Archive for March, 2017

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

Newsletter – Gary Freeman

Website – Bob Freeman

Club Phone

Club e-mail


(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,



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.



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.



April 1-2
Duneland Carvers Show

April 8-9
Brukner Woodcarving Show

April 29
Circle City Show

May 6-7
Linda Sales Class

May 20-21
Don Worley Relief Class

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



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.



Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
from the kitchen of Jim Stewart

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

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.



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.”


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.