Wood Carvers Newsletter
1238 Edmund Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. 32 No. 6
* Dennis Schuster
* Jim Ayers
* Myron Asper
* Lynne Medgaarden
* Leo Mielke
* Jim Ayers
* Myron Asper
* Leonard Kampa
* Russell Scott
Viking Web Site - http://www.russscott.com/~rscott/vwca/
* Meeting Location – Knights of Columbus, 1114 W 79th St., Bloomington
* 4th Monday – August 28 – Meeting Time – 7:00 PM
August Presentation: Several
club members have volunteered to perform demonstrations at the August
meeting. These ‘one hour’ demos are intended to be informative and
interesting for those who may be interested to sharpen their skills in
their current area of interest or expand in their current carving
horizons. The demos will include: painting, figures, chip carving,
intarsia, and wood burning. However, if anyone is interested in
performing a ‘one hour’ demo of fowl carving and/or relief carving,
please contact Denny Schuster.
Welcome to all
members and guests after a long, hot
summer. We can look forward to a lot of changes in the coming months
which, I hope, will instill new enthusiasm and eager participation in
club activities. We have two positions that need filling quickly. The
new Vice-President, with the aid of a committee, can coordinate
programs for the coming year from a list of fresh candidates who have
already expressed interest in participating. Also, we need a new
newsletter editor to help us streamline the format and enhance the
value of the newsletter, while reducing its overall size.
With the new
officer changes, and the fresh ideas
that they'll bring into the position, we're also adding some additional
services that you'll begin seeing at the August meeting. For those who
are current in their dues, thank you for supporting the club. For those
who aren't current in dues, please reconsider and begin taking
advantage of the special priced services, including both
tool-sharpening and carving related classes that will be offered later
I look forward to
introducing some of the new
services and discussing ongoing plans. As always, the purpose of the
club is to be both informative and enjoyable. So, we need your ideas
and suggestions, as well as your active participation. See you in
Dennis "Denny" Schuster
of Viking Woodcarvers for May 22, 2006
By Lynne Medgaarden, Secretary
The meeting was
called to order by new president,
Dennis Schuster. Dennis has been a member for four years and considers
himself to be a novice woodcarver.
The next meeting of
the club will be August 28,
report for April was approved as
printed in the newsletter.
report by Leo Mielke: 108 paid
members, 50 unpaid members. That concludes the dues drive since
February. The balance in the bank was $3,712. We are
spending more than we are taking in for due each year. The cost for
printing and mailing the monthly newsletter is the major expenditure.
Jim Ayers finished
his long service as vice
president. He served for 10 years. Thank you Jim, for a wonderful job
you’ve done for us. The club will need someone new to take over as vice
president starting in August. The vice president arranges the monthly
speakers for the meetings. Contact Dennis Schuster if you are
interested in the position of vice president.
discussion about the vice president
position. A suggestion was made that a committee might be better than
one individual to arrange for speakers to share the workload. However,
someone still needs to be the lead for the committee.
newsletter editor, asked club members
to check their address to make sure it is correct. People who haven’t
paid dues will be removed from the mailing list. He would prefer
sending the newsletter by email to save postage and printing costs.
Russ will discuss
the fall woodcarving show at the
August meeting. He will include a registration form with the next
newsletter. He has moved the spring show to March 10-11, 2007, to bring
it back into winter. Last
year’s spring show was held on such a nice weekend, weather-wise, that
we had poor turnout.
Russ discussed the possibility of
scheduling classes for the Viking Club. Swede Bengtson has a finished
garage which he is turning into a woodcarving shop. We may be able to
use this space for classes. Russ discussed the possibility of inviting
a big name carver for the weekend and then asking them to stay over and
give a presentation at the club meeting on a Monday night. It will take
time to build interest in carving classes.
Dennis asked if
members would like to have more
carving related activities at meetings and not only speakers. Jim
Abicht volunteered to make cut outs if he has the wood. John Krantz may
donate some wood. Club members were very interested in doing small
carving projects during meetings.
Would people be
interested in a sharpening fair at
one of the meetings? The response was positive.
The club needs to
generate more members. We need to
encourage people to attend a meeting and join the club. Maybe we could
do some intro to carving sessions at a meeting.
discussed the possibility of giving
carving demonstrations at the Minnesota State Fair at the Creative
Activities Building in August to generate interest in the club (see
article elsewhere in this newsletter). This would be one day and the
club would provide carvers to participate throughout the day. Tickets
would be provided.
that the club did a group project
back in the 1980s for the Phillips Wangensteen Eye Institute at the
University of Minnesota. Maybe the club could do a group project to
generate interest in carving and the club. We never finished the Viking
Ship project started by Iver Johnson. The totem pole in front of the
Thunderbird Motel along Hwy 494 was the first Viking Club group
A suggestion was
made to distribute club information
at the local wood carving stores such as Rockler’s and Woodcraft and
ask store personnel to send people to the club. The club could design a
brochure with photos of different carving styles. We could also leave
information at hardware and home stores.
Dennis stated that
it is his objective to make the
meetings more interesting so people will be encouraged to attend and to
participate in the wonderful world of carving.
Vendors: Dick Allen filled in
for John Krantz; Tom Isaacson had some cottonwood bark and spray
bottles; Russell Scott had some cottonwood bark; Gen Jansen announced
Snow Daze for Jan 5, 6, and 7 at Green Lake Bible Camp; Alice
Spadgenske discussed the Metro Club carving weekend scheduled for the
weekend before Thanksgiving. The classes filled fast last year; Jim
Abicht had many different kinds of wood for sale; Leo Bock had some 6-7
foot long logs of basswood and butternut – no charge and also a
Craftsman angle grinder and carving power head to sell.
that the Minnesota Wood Workers
Guild had some incredible pieces on display at Southdale. He would like
to get the Viking Club and the MWWG club together for a show or
meeting. The MWWG includes turnings and marquetry.
The speakers for
the May meeting were Tom and May
Severson from the Rochester Wood Carvers club. They discussed their
trip to Norway and the work of some Norwegian carvers. Tom has been
carving for ten years and learned initially from Walt Grittner.
planned their trip to Norway through
the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. It was a folk art study tour.
These events are scheduled every other year through the Vesterheim. The
tour was 16 days long and included two classes, four days each. They
went to the Folk School in Leira, Norway. Students of the folk schools
went to learn life skills. Some of these skills included woodcarving,
rose mauling, knife making, and felting classes.
flight made it difficult to travel
with knives. Tools were provided by the instructors. The tools were
well worn and carefully marked by the owners. The wood used was Linden
– similar to American Northern Basswood.
There are fabulous
carvings everywhere in Norway;
churches, signs, furniture, woodwork, etc. In their class they made
spoons. The teachers were Jorgen and Christian Sundheim. They were
given a blank in which the spoon bowls were precut in a perfect egg
shape. They never did learn how this was done. They carved the
remainder of the blank. They used V tools and gouges to make Acanthus
The trip included
sightseeing and was a wonderful
Wood Carving Association at the
2006 Minnesota State Fair!!
I have secured a
spot at the demonstration booth in
the Creative Activities building during the State Fair. The time
schedule is from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday August 30th. Some one
canceled their spot and the Creative Activities Superintendent
remembered my request. It would have been great to have the entire time
slot, but a porcelain club will have the morning shift in the booth.
section is located in the
north-west end of the building. The spot is cut in fourths. We have the
South-East section of that spot which I believe is the best spot.
I have contacted
VWCA members to come out and
demonstrate. Though I have a list of people who were interested to
help, I was given only ten gate-pass tickets and had to skim the list.
However, I have also volunteered us to be ‘Johnny On The Spot’ for any
other last minute cancellations the CA Superintendent may have and
would like to have volunteers to write their names down at the August
meeting so I can have them on hand.
This would be a
great opportunity to show fair-goers
the finer points of wood carving so that they may be interested in
starting wood carving and becoming a member at the Viking Wood Carving
VIKING MAGNUM OPUS (SHOW AND
Oops, I did it again and I am not able
to present the list for ‘Show
and Tell’ from May. This time, I typed up the list on another computer,
threw away the slips, and then mistakenly deleted the file. Sorry!
Upcoming Wood Carving Classes
has a very nice woodcarving shop at his home in Woodbury (I’ve
there for a class and it is really, really nice). He is open to present
upcoming woodcarving classes in 2007.
Pat Moore from
Fargo, North Dakota will come out in
May, 2007 to teach the ‘Miniature Mallard Duck’. This will be a three
day, Friday – Sunday class. Pat is asking for $165.00 per student for
the class, the cut-out will be provided. Water colors are taught to
paint the carving. A minimum of 10 students are require to hold this
John Engler form
Oklahoma will teach a relief wood
carving class in the end of July, 2007. This will also be a three day
class, Friday – Sunday. The cost is $130.00 and 10 student minimum is
Dwayne is requiring
an early commitment by February,
2007 and $50.00 down.
Dwayne will bring
in finished samples of these
classes at the August meeting.
VWCA Fall Show –
October 28, 29, 2006. I will have
applications at the August meeting.
created wood carving videos for sale. They are demonstrations of
carving different projects with the camera over his shoulder as if
you’re sitting next to him.
The videos are:
Absolute Beginning Wood Carving, Next
Step Wood Carving (Corn Cob on a
Base), Intermediate Wood Carving (Old World Santa)
Bark Carving Basics (Wood Spirit and
For information, go to