Viking Wood Carvers Association
Newsletter November 2002

Newsletter Editor
Dennis Mathiason
12400 Hilloway Road W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

NEXT MEETING
7:00 pm Nov 11, 2002
Everett McClay VFW Post 1296
2731 E. 78th St, Bloomington
Speaker: Tom Flemming, “Basic Decoy Carving”
(More information in Newsletter)
 

VIKING Chapter
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Vol. 28 No. 9

PRESIDENT
*Bob Pitts
(612) 722-0449
VICE PRESIDENTS
*Jim Ayers
(612) 721-6074
*Myron Asper
(952) 445-7274
SECRETARY
*Jeff Lippka
(952)835-5127
TREASURER
*Myrtle Brandvold
(952) 831-4361
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
*Dennis Mathiason
(952) 512-0073
PROGRAM COMMITTEE
*Jim Ayers
*Myron Asper
COFFEE COMMITTEE
*Keith Fredrickson
*Leonard Kampa

November Meeting Speaker - Tom Flemming

Tom Flemming will give a presentation on "Basic Decoy Carving." Tom is a member of the Minnesota Decoy Carvers and eager to share his learning experiences in carving decoys. He began carving decoys about 17 years ago when his mentor was Anchor Nelson, a prominent Minnesota politician. Tom went on to expand his skills and carve for competition. He will have lots to show, and he will talk about how novices can begin to carve decoys as well as some finer points of competition carving.

Minutes of The October 14 Meeting by Jeff Lipka

    The meeting of October 14 was called to order by President Bob Pitts. There were 72 members present. There were no guests. A formal Treasurer’s Report was not submitted by Myrt Brandvold as she had just returned from Norway. The September 1, total was $ 4602.56.
The editor indicated that he is Now sending out several different email versions of the newsletter as members have various word processor versions. The best place to read and download the newsletter is the Viking website at http://www.russscott.com/~rscott/vwca/
    The question of purchasing a digital camera for approximately $200-300 was raised again. The camera would be used to place images at the Viking website.There was considerable discusssion about the idea. Concerns raised included: is it needed, who would use it, would it be secure, how good would the images be, what is the best camera in this price range, do members use computers and the internet. At the conclusion two motions were passed. The combined motion that passed states that there should be a committee to look at the question for 3 months to see if it is a good idea, and if so,what should be purchased. Motion passed (65-7). (No committee was set up at the meeting.)
    Swede brought up the patch with Viking logo idea again. Digitization would cost $312.00 according to one vendor. Someone suggested it could be done for $150.00. There was discussion as to size of the patch (3 or 4 inches) and what kind of items could be purchased. Items suggested were caps, aprons, sweatshirts. A motion was made and approved to have a committee purchase 50-3 inch patches with caps at an acceptable cost. ( No committee was set up.) (Editor’s Notes: 1) In 1991, the Viking Club ordered 100-3” and 200-4” size patches. Purchase cost was $640.20. These were sold for $3 and $4, respectively. 2) MWCA purchases and sells their logo to their members for $2.00.
    Swede then circulated job lists seeking volunteers for the October show. There will be a Viking info table and demonstrations. The Carving for Charity program will also be set up. Thirteen members have indicated they will donate carvings.
    Vendors present: Woodcarvers Store and School, Jim Abicht, and Krantz Wood Sales
See listing in this issue for details. The business portion of the meeting was adjourned and Show and Tell commenced. After a short coffee break, Ev Ellenwood made an excellent presentation on Casting Objects.

TREASURER’S REPORT by Myrt Brandvold, Treasurer

Most recent September bank balance was $4463.24.

NEWS

LOWELL HJALMER, former Viking club member, died in early October.
KIM FLATGARD, 8701 21st Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425, (ph 952-854-1956) would like someone to carve her a pheasant. She has a design in mind. Please contact her if you would like to pursue this commission.

We have two new members.
        JOE JEWETT, 54852 GREAT RIVER RD, PALISADE, MN 56469
        ROGER McCULLOUGH, 11830 DOUGLAS DR, CHAMPLIN, MN 55316

An article featuring JOE JEWETT and JOHN KRANZ can be found in the 2002 Nov/Dec issue of Conservation Volunteer. The story is about supplying wood to carvers.

You can visit another Minnesota wood carvers web site. It is sponsored by the Rochester wood carving club and is found at http://members.aol.com/RochCarve/ I recently visited with some of the club members and found them to have a very active club, especially in the education area.

Editor’s Comments

I recently spent an evening reading Viking newsletters published in the 1990’s. The newsletters provide an opportunity to see the history of the club and to note the changes that have occurred. But there is a lot that remains the same. In the April 1994 newsletter the following description of a carver was provided by Edwin J. Wooloch.

WHO IS A WOOD CARVER?

A Wood Carver is a Person who is an Artist in three dimensions.

“A Designer”         Because the carving must be visualized while in the rough.
“An Engineer”       Because of the many tools, knives and chisels used.
“A Craftsman”      To understand the many grades of woods suitable for carving.
“A Doctor”            An inkling of Anatomy, so carvings will have form and beauty.
“A Painter”            For the proper finish to beautify and discourage aging.
“A Lover”              For the Love of your fellow wood carvers, who likewise share the companionship, goodwill,
                                and accomplishments with each other.

A note of caution
Recently I have heard several comments about microwaving wood; to dry or kill insects..
Excessive heating of the wood could result in warping (depends on thickness of wood), or pose a fire hazard. Modest use of the Defrost cycle for a period of 5-7 minutes at a low energy value is probably acceptable. Does anyone have any guidelines for this method?

Recognition

Once again we had a successful Fall Show. Much of the success is due to the many hours of planning and arranging performed by Swede Bengtson. A show doesn’t just happen. Swede had to make numerous trips to the Mall to arrange for the site. Also there were numerous meetings with the Show Committee. Last, Dennis Schuster and he set up the “Carving for Charity” program. We did have a number of volunteers assist in the setting up, and removal of tables and chairs. But for the most part, the mechanics of arranging the Show rested on Swede’s shoulders. I do hope that you take time to let him know that you care.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for wood carving clubs to secure space at local malls. It would not surprise me if all malls were to eliminate shows of this kind. It is going to be very difficult to find a receptive mall due to their operational needs. So what will be our avenue for displaying our talents? We need to discuss this at a future meeting. But for now ------Thanks, Swede!

Upcoming Meeting Presentations

Dec 9 Chad McNally "Carving and Harp Making"
January 13, 2003 Viking members Wood Butchers Buffet
        Members interested in participating can contact Jim Ayers at 612-721-6074, or email him at:
        ayers_jim@hotmail.com.
Feb 10 Harley Smitgen "Carving eyes and facial features"
March not determined as yet
(April 14 or when the snow melts) John Sailor "Carving the Human Figure"
Other topics being considered include: wooden puzzles with Dennis Kallio, sign making with Bob Spanglenberger, spoon carving by Tom Dengler, wooden flute carving by Gary Papermaster

VIKING MAGNUM OPUS (SHOW AND TELL) - OCTOBER, 2002
Ed Note: Member display forms need to be completely and clearly filled out for proper inclusion in the newsletter. Oral comments do not get referenced. As Samuel Butler advised, “The advantage of doing one’s praising is that one can lay it on so thick, and exactly in the right places.

NAME                CARVING              WOOD          FINISH                 COMMENTS

JIM AYERS           WHOOPING CRANE   ASPEN             ACRYLICS                 FAN CARVING
_________________________________________________________________________________
NANCY DARDIS  VOYAGEUR                  ? ?                                                          PURCHASED IN
                                                                                                                                        QUEBEC
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RAY GRITCHE     SANTA                           BASSWOOD   ACRYLICS
                                                                                                   POLY-URETHANE
_________________________________________________________________________________
DUANE HENG      BEAR                             BASSWOOD    TUNG OIL                  DEB EDWARD
                                                                                                                                         ROUGHOUT
_________________________________________________________________________________
                                MOOSE                          BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS,
                                                                                                    OIL, WAX
_________________________________________________________________________________
JUPE HOUMAN   DUCK URN JAR           BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS                 PAINTED BY
                                BLACK LAB ASHES                                                                    BOB MYRVOLD
_________________________________________________________________________________
BILL LARSON     DRAGON                       BASSWOOD    POLY-URETHANE   DOOR MANTLE
_________________________________________________________________________________
DARWIN               HEX BOX                       BASSWOOD    WAX                           CHIP CARVED
KREUGER
_________________________________________________________________________________
VANGIE                LEFSA STICK                WALNUT          WALNUT OIL
KREUGER                                                                                BEESWAX
_________________________________________________________________________________
MARV MEYER   DUCK CALL                   BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS                 CARVED AND
                                                                                                                                         CHECKERED
                                MALLARD DECOY      WHITE             OIL                              HUNTING DECOY
                                                                         CEDAR
_________________________________________________________________________________
DENNIS                 BALD EAGLE                SOUTHERN    UNFINISHED            STRINGY WOOD
MATHIASON                                                 POPLAR                                               DIFFICULT GRAIN
_________________________________________________________________________________
LEE OLSON          VOYAGEUR BUST        BASSWOOD    STAIN
_________________________________________________________________________________
BOB RISTOW       SANTA                            BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS                BRUCE ANKENY
                                                                                                                                         PATTERN
_________________________________________________________________________________
JOHN SAILOR      OLD SWISS MAN        BASSWOOD    WATER BASED
_________________________________________________________________________________
RUSS SCOTT         SANTAS                         WHITE PINE   ACRYLICS
_________________________________________________________________________________
RANDY SCOTT     SHERIFF                        BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS
_________________________________________________________________________________
PAUL                       SAW WHET OWL         TUPELO            ACRYLICS
THOMPSON
_________________________________________________________________________________
STAN WENKER   WOOD DUCK                 BASSWOOD    ACRYLICS                 JENNINGS DECOY
                                                                                                     VARNISH
_________________________________________________________________________________

Announcements

Dec 7, 8. Lakes Area Woodcarvers Show, Northland Mall, Forest Lake, MN. The mall is on the east side of the city on Hwy 61. Contact Dick Allen (Viking member) for details.

SNOW DAZE CARVE IN Jan 3-5,2003 at the Green Lake Bible Camp on Green Lake, Spicer, MN. Cost is $124 plus materials. Contact Gen Jansen for more information, ph 320-252-3966, email gencarves@aol.com Note: 4 Vikings (Ayers, Grittner, Jansen and Moe) will be instructors. Krantz will have wood at the show on Saturday. Previous participants have indicated this event which is presented by the Central Minnesota WoodCarvers is a well run, fun weekend.

Feb 18-23. Gretna (near Omaha, NE) Resident carver will be Marty Dolphens. Cost is $170. A great place to see noted carvers in action, for relaxation and for sharing ideas.. The Gretna Experience is sponsored by John and Nancy Burke, Area carvers that regularly attend are : Jim Burk, Dale Martin, Dennis Mathiason, Midge Johnson, and Harley Smitgen. (Contact Dennis for more information.)

Mar 15, 16 Central Minnesota Woodcarvers Show, St Cloud, MN. Contact Gen Jansen for more information.

March 22-23, MWCA 37th annual show at Brookdale Mall in Brooklyn Center, MN

March 22-23, 27th Annual Carving Show, Rochester Woodcarvers Club. At fairgrounds.

Apr 5, 6, Viking Spring Show, Har Mar Mall

“Carving is nothing if it is not about light and shadow.” Chris Pye

VENDOR NEWS

Woodcarvers Store and School, 3056 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416-0127 (612) 927-7491
GREGG McCABE has added more Stubai tools to inventory.
JOHN KRANTZ Many sizes and lots of quality basswood and butternut
JIM ABICHT wood bases