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.

Your Chip Chatter for August 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, July Show, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on July 26, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for August 2016
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

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

 The 28th Annual July Show was another wonderful event. Many folks commented on the great works on display. Bruce Henn of Troy, OH was our judge. John Clark won 1st and 2nd Best of Show and Roger Strautman got 3rd Best of Show. If I can find the list I’ll let you know how more of our entrants fared.

Get your carving ready for the Caricature Carvers of America Competition held in Converse at the EWCC. Competition will be held on August 18th so be ready.

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.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

We can use some Live Auction items for our December Auction. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Yes, I know it’s early but we sold everything we had at the July Auction.

I spent four days at the Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup at Poor John’s Campground in Fletcher, OH. We had a ball even though it was in the mid 90’s every day. This is an event you need to get on your Calendar for next year.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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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? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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JULY SHOW RESULTS

Best of Group – A

1st-Roger Strautman 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd –Jim Judd

B. 1st-Farley Baker 2nd- Dick Belcher 3rd-Farley Baker

C. 1st-John Clark 2nd –John Clark 3rd –Dick Belcher

D. 1st –John Clark 2nd –Vic Dunlap 3rd –Steve McPhearson

E. 1st-Dick Belcher 2nd-Beth Buie 3rd-Dick Belcher

F. 1st-2nd&3rd – Scott Brown

H. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd& 3rd Dick Belcher

J. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd-Ben Cash

K. 1st- Don Worley 2nd-Jack Shelton 3rd-Steve Fowler

L. 1st-2nd&3rd- Judy Woodruff

M. 1st-Jim Hartley 2nd-Boib Baber 3rd-Vic Dunlap

N. 1st-Beth Buie 2nd-Larry Fox 3rd-Randy Hindshaw

O. 1st-Vic Dunlap 2nd-Jack Shelton 3rd-Ben Cash

P. 1st- Vic Dunlap 2nd- Jim Hartley 3rd-Bob Courtney

Q. 1st- Farley Baker 2nd-Scott Brown 3rd –Scott Brown

R. 1st-Tammy Roe 2nd- Tammy Roe 3rd-Beth Buie

 

MORE SHOW RESULTS

Cane Raffle-Don Harter, friendship – Nancy Arrick, small cane.

EWCC Founders Award, Beth Buie

Tom Brown Memorial Knife, Mildred Freeman  Chuck Leming Spoon Award, Bob Woodruff  Linda Haines Memorial Award, Charlie Cooke  Tom Brown Caricature Award, Don Worley

Tag Team Contest – 1st Bruce Henn, Scott Brown & Don Worley

2nd Gay Shelton, Beth Buie & Gary Freeman

3rd Roger Strautman, Elaine Boune & Jeff Moore

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 6, 2016 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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2016 Calendar

August 11-14
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Pla-Mor Campground – Bremen, IN

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar, Converse

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

September 6
EWCC Board Meeting

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
EWCC Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Converse Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
EWCC December Show

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2017 Calendar

July 15-16
29th EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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WOOD MAGICK

“I don’t think there is any thrill that can go through
the human heart like that felt by the artist as he or she
sees some creation of the soul unfolding to completion.”
—Michael Keller

Michael Keller is a woodcrafter located in Chelan, Washington who favors aromatic woods such as Alaska Yellow Cedar, Desert Juniper, Port Orford Cedar, and old growth Western Red Cedar.

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Michael’s work has a raw, natural feel to it. His wood sculptures are not overworked giving his pieces, particularly his walking sticks and canes, a very balanced energy, invoking a very native sensibility.

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You can visit his website Michael Keller Woodworking: Distinctive Art in Wood for more details.WalkgStickEagleWizardLG

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Your Chip Chatter for July 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on June 28, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for July 2016
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

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

We still have empty tables at the 28th July Show so please sign up for one. We always have a great time and usually have a great turn-out of visitors. We also pay out some good cash.

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.  We are getting closer to our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

Our monthly meeting was set back for a week to accommodate a Rich Wetherbee class. Rich held two classes and both were great.

We can use some Live Auction items. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club. Also come and see what we already have.

We will get our remaining windows upstairs replaced soon. They will start after the July Show.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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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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Sunshine Corner

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on September 6, 2016 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

July 16-17
EWCC Show at Converse

July 20-23
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

August 11-14
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
Pla-Mor Campground – Bremen, IN

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar, Converse

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

September 6
Board Meeting

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

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Wood Magick

Artist Spotlight: Jay Haavik

Jay Haavik is an internationally renowned woodcarver, specializing in indigenous and older traditional cultures, particularly that of the Viking Age and that of the native tribes that populated the Northwest Coast of North America. A full time studio artist, Jay Haavik’s workshop is in Seattle, Washington and he is an instructor at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

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After several trips to Norway, Haavik became enthralled by the woodcarvings of the ancient Norse craftsmen and began an exhaustive study of their techniques which culminated in him being hired by the New Oseberg Foundation as the lead carver in the making of a replica of the infamous Oseberg Viking Ship.

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You can find out more about Jay and his work by visiting his website: jayhaavik.com

Rich Wetherbee Seminar

Posted in Woodcarving on June 16, 2016 by ewcc

Rich Wetherbee
Carving or Clay Seminar

Rich will offer two 4 hour carving classes Wednesday Evening & Thursday Evening on June 22 & 23 for the price of just $50.00

If interested, contact Steve Fowler, Mildred Freeman or any Officer or Board Member.

Be sure to let them know if you want clay or carving. Ruffouts are available.

Your Chip Chatter for June 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on May 27, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for June 2016
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

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner

(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Our beginning woodcarving classes have been great. We presented certificates of completion to the new carvers. We did work on faces again with the beginners once more.

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.  We are still short of our goal this year so any help would be appreciated.

Our new monthly project is for you to do a block for the Friendship Cane. The fee is $1.00 for the contest but you must pay $5.00 for the block and it will be returned when you finish the block. We need 14 for the cane that will be raffled off at the July Show.

We can also use some Live Auction items. If you have any carvings or carving items to donate bring them to the Club.

Ed & Jill Snyder paid us a visit on May 17th and brought a friend, Chris, to look things over. Another trio stopped in to see the Hammer Room. They were walking across America having started in Delaware.

The Circle City Show was in a new location and was really nice.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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OUR RECIPE CORNER 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
3 oz. package of cream cheese
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (reserve white)
2 cups all purpose flour
Blend together sugar, margarine, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla, and egg yolk with mixer. Mix in flour until well blended.
Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for two hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough, one third at a time, on a lightly floured surface. Using a cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out cookies as close together as possible.
Place the cookies one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. To prevent breaking, move cookies to and from baking sheets with a wide spatula or pancake turner.
Leave cookies plain or, if desired, brush with slightly beaten egg white and spring with colored sugar.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are a light golden brown. Cool completely.
{My mom always told me the most important part of making sugar cookies was to take them out as soon as they were even slightly brown on the bottom, or not at all. I took mine out before they had even browned and left them on the cookie sheet to cool. That made them extra soft and delicious.}
If desired, use the almond glaze below.
Almond Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 Tb. water
4 drops of food coloring
Stir all ingredients until smooth.
Pour 1 teaspoon of glaze on each sugar cookie. Use the back of the teaspoon to spread glaze evenly over cookie. Let glaze dry.

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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? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on June 7, 2016 to conduct business.

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

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Wood Magick

Jake Powning is a skilled craftsman and artist. He works in several mediums, but with a Northern European influence throughout. I am particularly interested in his sword work, but as you can see, his woodworking is a marvel as well.

powning

powning scabbard

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Calendar

June 4
Shelley Graves Basket Class

July 16-17
EWCC Show at Converse

July 20-23
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road, Wilmington

October 15-16
Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

Friendship Cane

Posted in Woodcarving on May 12, 2016 by ewcc

Hi Y’all,

We are going to use our Friendship Cane as our monthly project. The cost to get a block is $6.00 and you will get $5.00 back when you return your finished block. The other dollar will be used as prize money for the contest. Come in and get your block soon.

Thanks in advance,
Gary

Your Chip Chatter for May 2016

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on April 25, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for May 2016
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

Web site – http://www.ewcc.wordpress.com

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Carvers Corner
(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

Our beginning woodcarving classes have been great. We’ve had 8 students and most have joined our carving club. We will have a few extra classes added to the end due to some new projects being planned. Jeff taught relief carving for three weeks. Gary did a class on faces and Steve did a class on a stylized otter. As of now we’ll have a bark class and a Comfort Bird class. Maybe even more to come.

The Raintree Show was held March 19th and was wonderful with great weather and good attendance. The Duneland Show on April 2-3 was great and was well attended. The Brukner Woodcarving & Art Show at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, OH was also great.  Both the April shows had nasty weather with snow sleet and wind. The Linda Sales Woodburning Class in Converse was great and Linda had 11 students. Some of the students work is posted on our Facebook page.

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.  We are still short of our goal this year so any help would be appreciated. Bob Alexander will teach the beginners class the art of Comfort Bird carving soon.

We had a raccoon and finally caught it. Saturday night Bob was in the building and heard another one upstairs so the hunt is on again. Wish us luck.

Bob Folk passed on April 24, RIP friend.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family member. Always due in December.

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on June 7, 2016 to conduct business.

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

***

Calendar

May 7-8
North Arkansas Carving Show

May 14
Circle City Carving Show – Indy

July 16-17
EWCC Show at Converse

July 20-23
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

August 19-21
C.C.A. Seminar

September 3-4
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
23 Gano Road, Wilmington

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Show

 

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OUR RECIPE CORNER 

Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad
from the Kitchen of Barb Belcher    

                                                                                                                                                                                1 large head of broccoli (just florets, chopped)
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
12 pcs. Bacon, fried crisp
1 cup sunflower nuts or kernels
1 medium onion (or less) diced
½ cup raisins
Mix 1 cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sugar and 2 Tbsp.vinegar.
Add diced onion and raisins.
Let sit for 2 hours.
Then add remainder of ingredients and toss.

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Sunshine Corner

We’ve had a number of members with ailments this winter. Most are now improving and starting to get out and visit us here at the club.

If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know? Many of our folks live away and without your help we may miss the chance to send a card.

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Dayton Carvers Guild

New location for 2016 Dayton Artistry In Wood

We are moving the 2016 Dayton Artistry In Wood Show to the Roberts Centre, near Wilmington, Ohio. This move is in response to the City of Dayton, owners of the Expo Center, announcing that they are turning the facility over to the Greater Dayton Airport who will use it as a storage facility effective June 2016.

We have selected the beautiful Roberts Centre located at 123 Gano Road, Wilmington, OH 45177 located near the intersection of Routes 68 and I-71. This facility offers everything under one roof, Holiday Inn Motel, Max & Erma’s Restaurant, plenty of free parking, and a large exhibition area. The weekend of September 3rd & 4th was available for 2016. We have booked this date.

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Wood Magick

Purpleheart Armory

GoT-Syrio.Sword-2T

It’s no secret I have a fondness for swords. I have become particularly enamored with wooden practice swords of late and hope to begin crafting my own soon. As such, I’ve been prowling the internet, looking for  examples of well made trainers and the men (and women) who make them.

One of the finest craftsman of wooden practice swords I’ve stumbled upon can be found in the heart of Texas — Purpleheart Armory’s Christian Darce.

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Purpleheart Armory is a small, family owned business that specializes in wooden training swords. They created the training swords used by Arya Stark and Syrio Forel on HBO’s Game of Thrones and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen billy club for the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil.

The Syrio Forel Training sword, pictured above, is made of hickory, with a jatoba pommel and crossguard.

Most of the wasters are priced at or around $60 and are high impact grade.

For more information, visit their website.

—BF

Circle City Carving Show Application

Posted in Woodcarving on April 4, 2016 by ewcc

Here is a link to download the Circle City Carving Show Application.

CCC 2016 Show Registration sheet

Deadline for entry is May 7th, 2016.

For more information contact Sherry Beck at slbeck@comcast.net

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