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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.

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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February Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on January 27, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for February 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 hope all is going great for all you guys stuck in Indiana.

Saturday, January 21st the Club had an Open Carve. I’m sure all is great for all the snow-birds.

Jim Stewart said we had twelve at the January meeting plus Boomer.

Bobby opened up the building for the new insurance inspector. He was impressed with everything, said it was his first carving club to check out.

Our next beginner’s class will be 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.

Beth & Tammy enjoyed the Ft. Myers Carving Show in January.

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.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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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 Annual EWCC July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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?

Prayers appreciated.

.:.

Board Meeting

We will hold our Board Meeting 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  

Cabbage Casserole
from the Kitchen of Mildred Freeman

Ingredients:
1 head cabbage (chopped small pieces)
½ Cup rice
½ Chopped Onion
1 ½ lbs. Hamburger
2 Cups Tomato Juice

Directions:
Mix Rice, Onion & Hamburger together.
Cover bottom of 9X13 pan with ½ chopped cabbage.
Spread meat mixture over top of cabbage.
Pour ¾ cup of tomato over mixture.
Top with the rest of the cabbage and the remainder of the Juice.
You may use some Diced Tomato’s if you choose.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 ½-2 hours with oven on 350 degrees.

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WOOD MAGICK

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How to Make a Bow & Arrow

The Bow

1. Find your tree. Avoid weaker woods such as pine and willow in favor of hickory, oak, and maple. Look for a diameter of at least 8 inches, which will require less carving. (Because bows are made from vertical slices of the tree, on a smaller tree the arc of the outside edge—the part that becomes the back of your bow—will be more pronounced, requiring more shaving to flatten it out.)

2. Cut and split the tree. An 8-inch tree provides six or seven bow staves. Leave enough room on the end of each stave to cut off roughly 6 inches, where the wood might have cracks. (For example, a 68-inch bow needs at least a 6∏-foot piece of wood.) Keep the stave roughly 1√ inches wide from tip to tip and 1 inch thick. Leave the bark on to reduce cracking as the wood dries.

3. Let the wood dry. This typically takes at least three or four weeks but can be up to a year. (If you want to be sure, buy a moisture meter and wait for a readout of 11 or 12 percent.) The most flexible wood will warp into a bend called a reflex.

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4. Debark your bow with a drawknife, as shown above, and mark the shape of the bow’s broadside. For a Native American longbow, the 5 inches in the center should be narrower than the limbs—1¼ inches across, widening out to about 1½ inches. About 19 inches from the midpoint, taper down the limb to end with ½-inch-wide tips.

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5. With a drawknife or band saw, refine the shape. Use a pocketknife to finish things off.

6. Lay the bow flat and taper the sides of the limbs with a drawknife. The middle 5 inches, which will be your grip, should be ¾ inch thick, tapering off to 1/2 inch when you reach the ends.

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7. Use a chainsaw file, as seen above, to make string grooves at a 45-degree angle on the outside of both tips, about 1/2 inch from each end. On the bottom limb, make an extra set of grooves for the bow stringer, a separate string used to bend the bow for stringing.

8. Sand down the edges and tips and smooth the front and back surfaces. Then, with one tip of the bow against the ground, apply pressure to the top to create a slight bend—this is called floor tillering—inspecting the bow for any cracks or imperfections. If you see anything other than small cracks on the front, you’ll have to start over with a new piece of wood.

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9. Create a tiller tree (above) to test your bow’s flexibility. Vertically secure a 2 x 4 to the wall. Starting 5 inches from the top, make a horizontal notch with a Skilsaw every inch until you reach 30 inches. String the bow loosely with parachute cord, center it on the top of the tree, and slowly move the string down the notches until it reaches the 28-inch mark, a typical full draw. At each step look for unevenness in the bend of the limbs. If they don’t bend equally, even them up by shaving from the side that doesn’t bend as much.

10. Shorten the parachute cord to make a small bend in the bow (5 inches between the bow center and the string). Repeatedly draw the bow in a mirror to see which side remains slightly stiffer. The stiffer limb will be your lower limb. Once you identify it, use a sander to create a shallow indentation above the handle to the right or left, depending on which hand you use to shoot, for the arrow.

11. Sand and finish the bow. Hunters may want to use a dark stain because it’s harder for animals to see.

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12. Once the bow has been stained, dried, and sealed, wrap the 5 inches of handle with hemp cord using a whipping technique (above). Apply a light coat of glue, such as Titebond III, and let dry.

13. Create your final bowstring using a new length of B-50 bowstring material. A properly strung longbow should have enough bend to leave roughly 7 inches between the bow and the string.

The Arrow

While you can cut your own shafts, you don’t want to. It’s too complicated, and even the smallest imprecision can throw off your shot. Which means making your own arrows is really more of a process of assembly than of construction.

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1. Shaft diameter is determined by the weight of your bow and other factors. Consult a spine chart, such as the one on 3riversarchery.com, to find the appropriate diameter, then order a set of matched wooden shafts ($35 to $50 for a dozen). Jalon prefers to use Port Orford cedar, but Sitka spruce and Douglas fir work too. You’ll also need nocks (about $10 per dozen; size is based on shaft diameter), a fletching jig ($35 to $90), a taper tool (less than $10; size based on shaft diameter), and archery feathers (about $15 per dozen). Turkey feathers are the industry standard because of their thickness and consistency.

2. Wipe the shafts down with acetone to remove any sap, then lightly sand them.

3. Use the taper tool, which resembles an oversized pencil sharpener, to taper one end of the shaft to fit your nock. (Taper tools make both 5- and 11-degree tapers. Use the 11-degree taper for the nock.)

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4. Roll the shaft in an arrow spinner to find any bends. (You can build a simple version yourself using four casters.) Treat any curves by holding the arrow firmly on a flat surface and running the body of a screwdriver over it from end to end. This should force the wood to lie flat. Repeat until the shaft looks straight in the spinner. This is the most important step, so be sure to get it right before moving on.

5. Seal your shafts by brushing them with acrylic floor finish. Let them dry for three to four hours, then sand lightly. Repeat for three total coats.

6. Use clear fletching cement or instant glue to attach a nock to the tapered end of the shaft. Then use a fletching jig (Google it) to attach three or four precut feathers, and let dry.

7. Place the uncut arrow on your bow and draw it back. Have someone else mark the arrow an inch in front of the bow handle. Cut the arrow at the mark, taper the cut end, and apply your point or broadhead using hot glue or epoxy. Let dry.

 

January Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on December 31, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for January 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 Corners
(or Gary’s Gossip Column

Happy New Year everyone. I hope your 2016 was great and hope your 2017 is even better. Our next beginner’s class will be in the Spring.

Don’t forget to e-mail me any club activities.

Christmas in Converse held on December 3rd from 4 to 8 was a blast. Our 4 foot tree with hand carved ornaments we donated to the event sold for $100.00.

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 Carry-in and Live Auction was a ball as always.

Bob & Linda Courtney are our newest Life-Members.

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 March 7, 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.

Sunshine Corner

Tom Kallner got a slight concussion and some scrapes and bruises in a fall a couple of weeks ago.

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

March 4-5
Middletown Show

March 25
Raintree Woodcarvers Show

April 8-9
Brukner Woodcarving Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class $80.00

July 15-16
29th Annual July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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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2016 Club Election

Our election of Officers kept all in their same position. The election for Board of Directors kept Ben Cash and Bob Freeman on for another three years and added a new member, Bill Taylor. All Board members will get their feet wet at our March meeting.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER

  12 BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
from the Kitchen of Donna Anderson

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbls butter, melted
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 375.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine egg and milk; then add the melted butter.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture, stirring with fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Fold in blueberries.  Spoon batter into 12 buttered
3 inch muffin tins, filling each 2/3’s full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

Serve immediately or allow to cool.  Muffins may be frozen.  To reheat, wrap in foil and place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.

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WOOD MAGICK

The Hylestad was a stave church located in Hylestad,  Setesdal district, Norway. The church was estimated to have been built in the late 12th to early 13th century and was demolished in the 17th century. Some of the intricate wood carvings from the church doorway were saved and incorporated into other buildings. They are now on display at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. The carvings show several scenes from the legend of Sigurd Fåvnesbane.

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December Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on November 29, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for December 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 beginner’s classes are completed for this Fall. We have eight really interested new carvers. Our next beginners class will be in the Spring.

We are having Christmas in Converse on December 3rd from 4 to 8. We have donated a 4 foot tree with hand carved ornaments to the event. All items will be auctioned off and proceeds will go to the library and will be on display from November 23rd until the auction at 6p.m. on December 3rd at the Converse Service Center. If you wish to set up to sell items this night just let us know.

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, in fact Ed & Jill Snyder picked up 730 birds we did and 66 from the Indy club.

The Board of Directors voted to suspend the December Show. We will still have our Carry-in and Live Auction as in the past. 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. Remember, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family… Remember. Due in December.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on Tuesday, December 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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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 was in the hospital in Indy for a heart procedure and is now home. Suzi Brown in getting more able every day to get out and walk among us after knee replacement surgery. Ben Cash is also recovering from a knee replacement too.

Prayers appreciated.

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2016 Calendar

December 3
Christmas in Converse

December 10
December Carry-in & Auction
Open at 4:00
Eat at 5:00
Auction at 7:00

2017 Calendar

March 4-5
Middletown Show

March 25
Raintree Woodcarvers Show

April 8-9
Brukner Woodcarving Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class $80.00

July 15-16
29th Annual July Show

July 19-22
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

Baked Onion Rings
from the Kitchen of Jan Bragg

 Cook 15 Min

Ingredients

1 – yellow onion – ends trimmed off, peeled, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

2 – eggs

2 – Tbsp. milk

3 c -panko bread crumbs

1/2 c – flour

salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2 Separate onion slices into individual rings.

3 Whisk eggs with milk in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Place panko crumbs into a separate bowl.

4 Place onion rings into a large resealable plastic bag. Add flour, salt, and black pepper; seal bag and shake until rings are well coated with flour.

5 Drop flour-coated onion rings into egg/milk mixture, a few at a time, and toss lightly with tongs until coated. Place rings into panko crumbs and gently shake the bowl to toss the crumbs with the onion rings until rings are coated with crumbs.

6 Transfer coated onion rings to a large baking sheet; spray rings lightly with cooking spray.

7 Bake in the preheated oven until onion rings are tender and crumbs are lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

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Wood Magick

Arvid Kristoffersen
Drawing, Carving, and Writing History

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Hailed as the No. 2 fairytale artist in Norway, Kristoffersen, a longtime Flathead Valley resident, is known for his paintings and carvings, especially his series of what he calls “Happy Trolls,” following the silly forest creatures in lives less scary than their traditional counterparts. A series of three books recently came out chronicling essential Norwegian artists from the Iron Age to present time, and Kristoffersen is in the third.

Kristoffersen, 87, will make a rare appearance at a local art show, with plans to have a table of art at the upcoming Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead show at the Flathead County Fairgrounds, Nov. 25-27. The booth will offer prints of his famous illustrations, and a chance to talk to a legend in the field.

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He’ll be recognizable by the horned helmet with blond braids he’ll be wearing, which garnered about 200 photos with people at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota.

Kristoffersen’s paintings of American Indian culture and early cowboys used to cover all four floors of the Havre Courthouse rotunda until a renovation covered them up, and in the 1960s, he artistically restored the Conrad Mansion, which at the time was slowly coming apart. The ceiling had gotten wet and was falling down, so Kristoffersen was tasked with repainting and replacing the original art and carvings.

The renovations were such a success that Kristoffersen was asked to do the same for Sam Bibler’s house by Foy’s Lake, now the site of the Bibler Home and Gardens.

Kristoffersen is also responsible for the art in the Fargo-Moorhead Sons of Norway Kringen Lodge, in which he painted murals on 90 feet of walls, then added more than 20 intricately carved, large trolls. He carved the Viking ship on the outside and painted the flowers in the conference room. His work there earned him and his wife an invitation to breakfast with the Norwegian princess.

For more on this story, visit the original source: Flathead Beacon

 

November Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Woodcarving on October 28, 2016 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for November 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)

Some of our snowbirds have already headed South and more will leave by the end of December. Make plans to attend the club if possible to enjoy the hardy winter folks and hot coffee.

Our beginner’s classes are going great. We have eight really interested new carvers. After five or six weeks they are still carving and doing a great job.

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, in fact Ed & Jill Snyder plan to be here on November 1st to pick up the birds.

The Board of Directors voted to suspend the December Show. We will still have our Carry-in and Live Auction as in the past. 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. Remember, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

Mildred & I attended the Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show and highly recommend it for next year. It is in a great location and the room fees are reasonable.

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

Your Ol’ carvin’ buddy,
Gary

 

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Board Meeting

We will hold our Board meeting on December 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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OUR RECIPE CORNER

Peach Cobbler
from the Kitchen of Capt. Gary Graham

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ cups Sliced Peaches
1 Cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 Tbls. Shortening
1 Tbls. Milk
½ cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

DIRECTIONS:
Combine peaches, ½ cup sugar and the water.  Stir and keep hot. Beat the egg, 1 cup sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Put into baking dish and put hot peaches over all. Bake 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

This recipe came from the book “Down Island Rhymes & down Home Recipes by Capt. Gary A. Graham. He is from Converse, a friend and also a classmate. Gary now lives on a small island in S.W. Florida named Matlacha.

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2016 Calendar

October 29
Ornament Carve 10 – 5

October 31
Trick or Treat 4 – 8

December 10
December Carry-in & Auction
We’ll open the building by 4:00, eat at 5:00
Auction will start by 7:00

2017 Calendar

March 25 * Raintree Woodcarvers Show

April 8-9 * Brukner Woodcarving Show

May 6-7 * Linda Sales Class $80.00

July 15-16 * 2017 29th July Show

July 19-22 * Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup

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

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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.

Moe is getting stronger for his needed heart procedure. Suzi Brown in getting more able every day to get out and walk among us after knee replacement surgery. Ben Cash is also recovering from a knee replacement too.

Prayers appreciated.

Ornament Carve & Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2016 by ewcc

Ornament Carve & Halloween
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:00 – 5:00
Ornament Carve here at the Club

Carve one for yourself for free and carve one for the Club so we can Auction it off at our Christmas Carry-in & Auction

Don’t forget It’s a carry-in on Ornament day too.

Bring in loads of candy for Trick or Treat if you can’t be here on the 31st

We have in excess of 300 so it will take loads of candy. On Halloween we will open at 4 p.m. and close about 8:15.

—Gary