Wood Carvers Newsletter
1238 Edmund Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. 32 No. 9
* Dennis Schuster
* Lynne Medgaarden
* Leo Mielke
* 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 – November 27 – Meeting Time – 7:00 PM
November Presentation: We will have a ‘Things Minnesota’
ornament carve-in where several members will each be demonstrating a
carving. The projects are intended to be small so that they can be
(nearly) completed at the meeting and tools are minimal. Bring your
knife, a small v-tool and a medium gouge to work on the project. I’d
like to thank John Kranz for supplying the wood for our projects and
also those of you who helped in making the blanks for that event. You
know who you are and we all, especially me, appreciate your valiant
efforts. Each carver will be provided one blank and additional blanks
will be available for sale by the club.
The little feedback that I have received following the October carve-in
was positive. It seems that many of you enjoyed the ‘return to carving’
format. I’d like to thank Lee Olson, Walt Grittner, Leo Mielke and Bob
Pitts for leading a successful October carving event. If other members
would also like to contribute time, ideas, etc., please contact any of
the officers. A ‘Things Minnesota’ ornament carve-in is planned for
Be advised that there will NOT be a Viking meeting in December, since
the meeting falls on Christmas day. However, in order to keep our minds
on carving, I’m pleased to announce that there will be an open carve-in
during the evening of December 11 (the second Monday) at the Burnsville
Senior Center at Diamondhead Education Center, 296 West Burnsville
Parkway, Burnsville. The carve-in will begin at 7:00 and run for 2
hours. Bring your carving tools and join me. Coffee will be available.
This will be a great time to finish those ornaments that aren’t yet
quite finished. The center has its own entrance on the East side of the
Education Center building; lower level, near that of the Burnsville
Community Center. Traveling South on 35W, take the Burnsville Parkway
exit. At the light, turn right (going East). You’ll see the Education
Center on your left in 3-4 blocks. The first street past the center is
Pillsbury. Turn left and you’ll see the parking lot on your left. If
you reach the light at Nicollett Ave, you’ve gone one block too far.
The number of the center is 952-707-4120. I hope to see you there.
Hopefully, each of you by now will have considered helping the club in
an officer position. The planned streamlining of the administrative
requirements will make these positions less onerous and certainly much
more interesting than in the past. Please help where you can.
Currently, we have spoon and chip carving kits for sale, along with
Christmas ornaments from the October meeting.
One individual has contacted me about providing a sharpening service,
but does not have the ability to bring his sharpening equipment to the
meeting. If anyone else has portable equipment and is willing to bring
it, please contact any of the officers. I’ll make an announcement at
Good carving to you all,
Dennis ‘Denny’ Schuster
Minutes of Viking Woodcarver’s Meeting
October 23, 2006
By Lynne Medgaarden
President Dennis Shuster called the meeting to order. There were 46
members present and two visitors, Ken Johnson, who recently moved to
Minnesota from Michigan, and Ryan Gritche, son of Barb Gritche.
Otto Mon passed away a couple of months ago. His wife left some photos
from past club activities for members to take. Lloyd Volsdahl moved to
Walker Methodist Health Center, 3733 Bryant Avenue South in
Minneapolis. Don Groen is doing really well in his recovery from
Treasury/Meeting Minutes: Leo Mielke reported a treasury balance of
$2,892.28. We have 114 members in good standing and 25 non-current
members. If you would like to order a Viking Woodcarvers name badge or
a patch check with Leo. Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s report as
printed in the previous newsletter were approved and seconded.
Sale Items for the Club:
Members have donated spoon blanks, chip carving blanks, ornaments,
bench hooks, and hearing protection for sale. Proceeds go to club.
Newsletter Editor Report: Russell Scott reported that
several additional people have signed up to receive the newsletter via
email thus saving the club printing and postage costs. If you had any
problems in receiving your newsletter contact Russ. Russ will finish
his tenure as newsletter editor with the January issue. If you would
like take over this position please contact Dennis or Russ.
Russ plans to continue as the webmaster for the club website.
Show Report by Russell Scott: The Fall Viking Carving Show was
scheduled for October 28-29. Volunteers were sought for set up and take
down and for demonstration at the club table.
Dennis is looking for people who would be willing to teach a carving
class for the club. Contact Dennis is you are interested. He is also
looking for a person willing to sharpen knives at carving meetings.
Next meeting program, November 27, a carve-in of Minnesota related
items - bring a knife, v-tool, and chisel.
The December meeting was scheduled for December 25. We voted to cancel
the December meeting.
Dennis is looking for volunteers for a nominating committee for new
club officers in the positions of vice president, secretary and
Should we have an auction to benefit the club similar to the one held
by Lakes Area Carvers every October? People were mainly in favor.
Someone suggested that people could donate nicer items and donate 50%
of proceeds and keep 50%. Another person recommended that if you donate
a blank please include the pattern. We will discuss an auction further
at a future meeting.
Dennis is looking for suggestions for free advertising for classes held
by the club. Someone suggested putting leaflets at hardware and
Christmas ornament carving. Thank you to those who demonstrated at the
October meeting: Leo Mielke – Santa ornament, Lee Olson – red moose
ornament, Bob Pitts – snowflakes, trees, moose ornaments, Walt Grittner
– chip carved ornament.
Classes at Lakes Area Carving Club: (call Esther Allen at
651-464-2087 about these classes)
December 8, 9, 10 – Intarsia with Lonnie Gay and Joe Z.
Next Spring – Becky Lusk will teach a class on carving an ale bowl
Feb or March – Cliff Letty will teach a class on carving mythical
* George Effrem had a selection of books and tools.
* Marv Meyer had some carving books for sale.
* Jupe Houman had vices and cut outs for sale.
* John Krantz had a fine selection of wood.
* Bob Pitts had some knives for sale.
* Lew Forsmark had a collection of Chip Chats to give away.
For Sale: Luther Kliche has a 12 inch Jet Planer for sale.
$225. Like new, have only cut 15 board feet on it. Available
immediately as Luther is moving. Call Luther at 763-571-1540
“Artistry in Wood – Fall 2006” was another success.
Saturday morning hosted a large crowd of spectators interested in the
wood carvings nicely displayed. Carvers reported that Saturday was good
for sales. But Sunday was slow, possibly the warm and sunny day kept
people outside with last of the summer activities and yard work. The
show opened and closed without any mishaps and carvers say that they
are looking forward to the next show.
I want to thank people who helped setup and clean up which makes
directing the show much easier. I want to especially thank Gary
Flemming for bringing in and taking out the Viking carvings and plastic
table coverings, and also Tom Issacson who spent time at the Viking
table talking to the spectators.
The next show will be March 10 -11 2007 and you should expect to see
the application in the January newsletter.
Woodcarvers Store and School
3056 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416-0127
(612) 927-7491 (www.woodcarversstore.com)
Jim Abicht, Fine woodworking
Specializing in bases for carving projects
Ivan Whillock Studio
122 NE 1st Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 334-8306 (www.whillock.com)
Krantz Wood Sales - Carving & Specialty Woods
16748 Stanford St., Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5632 (Evenings)
David Lindroth, Custom Cut Woods for Woodcarvers
8150 – 137th St. W. Apple Valley, MN 55124
Nelson-Johnson Wood Products, Inc.
3910 Bryant Ave No., Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 529-2978 - cell phone (612) 644-4567
Gen Jansen, Carver and Instructor,
Maplewood, MN (651) 773-5285;
Minneapolis, MN (612) 822-3338;
Burnsville, MN (952) 892-7999;
Minnetonka, MN (952) 542-0111
9741 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN
Gregg McCabe, Stubai tool distributor
425 Madison St NE, Minneapolis, MN
Garry N. Kolb - Woodcarving Supplies
2528 24 Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Copperhead Road Logging and Lumber
Joe Jewett – 54852 Great River Rd. Palisade, MN 56469 (218) 845-2832
MAGNUM OPUS (SHOW AND TELL) – October, 2006
Not finished, in progress
Duane Edwards Wood burning of Blue
Cindy Carter Hecute –
Jupe Houman Halloween
An old plate from Ukrane
For an Easter
(looks like Terry Brad.)
Gary Fleming Beer
Basswood Min-Wax And
Michael Kabes Corbels & N. P. Shell
Unfinished For a
fire place mantel
‘Spot’ Al Edwins Droopy Hat Santa Basswood Acrylics
Barb Gritche Low
Purchased at garage sale
Garage Sale, from Dale Martin
Leo Mielke Egg
Cyndi Joslyn Pattern