· Jim Forrey
· Jim Ayers
· Myron Asper
· Nancy Dardis
· Lew Forsmark
· Jim Ayers
· Myron Asper
· Keith Fredrickson
· Leonard Kampa
· Carol “Swede” Bengtson
· Merle Erickson
Viking Web Site - http://www.russscott.com/~rscott/vwca/
· New Meeting Location – Knights of Columbus,
1114 W 79th St., Bloomington,
· 4th Monday – Meeting Time – 7:00 PM
· NOTE – Meeting will be held in the basement this month!!!!!
November, 2003 Presentation – November 24, 2003
Holiday Project Carve –in. If you have a holiday woodcarving project in the works, bring it in. Show off some of your carving techniques and pick up some techniques from others. We will set up similar to the woodcarver’s buffet where attendees can join a carver at any table, get the project pattern and see how it’s made. Bring your project and share your ideas.
Meeting Minutes of Viking Woodcarver’s Meeting
October 27, 2003
By Nancy Dardis
President Jim Forrey called the meeting to order. There were 77 members and 5 guests in attendance. Even Iver Anderson returned this month – complete with a band-aid on his finger to prove he’s been carving. Merle Erickson is still recovering slowly from the severe stroke he suffered over the summer. If you would like to send a card, his address is 2012 Laurel, St Paul, MN 55104.
Treasurer Lew Forsmark provided the up to date Treasurer’s report. The balance on October 1st was $4,850.45. At the time of the show (Oct 24), the balance was $4,868.37. The Treasurer’s report and September meeting minutes, as printed in the previous newsletter, were approved and seconded.
Jim does not have a speaker lined up for December or January yet, and he is always looking for more program ideas. If you have suggestions, call him at (612) 721-6074.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!
2003 Fall Show – Har Mar Mall
The show was held Oct 25-26 with 45 exhibitors at 79 tables. The sales success was varied.
One notable comment: You have to chat with people and get them involved before you will make a sale. Several carvers simply worked, read the paper, or munched behind their tables as potential buyers passed by. Walt Grittner isn’t talking sales, but he put on his special charm when he let three little girls gather up all the chips from his table to take home as a souvenir - at no charge! Do you think those girls would be interested in helping with November Carve-In cleanup?
Caps and Patches
Viking logo caps and the new 3” patch are available at all meetings: Caps = $15, Patches = $4. These items and many more are available from EmbroidMe at 98th & Lyndale (Clover Shopping Center). There are two ways you can get in on the action:
1. Lew will have an order form where you can select what you want from a large array of items (not just hats and patches!). Pay for the item at the meeting and the Viking club will order it for you. It should be available at the following meeting.
2. Go to EmbroidMe and tell them you are a Viking member. Browse the catalog and select your item. They will put the Viking logo on and deliver it to the club as soon as possible. You pay for the item at the next Viking meeting.
No more paying for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or cider. Our annual donation to Knights of Columbus provides these liquid refreshments FREE to members during the meeting. HOWEVER, if you want one of those delicious donuts, please put $1 in the kitty. The coffee committee must bring these in special.
Tom selects his wood carefully. His primary requirement is that it is green wood. He has used birch, cherry, hard maple, plum, apple, apricot, lemon, guava, breadfruit, buckthorn and lilac to name a few. He even brought along a demo birch branch he found last week. (It was so green it attacked Jim Ayers who was holding the microphone!)
Tom looks for a branch with a crook that is clean and free of knots (if possible). The bend is used to create a naturally curved connection between the handle and bowl of the spoon. By using the natural grain and keeping the bowl in line with this grain, issues of chipping and cracking are nearly eliminated. If he cannot get to a particular piece quickly, Tom drops it into a large stock tank of water to soak until he is ready to use it. This keeps the wood from drying out.
The demo: Using a pruning saw, Tom sawed off and sliced up the piece he wanted to use. Most of the vicious birch branch would not be used – just the interesting little crook. A flash of the axe and the little crook was split in two. Tom continued to trim the spoon to a rough shape with the axe. He used a flexible straight edge to draw a centerline on the spoon.
Next he ‘free-handed’ the spoon design. In most cases, the design is simple and has a boat-shape when laid upside down. He continued to rough out the spoon with the axe, taking short chops at the wood to control the grain splitting. Working slowly allows him to change the design, as needed, if a flaw is found in the wood.
Once the rough out was complete, Tom switched to a large carving
knife and further refined the shape. He completed the handle with
long sweeping strokes to eliminate the need for sanding. Tom’s serving
spoons include the classic Swedish hook on the back of the handle to keep
the spoon on the edge of a bowl. When the handle was complete, he
started work on the outside bowl edge again with the large carving knife.
Only when the exterior was done did he switch to a custom curved carving
knife to thin the bowl from the inside working across the grain.
The walls of a finished eating spoon bowl should be no more than ¼”
thick. Serving spoons are thicker, but still have a delicate and
The secret to the perfect spoon is to keep the bowl depth low enough to eliminate cross-grain on the edge. Let the grain work for you!
Completed carvings dry for 2-3 days before Tom finishes them with linseed oil or beeswax. Tom ended his presentation with several slides of spoons from a gallery exhibition, his antique collection, and his own production. We all went home wondering if we could truly carve something as delicate as a spoon with an axe – and still have ten fingers to show for it!
From the Carvers' Companion - Woodcarver Online Magazine
Loren Woodard, editor of Notes From the Net http://www.carverscompanion.com/
SOFTENING WOOD WITH ALCOHOL
From: Rick Jensen email@example.com
Get a small spray bottle and fill it halfway with rubbing alcohol and the rest with good Minnesota lake water (any water will do). When working on a piece of wood that is difficult to carve because of the end grain or hardness of the wood, spray a little of the alcohol and water mix on the wood and let it sit for a minute and then carve away. It works extremely well. The results will surprise you. I've been doing this for several months and have had no ill effects. It may raise the grain a tiny bit but that shouldn't be too much of a problem if your tools are sharp. The only problem I have is that it smells like the doctor's office. Give it a try.
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VIKING MAGNUM OPUS
(SHOW AND TELL) – October, 2003
Jupe Houman Trapper Basswood Acrylics Carved out of 3” X 3” X 12”
Clarence Moe Kachina Clown Basswood Acrylics 2nd Place at Chicago WCS
Aaron Ionta Oumpa Man Basswood Acrylics, Oil, Stain
Work in Progress Cottonwood Bark
Duane Edwards Snowman Basswood Acrylics/ Poly Mike Shipley Pattern
John Jensen Loon /w Crayfish Basswood Oil
Hugh Salisbury Hunting Scene Butternut Unfinished Combination of 3 Pictures
Lew Forsmark Two Bluegills Basswood Acrylics/Deft Butternut Base
Ray Gritche Snowman Basswood Acrylics
Nancy Dardis Woodburning Aspen Paddles WaxWatercolors
Vangie Krueger Santa Face Basswood Oil/Krylon Wall Hanging
Santa Face Old Spool Acrylics Liquid Wax
Leo Mielke Troll Basswood Acrylics/Wax “Carving Characters” Pattern
Esther Allen Santa w/ Presents Basswood Acrylics/ Poly
Dick Allen Mountain Man Basswood Acrylics, Oil Harley’s Class
Jack Tortillotte Eagle Butternut Acrylics/ Poly
Bob and Mary Knight Basswood Acrylic
Erickson Dancer Basswood Acrylic
Color pictures, click <HERE>
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 (651) 451-7217
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 & Artists
8150 – 137th St. W. Apple Valley, Mn 55124 (952) 432-7066
Nelson-Johnson Wood Products, Inc.
3910 Bryant Ave No., Mpls., MN 55412 (612) 529-2978 - cell phone (612) 644-4567
Chris Thompson, Carver and Instructor, (651) 457-4130
Gen Jansen, Carver and Instructor, (320) 252-3966
Bob Masse “Ruff-Cuts”
4930 Whitcomb Dr, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 271-2883
Brad Oren Sculpture Supply
Complete source for stone, wood, clay, abrasives & tools.
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 (952) 884-3634
Gregg McCabe, Stubai tool distributor
425 Madison St NE, Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-9342
Garry N. Kolb - Woodcarving Supplies
2528 24 Ave NW, Rochester, Mn. 55901 (507) 289-9138
Copperhead Road Logging and Lumber
Joe Jewett – 54852 Great River Rd. Palisade, Mn. 56469 (218) 845-2832
Duck-r-us.com Ron Fisher
Duck Decoy Blanks. 1-800-231-7370 www.ronfisher.com
Please be advised that Eugene N Mayer passed
away on October 21, 2003 after a long battle with Cancer. Gene was
a past Newsletter Editor for Vikings Woodcarvers