The Newsletter of the Minnesota Vikings
Wood Carvers Association
Volume 33 Number 5
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
It seems that our spring carving sessions are over. The May
been cancelled due to the conflict with the Memorial Day weekend and
the membership voted to also cancel the June meeting in favor of
holding a meeting in August. So, for those of you that trade away your
carving tools for the lawn care tools during the summer, we’ll see you
in August. For those of you that may have some vacation time to carve,
join your fellow carvers at one of the weekly carving venues in your
area or try out a new one. I hope to see others of you at some of the
summer carving weekends events being conducted in the region.
The year has brought a lot of changes, starting with a newly new slate
of officers, including your’s truly. We’ve also managed to re-introduce
carving into our carving meeting while maintaining a blend of
interesting and informative program speakers. I’d like to thank
everyone who’s had a hand in scheduling and participating in these
events. We look forward to more of the same next year. Additionally,
we’ve added a ‘Welcome Table’ that seems to be well received. As
officers, we know that communication and information flow is much
better and you members seem to like it. Another first for this club in
recent history was the Intarsia class taught by Swede Bengtson. We hope
to have more classes beginning in the fall. Please let me or any of the
other officers know if you’re willing to participate either as a
teacher or as a student.
I’d also like to thank our vendors for supporting us for the year and
also the members for their active participation in donating items to
the club for resale to other members as a fund raiser.
Unfortunately, our carve-in sessions at the Burnsville Sr. Center have
proved to be an unsuccessful experiment. So, either we do too much
carving in our club meeting or people aren’t ready to carve during the
evening in other locations or there are just other conflicts this time
of the year. Maybe we’ll try the experiment again if you express some
interest in it.
I would like to thank Charlie Eiler for facilitating a Relief Carving
session at the April Carve-in event. Charlie will be conducting
additional relief classes at Chanhassen this spring and hopefully some
more later this year. For those of you that filled out the survey
forms, we’ll use the results to help plan for the next fall to spring
series of club meetings.
Finally, we thank those of you who have already made donations of your
ideas, time and/or materials to the club. Also, as a reminder, for
those of you who have not paid your dues for this current year, this is
the last newsletter that you’ll be receiving. You can still pay your
dues to Treasurer Leo Mielke. We appreciate your support and look
forward to seeing you again in August.
Good carving to you all,
Dennis ‘Denny’ Schuster
News Flash -----
I was finally
successful in securing a booth at the
Creative Activity Center for this year’s Minnesota State Fair. I have
the same booth we had last year. The best time I could get is Sunday,
2 from 9:00am to 9:00 pm. I am looking for volunteers to help man the
during that time frame. I’m not asking for people to stay during the
hours, but at least 4 hours during the day.
We were successful
in presenting to the public last year
on the art of wood carving, though we had only a 6 hour time slot. We
the same this year, demonstrating our carving skills and giving out
to the local clubs.
If you are
interested in helping out and need more
information, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-917-2125
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May 28, 2007 Program Preview
Canceled due to the observance of Memorial Day
Dues were due on Feb 1. If
you haven't paid, please do so at your
earliest convenience. If you were unable to make it to a meeting please
send them to Leo Mielke 10223 Johnson Circle Bloomington MN 55437
Phone: 952 831 6907 Make checks payable to "Viking Woodcarvers".
Jun 21-24 Davenport IA
-- Int’l Woodcarvers Congress -- www.awcltd.org
Jun 28-30 Wahpeton ND --
Carving 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,
Jul 22-27 Doane
Experience – Crete NB Mid-America Woodcarvers -- Doane
Blackduck MN -- Woodcarving Show/Sale – Wayside Park
Wood Working Events
May 9, Viking Open Carve-in – Burnsville Senior Center has been
canceled due to lack of interest.
Vikings Wood Carvers
Officers & Contributing
Vise President /
April 23, 2007……by Swede Bengtson
SPECIAL NOTE: NO MEETINGS SCHEDULED UNTIL AUGUST 27, 2007.
REASON: Memorial Day Holiday is the 27th of May and that was
for our May and the last meeting for the year.
The meeting was called to order by President, Dennis Schuster. There
were 39 members attending. The Treasurer’s and Secretary’s reports were
approved and seconded as published in the March 26, 2007 newsletter.
President Schuster reviewed the lack of success with our pilot Viking
Open Carve-in at Burnsville Senior Center scheduled for April 11.
Dennis is the only person attending. Just wonder if he paid his $2.00?
Due to the lack of participation, the May 9, 2007 event is cancelled.
Motions were made by Hugh Salisbury canceling a June 25, 2007 meeting
and schedule an August 27, 2007 meeting date due to the timing of our
Fall Show, October 27 – 28, 2007. Motion carried.
Discussion was held relative to preferred alternate dates for our
December meeting due to the Christmas Holidays. Your executive board
will meet with the Knights of Columbus Manager and arrange the 2nd
Monday of December. If not possible, arrange for the 3rd Monday of
December. December meeting date will be announced at the August
Special recognition to Dick Allen, Leonard Kampa and possibly
members that I did not see accepting last month’s challenge. They
assisted our vendors by carrying products downstairs to the meeting
room. Thanks guys, job well done and appreciated. Hope we keep this
challenge going when we meet in August.
Balance from last Meeting: $ 3938.64
Income: $ 1078.87
Expenditures: $ 972.16
End Balance: $ 4045.35
April 23, 2007…… for Neil Gillis
April Program Review:
As you are well aware we did not have a program at the April
Instead we had a good time talking with Charlie Eiler, working on
projects, visiting with one another, and shopping and visiting with the
vendors. What an important job they do bringing products for us to view
and purchase at our meetings. Charlie was great, and so accommodating
with answering everyone’s questions and demonstrating techniques.
Charlie went above and beyond when he helped two of our members with
projects they had brought in that they wanted Charlie to look at
because they were unhappy with. Charlie walked them through what he
would do in those situations. Charlie also brought in a number of
patterns that he gave away to anyone interested in trying their hand at
relief carving. I enjoyed the exchange of information between Charlie
and members as they provided Charlie with an endless stream of what do
I do in this situation and how do you do that. The evening was
enlightening, enjoyable, and provided me with a new pattern to try this
summer. Have a great summer, keep carving and let’s see those completed
projects this fall.
May 28, 2007 Program
The club voted to cancel the May meeting due to the conflict
observance of Memorial Day.
Did you know?
* Bill Smith, a long time carver, member and executive of
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 back home now and doing much
He is not back helping around the Carvers Store with George yet, but
will be soon we hope.
Keep Bill, Kris and their families in your thoughts.
Viking Carving Classes
Lake Area Woodcarver Coordinator, Esther Allen: 651-464-2087
Please contact if you are interested in gathering information on
& Tell items from April 23, 2007
Leonard Kampa Risen Christ on
Cross Holly, Rosewood,
Gehlen Gouge Chip Plate
“Walking With Jesus”
Displayed in His Church Foyer
Yell. Throated Warb.
Barb Gritche Wolf
People’s Choice at Menomonee Show!
Stage & Horses Relief
Diluted Stain & Varnish
Swede Bengtson 2 Intarsia West. Boots
Zebra, Sycamore, Butternut Bartels Wipe-on Poly
1. Club Classes
August 11 & 12
Alexander Park / Ice Arena
* $15 mini-workshops
* Hourly Demos
* Carving Displays
Registration & Information
Special Interest (Cont.)
John Krantz, George Effrem, Jim Abicht and Bob Spagenberg
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 evident during our coffee break watching all the activity around
New Members / Guests
No new guests or members