending. Thanks to Bob Pitts and the Chanhassen Carving group for
bringing these guests. Maybe we should follow their example…Each member
bring a guest at least once a year. The Treasurer’s and Secretary’s
reports were approved and seconded as published in the February 27,
Program Chairman Neil Gillis gave
special recognition to Dick
Allen, Dick Sorenson, Bob Pitts, and John Sailor for their voluntary
contribution to the woodcarving sharpening demonstrations at our
February 27, 2007 meeting. Thanks guys, job well done and appreciated.
Walt Grittner, Russ Scott and Barb
Gritche will be displaying their
artistry at the Menomonee, WI show on April 14, 2007. It is our
understanding that Barb will present a short seminar. Good move Barb!
Special thanks from the Rochester
Carving Show committee to Viking
Woodcarver members Russ Scott, Lynne Medgaarden, Walt Grittner, George
Gardner, Darwin & Vangie Krueger, and Ivan & Lois Amman for
their participation in their show on March 24-25, 2007.
Balance from last Meeting: $ 3743.08
Income: $ 289.48
Expenditures: $ 94.92
End Balance: $ 3938.64
March 26, 2007…… by Neil GILLIS
March Program Review:
The theme for March was "Marquetry".
The guest speaker was Will
Bondhus, the widely acclaimed carver, Marquetarian, author, editor,
teacher and original founder of the Minnesota Woodcarvers Association
(MWCA). Will served as the first president of the MWCA.
As advertised, Marquetry was Will’s
primary focus for this meeting.
Will’s talk initially emphasized the artistic aspect of Marquetry.
Selection of the subject, layout of the pattern (including color
identification) and selection of wood veneers that simulate the colors
identified. Each of Will’s points was accompanied with illustrative
Next, Will focused on the woodcraft
aspects of Marquetry. Selection
of the backer-board, transfer of the pattern to the backer-board, (both
similar to the process Swede described for intarsia) cutting of the
veneer with knife or saw so pieces fit snuggly together, gluing
individual pieces together to form the whole and then gluing the whole
onto the backer-board. Methods for finishing the project were also
The highlight of the evening was the
samples of his work that Will brought along to illustrate his art.
April 23, 2007 Program
We will have an open carve-in with the
emphasis on relief carving.
So, bring your favorite project and carve with friends. For those who
are interested there will be a session on relief carving put on by
Charlie Eiler. So come prepared to carve, have fun and ask questions.
May 28, 2007 Meeting to be determined
at this meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Did you know?
* Bill Smith, a long time carver,
member and executive of various
clubs and chairman of Viking Woodcarving Show has Alzheimer’s disease
and is on the waiting list for the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Bill
& Beth’s address is: 3212 West 88th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
* George Effrem’s father (Kris) is in
Merridian Manor Care
Center, Wayzata, after being attack and breaking his hip. The good news
is that Kris is walking with a walker and will continue to stay at the
Center until he is able to get around by himself.
Keep Bill, Kris and their families in
Viking Carving Classes
Burnsville Senior Center: Open
Carve-in 6:00 – 9:00PM. $2 Donation to defray facility cost.
* Wednesday May 9
If we have a mini-class, there will
also be a modest fee for materials and/or instructor.
Lake Area Woodcarver Coordinator,
Esther Allen: 651-464-2087
Announced the following classes:
April 20-22, 2007….. Intarsia ….
Lonnie Gay & Joe Z
April 28-29, 2007….. Flat Plane
Carving …. Becky Lusk
May 4-6, 2007 …. Carve a Gnome ….
& Tell items from Mar. 27, 2007
Acrylics & Burnt Linseed
Orange & 20,000 Year old Mammoth Ivory
Came Alive with Marv’s Call Demonstration!
Acrylics& Paste Wax
Pattern / Class
Made Toy Santa
Purchased in Mexico
Hedegaard Image of
Water Base Stain & Wax
Water Paint & Clear Sealer
Do You See What I See?
“Good Medicine” Indian Bark
Cleaned up with Bees Wax & Orange
Class info: Lake Area Woodcarver
Coordinator, Esther Allen …. 651-464-2087 announced the following
April 20-22, 2007….. Intarsia ….
Lonnie Gay & Joe Z.
April 28-29, 2007….. Flat Plane
Carving …. Becky Lusk
May 4-6, 2007 …. Carve a Gnome with
Cliff …. Cliff Letty
Burnsville Sr. Center:
The second evening reserved is
scheduled for Wednesday May 9,
6:00-9:00 PM. Our intention is to hold this as either an open
and/or 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.
Carving Show Report
The Viking Woodcarver’s 2007 Spring
The Viking Woodcarver’s spring show
was very successful this year.
Most of the Viking woodcarvers, who showed, as well as woodcarver
spectators, gave me positive remarks about having the spring show one
month earlier than previous years.
The show went very well. As usual, I
had many members come out to
help set up Friday night, and many were there to help break down the
tables and clean up on Sunday. I don’t have a full list of people to
thank in this report, because there were so many. But I want to thank
Gary Fleming who arrived to help set up with the large Viking
caricature carvings for display along with the boxes of blue table
coverings. Gary also came on Sunday to help break down.
I want to thank those who came out to
sit at the club table and
talk with the visitors. The list of those to thank for this is: Dennis
Schuster, Swede Bengtson, Todd Moucha, Bob Pitts and Tom Isaacson.
The pictures of the show will be sent
to Chip Chats shortly, it’s always nice to have good press for the
I will start campaigning for
applications for the fall show in
August. The fall show is October 27-28, 2007, and next year’s spring
show is March 1-2, 2008. I hope to see more participants in these
August 11 & 12
Alexander Park / Ice Arena
* $15 mini-workshops
* Hourly Demos
* Carving Displays
Registration & Information
Dick Allen, George Effrem, and Jim
Abicht displayed numerous
products for membership to view and purchase. Displaying their products
is a lot of heavy work but so important to our membership. It’s so
evident during our coffee break watching all the activity around your
displays. We need a couple volunteers to assist carrying their products
downstairs to the meeting room. Just show up early!
New Members / Guests
Linda McDonell - New member
(Note signed up at the Har-Mar show)
Marlene Brister - Guest
Bob Olson - Guest