Welcome to the Online Home of the E.W.C.C.

Posted in Woodcarving on February 6, 2009 by ewcc

The Eastern Woodland Carvers Club of Converse, Indiana in Miami County, is a non-profit organization made up of people who just love to do wood carving. The club has a membership around 250, and members meet for open carves on Tuesday nights starting at 6 PM, at 101 South Jefferson Street. Throughout the year the club conducts projects together, holds seminars and workshops, maintains a carving library, hosts the EWCC July Carving Show, Ornament Carve & Halloween Trick or Treats, and a December Show that are open to the community.

The Chip Chatter for August 2017

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Our Recipe Corner, Woodcarving on July 25, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for August 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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CARVERS’ CORNER
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

 

The E.W.C.C.  July Carving Show was just great again. Attendance was good and the weather was decent. I hope you all got to come and enjoy our show.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved. Knightstown’s Quality Hardwoods donated some six foot long basswood 2 ½ X 2 ½ for cutting out birds.

Our raffle went well. The Enlow casting was won by Nancy Arrick, the McDonald Clock was won by Gary Helton. The Gosnell carving “Bucket List” was won by Larry Fox and the 4th Annual Tom Brown Memorial Knife by Smithson and holder by Dewayne Gosnell was won by Steve Fowler.

Would some of the carvers like to do carving live during Kokomo’s August 4th First Friday at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library? See an officer.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember it’s always Due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 5, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Calendar

August 10-13
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Bremen, IN

August 18-20
CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

October 28
Ornament carve

October 31
Trick or Treat
5:00 – 8:00

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd
Cincinnati Ohio

December 9
Carry-in and Live Auction

March 24, 2018
Raintree Show

July 21-22, 2018
E.W.C.C. July Show

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know.

Mel Tipton has been in and out of the hospital a few times.

Mary Manuwal had sholder surgery.

Rick Estes is having treatment for Prostate Cancer

Prayers for all.

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December Auction

We are looking for some nice carving donations for our Auction. Tools you don’t use or paint items you’ve never used. Woodburning tips or handles, burning wood you don’t need. Knives and gouges would come in handy. It’s all TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

CHERRY COBBLER
From the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

TAKE A TUBE OF BISCUITS (I USE THE BUTTERY ONES) AND CUT EACH BISCUIT IN 4ths.  PUT IN A 9X9 OR 8X8 PAN, SPREAD OUT.

POUR A CAN OF CHERRY PIE FILLING OVER IT.  SPREAD IT OUT, CAN ALSO BE MADE IN A 9X13 PAN WITH LARGER CAN OF PIE FILLING.

BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES – LET COOL OR EAT WARM WITH ICE CREAM. IN A 9X13 BAKE FOR 40 MINUTES.

IF YOU LET IT COOL – MAKE A SLURRY OF POWDERED SUGAR AND MILK AND DRIZZLE OVER THE COBBLER AND THEN SERVE.

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July Best of Show Winners

1st Best of Show – Roger Strautman

2nd Best of Show – Norm Clifford

3rd Best of Show – Randy Landen

29th Annual EWCC Carving Show

Posted in July Show, Woodcarving on July 12, 2017 by ewcc

Eastern Woodland Carvers Show
Converse Gym
July 15-16, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Banquet Saturday 5:30
101 South Jefferson Street
Live Auction 7:00
UMC Bake Sale Saturday

July 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on June 29, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for July 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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CARVERS’ CORNER
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Remember our July Carving Show will be here before we know it. Please get your table soon and reserve you place at the banquet. If you have any nice carving related items you can donate we can still use items. We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Would some of the carvers like to do carving live during Kokomo’s August 4th First Friday at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library? See an officer.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember it’s always Due in December.

Our beginner’s class at 6:00 on Tuesday is going well.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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BOARD MEETING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We will hold our Board meeting on September 5, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

We will be closed at the EWCC on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

We will, however, be open for a cleaning day on Saturday, July 8th.

We’ll need help getting ready for our July Show and Banquet.

If you can come, we will open at 9 A.M. to do some cleaning.

Thanks in advance.

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July 15-16
29th Annual EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Round-up

August 10-13
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Bremen, IN

August 18,19,20
CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd Cincinnati Ohio

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SUNSHINE CORNER .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know.

Mel Tipton is home from a stay in the hospital. On a sad note our long distance member Lee Reger passed away June 21st in West Virginia.

I just got some sad news, Sue McCowan passed this morning. Moe will need our prayers. He found her on the couch this morning. As per her wishes there will be no services and she will be cremated.You never know when your time is coming as Sue has been worrying about Moe’s heart for a number of years. Sue was one of our Life Members and will be missed by all.

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JULY AUCTION

We are looking for some nice carving donations for our Auction. Tools you don’t use or paint items you’ve never used. Woodburning tips or handles, burning wood you don’t need. Knives and gouges would come in handy. It’s all TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

EASY CHILI DOG CASSEROLE
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

1 can (no bean) Chili (19 oz)
1 can chili beans (15.5 oz)
1 can corn (15.25 oz)
1 package hotdogs (8 to 10 count) any kind
1 package pasta (7 oz) any kind
shredded cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1 small onion (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F
cook pasta according to package instructions. if using onion, dice and sauté, set aside. Open canned chili, beans, corn (drained), dice hotdogs and place all into a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, mixing until warm and blended (add salt and pepper and any seasonings during heating process).
Drain pasta when cooked and pour into a medium-large mixing bowl. Add onions and chili dog mixture to pasta. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese (any kind will do but my favorite is the Mexican style 3 cheese blend or the taco cheese).
Bake in oven for 30 minutes uncovered.
Serves 4.

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AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WOODEZINE

Here’s a quick update from this month in WoodEzine…

In June, we added Alan Mansfield’s essay on photo-realism in marquetry.
We have also updated many of the listings in the Pro Shop dBase (a resource that lists suppliers), the CNC page, and the Schools and Clubs.
And we added a few new entries in the Magazines section: http://www.woodezine.com/magazines.html

Also in June, WoodEzine added a calendar feature on the homepage.
This will list events such as industry trade shows, turning seminars and club events, and it’s searchable by date and location.
Send us your event details for inclusion: http://www.woodezine.com/calendar.html

WoodEzine is also creating a free classifieds section.
Here, you will be able to place FREE non-commercial (woodworker-to-woodworker) ads to swap or sell tools, machines, wood etc.
Just send us an email for inclusion. We have placed a sample ad so you can see how it looks.
http://www.woodezine.com/classifieds.html

As always, we update the NEWS section every day: http://www.woodezine.com/news.html
Among the companies/products covered so far in June were:
ASFD, Assa Abloy, Big Horn, CNC Cookbook, DeWALT, Easy Wood Tools, Elias, Emtek, Hendrick, Master Magnetics Inc., Rangate, REHAU, ShopBot, Tenryu, Thermwood, Vcarve, Voccell and Wood-Mizer.
We also had short pieces about the University of Maine, Vondriska Woodworks, the Georgia Association of Woodturners
and the Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival.

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WOOD MAGICK

Phil Gershwin of Gershwin Woodcraft walks us through how to turn a wand.

June 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Our Recipe Corner, Woodcarving on June 7, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for June 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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CARVERS’ CORNER
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Remember our July Carving Show will be here before we know it. Please get your table soon and reserve you place at the banquet. If you have any nice carving related items you can donate we can still use items.

Our new sign is now hanging out front. It looks really nice.

Our beginner’s class at 6:00 on Tuesday is going well.  It’s not too late if you have someone you think might want to give it a try.

Linda Sales was here for a full class of woodburners on May 6th & 7th.   She had a great class.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.

Our new LED lights are installed. They make a big difference for the carvers.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember it’s always Due in December.

We got a call on May 15th about Gary Gulley falling off a ladder. He had surgery but we haven’t got any new information so lets keep him in our prayers.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Board Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We will hold our Board meeting on June 6, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Sunshine Corner .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know.  Gary Gulley, at home, still needs prayers. Moe also needs prayers.

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CALENDAR                                                                                                                                                                                 July 15-16
29th EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Round-up

August 10-13
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Bremen, IN

August 18-20
CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd Cincinnati Ohio

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July Auction

We are looking for some nice carving donations for our Auction. Tools you don’t use or paint items you’ve never used. Woodburning tips or handles, burning wood you don’t need. Knives and gouges would come in handy. It’s all TAX DEDUCTABLE.

Don’t forget “The Ghost Carvers in the Sky”. Ask Larry Fox.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

ZuppaToscana                                                                                                                                             from the Kitchen of Mildred Freeman

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. Italian sausages (use spicy to get that signature Olive Garden flavor)
4-6 russet potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. REAL bacon pieces (optional)
2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3-4 cloves)
32 oz. chicken broth
1 c. kale or Swiss chard, chopped
1 c. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp flour

DIRECTIONS:

1. Brown sausage links in a sauté pan.
2. Cut links in half lengthwise, then cut slices.
3. Place sausage, chicken broth, garlic, potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat.
4. Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.

30 minutes before serving:
5. Mix flour into cream removing lumps.
6. Add cream and kale to the crock pot, stir.
7. Cook on high 30 minutes or until broth thickens slightly.
8. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

Chip Chatter – May 2017

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on April 28, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for May 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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CARVERS’ CORNER
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Our beginner’s class at 6:00 on Tuesday is going well.  We have three students and all have joined the club. Some of our instructors for classes are Jeff Moore, Mike Mushgrave, Bob Alexander, Steve Fowler, Pat Dolan and Gary Freeman. There may be more to step up and help but that is all I can remember for now.

Linda Sales will be here for a full class of woodburners on May 6th & 7th.   She will be teaching how to burn portraits along with all other forms of her art.

We still need some folks to fill the neat Don Worley relief class. It is a wonderful project and Don is a great instructor.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.

Bob Courtney picked up the LED lights so now we are waiting on our installation man to get here.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember it’s always Due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on June 6, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know. Prayers appreciated.

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Calendar

April 29
Circle City Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class
$80.00

May 20-21
Don Worley Relief Class
$115.00

July 15
29th Annual EWCC July Show

July 19 – 22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Round-up

August 18 – 20
CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd
Cincinnati Ohio

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July Auction

We are looking for some nice carving donations for our Auction. Tools you don’t use or paint items you’ve never used. Woodburning tips or handles, burning wood you don’t need. Knives and gouges would come in handy. It’s all TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

SOUR CREAM CHICKEN CASSEROLE
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

6 BONELESS, SKINLESS CHICKEN BREASTS
2 10-OZ CANS SOUP
8 OZ SOUR CREAM
2 CUPS SHREDDED CHEESE
1 SLEEVE CRUSHED CRACKERS – RITZ, CLUB, ETC.
FRY OR GRILL CHICKEN UNTIL NO LONGER PINK. PLACE IN A 9X13 PAN. MIX CHICKEN SOUP AND SOUR CREAM TOGETHER AND SPREAD OVER CHICKEN. LAYER CHEESE AND CRACKERS ON TOP. AND DRIZZLE WITH MELTED BUTTER.
BAKE AT 350° FOR 30 MINUTES OR TILL HEATED THROUGH.

NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD AMISH RECIPE AND WILL FEED A FAMILY.

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WOOD MAGICK

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Carving a wizard staff will allow you to explore woodcarving in a creative way. Wizard staffs are similar to walking sticks in length. The top portion of the wizard’s staff is typically intricately carved. Mythical objects and claws gripping spheres are common subjects of wizard staff carvings. Wizard staffs are ideal to carve while on a break during a hike or at the campfire because they require only a few basic tools that can be carried in a day pack or even your back pocket.

Step 1
Select a 60-inch section of tree branch or sapling. Wizard staffs should taper from the top to the bottom.

Step 2
Use a carving knife to shave 6 to 8 inches of bark off the top portion of the staff. This will be the section that will be carved.

Step 3
Draw the basic outline of the carving in the portion of the staff that was shaved off. Use a carving knife to start defining the basic shape of the carving.

Step 4
Make small cuts, taking a little bit of the wood away at a time. Small, shallow cuts will result in a more detailed carving. Cut deep grooves or hollowed-out sections of the staff, using a small U-gouge to achieve a smooth, rounded cut in the wood.

Step 5
Continue carving out details, using the knife for sharp cuts and removing excess wood and the gouge for smooth cuts until you are satisfied with the end result.

Step 6
Sand the carving lightly using 120-grit sandpaper.

April 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on March 29, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for April 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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CARVERS’ CORNER
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Our next beginner’s class will be April 4th at 6:00.  Jeff Moore will teach relief.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.

Bob Courtney said he will keep the tool room cleaned up. You can help by cleaning up any mess you make.

The Triad Woodcarvers in Winston Salem, NC are doing a Christmas Ornament project to provide scholarships for youth to take advantage of summer programs offered by the  Sawtooth School of Visual Arts which they would not otherwise be able to afford and participate in.  Some of these programs are art, print making, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, metal art, computer and woodcarving. They have about 20 members and would appreciate it if we could send them some ornaments.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember. Due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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BOARD MEETING

We will hold our Board meeting on June 6, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

Brenda Kallner returned her Board book with Tom’s so we appointed a new member to replace her. Welcome Karen Taylor to the Board.

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SUNSHINE CORNER

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Last month Sherry Beck’s Father passed. Our condolences go out to her and the family.

Prayers appreciated.

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CALENDAR

April 1-2
Duneland Carvers Show

April 8-9
Brukner Woodcarving Show

April 29
Circle City Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class
$80.00

May 20-21
Don Worley Relief Class
$115.00

July 15-16
29th EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Round-up

August 18-20
CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd
Cincinnati Ohio

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JULY SHOW

Our July Show is coming up fast. Click here  29th Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Application-2017 to download the show application. Deadline to enter is July 1st.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
from the kitchen of Jim Stewart

Ingredients:
8 oz. elbow macaroni pasta, cooked
1 pound bacon
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1 cup Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, crushed

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2) Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a stockpot. Cook elbow macaroni pasta for 6-8 minutes, or until al dente. Remove from heat, drain pasta, and set aside.

3) In a large dishwasher-safe sauté pan, cook bacon until crispy and all of the fat has been rendered. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper-towel lined plates to drain, and, once cool, crumble. Remove about half of the rendered fat from the pan.

4) Add jalapeños and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the flour and fat are combined. Whisk in milk  and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add in cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and green onions. Continue cooking until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and add crumbled bacon, and macaroni. Mix to coat.

5) Pour macaroni and cheese into a medium-size casserole dish and top with crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Cook in the oven for 5 minutes and serve warm.

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WOOD MAGICK

Archaeologists excavate 1,000-year-old toy boat in abandoned well

A thousand-year-old toy boat from an abandoned water well gives archaeologists tantalizing clues about the culture that produced the object.

A thousand years ago, for reasons we will never know, the residents of a tiny farmstead on the coast of central Norway filled an old well with dirt.

Maybe the water dried up, or maybe it became foul. But when archaeologists found the old well and dug it up in the summer of 2016, they discovered an unexpected surprise: a carefully carved toy, a wooden boat with a raised prow like a proud Viking ship, and a hole in the middle where a mast could have been stepped.

“This toy boat says something about the people who lived here,” said Ulf Fransson, an archaeologist at the NTNU University Museum and one of two field leaders for the Ørland Main Air Station dig, where the well and the boat were found.

“First of all, it is not so very common that you find something that probably had to do with a child. But it also shows that the children at this farm could play, that they had permission to do something other than work in the fields or help around the farm.”

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Finding a 1000-year-old Scandinavian toy boat is not that common, but it’s not that uncommon either. In fact, a similar boat, in both age and construction, was found in downtown Trondheim in 1900, when the road in front of what is now the Trondheim Main Public Library was dug up to install sewer pipes.

The finds from the city at that time included a big spoon, different handles, pegs made of wood and “a little boat,” according to the acquisitions list. This particular boat is even on display at the NTNU University Museum.

But in the Middle Ages, Trondheim was already established as a trading post and a city, one that was the nation’s capital during the Viking Period until 1217. The concentration of people, and the wealth generated by trade almost certainly ensured that at least some children had the time and ability to play—and thus toys, like the boat, to play with.

The find from Ørland, however, is very different, says Ingrid Ystgaard, an archaeologist who is head of the entire Ørland Main Air Base project.

“The Middle Age farm here is far from the sea, it is not that strategically located,” she said. “There are other farms in Ørland that were better located.”

Thus, this medieval farm was probably not the richest farm in the area, far from it. Yet life here was good enough so that someone had time to carve the toy boat for a child.

And the child had time to play with it.

Boats were among the most technologically advanced objects made in the Middle Ages, Fransson said.

“If you built a Viking ship or a knarr (a type of boat), both children and adults would have thought it was very important, it was very specialized construction,” he said.

“This is a ‘real’ boat. You don’t have to do this much work to make a toy for a child,” Fransson said. Whoever made it “worked to make something that also looked like a boat.”

A realistic looking toy boat would thus have been perceived as “really cool, just like kids today think that race cars or planes are really cool,” he said.

March 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on February 22, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for March 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore
Jmoorecrna@aol.com
765-271-4534

Newsletter – Gary Freeman
carvers@comteck.com
765-251-3663

Website – Bob Freeman
caliburn@comteck.com
765-669-3121

Club Phone
765-251-3663

Club e-mail
ewcc@comteck.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

I will start sending out our July Show Applications in early March. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Our next beginner’s class will begin in the spring.

Those of you interested in doing shows need to check out the Duneland Show. I’ll be helping with the judging this April. Don’t forget to e-mail me any club activities.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember to see an officer while I’m gone.  Dues are due in December.

The Triad Woodcarvers in Winston Salem, NC are doing a Christmas Ornament project to provide scholarships for youth to take advantage of summer programs offered by the  Sawtooth School of Visual Arts which they would not otherwise be able to afford and participate in.  Some of these programs are art, print making, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, metal art, computer and woodcarving. They have about 20 members and would appreciate it if we could send them some ornaments.

The Indiana Historical Society will meet here on March 14 at 3:00. Bob Freeman will host them and show off our building.

Your Ol’ Carvin’ Buddy,
Gary

Addendum:

I got the following note from Karen Taylor:

I wanted to remind you that EWCC will be guest artists for the month of March at Artworks gallery in Kokomo. Some have brought in items so far and the rest will next week. It will be displayed at the gallery until the last week of March. Not sure when you will be back, but you can always bring in some things and I can get them displayed there.

Also on first Friday, March 3rd I will be setting up tables for any carver who wants to come and carve, demonstrate, sell, etc that night.

Bill and I and Steve Fowler will be there..not sure of who else yet. It starts around 5:30 until about 8:30 that evening. If you are back, I would love to have you and Mildred come and be part of the group there.

Just wanted to let you know in case you forgot!

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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know?

Moe McCowan is on Oxygen 24/7 and needs a portable unit to be able to get out for a while. Prayers appreciated.

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Calendar

March 4-5
Middletown Show

March 25
Raintree Woodcarvers Show

April 1-2
Duneland Carvers Show

April 8-9
Brukner Woodcarving Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class
$80.00

July 15-16
29th EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Round-up

August 18,19,20,* CCA Seminar

October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd, Cincinnati Ohio

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Boardmeeting on March 7, 2017 to conduct business and elect a Chairman.

We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.

Make sure to keep me updated so I can keep you in the know.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

Tomato’n’Beef Casserole/Polenta Crust
from the Kitchen of Mildred Freeman

Ingredients

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup plain yellow cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

1 pound ground chuck

1 cup chopped onion

1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced (about 2 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes, drained

1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley .

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bring 3 cups water and 1 tsp. salt to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cornmeal; reduce heat to low, and simmer, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in steak seasoning and 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Spread cornmeal mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.

2. Brown ground chuck in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and transfer to a bowl.

3. Sauté onion and zucchini in hot oil in skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in beef, tomatoes, and tomato paste; simmer, stirring often, 10 minutes. Pour beef mixture over cornmeal crust. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle casserole with parsley just before serving.

Italian Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust: Substitute Italian sausage for ground chuck and Italian six-cheese blend for Cheddar cheese. Prepare recipe as directed, sautéing 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped, with onion in Step 3.

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Wood Magick

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Joel Dournel-Zanni is a custom woodcrafter who resides in Aspen, Colorado.

Born in France, Joel started Blue Frogs Company in 1990 after years of travel and adventure.

Looking to make a clean start, he turned to his passion for wood working as a creative outlet, specializing in Norse and Celtic imagery.

For more information, visit the Blue Frogs Company website.

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