Chip Chatter – May 2017

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.

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