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Chip Chatter: January 2018

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on January 9, 2018 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for January 2018
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)

Happy New Year to you all. See you on January 9th for our club meeting. I hope you are staying warm on these really cold days. I’m glad we canceled two weeks of Open Carve over the holidays as it was frigid nearly every day.

On December 7th we celebrated Christmas in Converse. Our Live Auction on the 9th was loads of fun again this year.  Just got word that Larry Yudis is in a long term care facility recuperating from a broken patella.  Prayers will be appreciated.

Here is a hearty thank you to all those still continuing to help out with the Comfort Birds.

Our Snow Birds have headed south for the winter. Jerel & Tammy Roe are sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and Dave & Mary Johnson are in Texas. Anyone I missed just let me know.

It’s Dues collecting time. Just $10.00 + $1.00 per additional family member.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,
—Gary

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Board Meeting

We’ll hold our next Board Meeting on March 6, 2018 at 5:30 to conduct business. All are welcome. We need officers present and accounted for and require five board members for a quorum.  If you have any ideas for subjects that need covered, drop us a note.

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2018 Officers

Jeff Moore is President

Jack Shelton is 1st Vice

Steve Fowler is 2nd Vice

Jim Stewart is Treasurer

Mildred Freeman is Financial Secretary

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CALENDAR

March 3-4
Miami Valley Woodcarvers Show

March 24
Raintree Show

April 14-15
Linda Sales

July 18-20
Dwayne Gosnell Seminar

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

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Our Recipe Corner
from the kitchen of Jim Stewart

Applesauce Gingerbread

An autumn recipe if there ever was one, this gingerbread is heavenly when served warm, with or without whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. You don’t need an electric mixer for this easy recipe — just a big spoon and a willingness to stir.

Ingredients: 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup applesauce

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking dish, or use baking spray with flour.

2. Combine the melted butter, brown sugar and molasses in a medium mixing bowl. Add the eggs, stir in the applesauce and beat well.

3. Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon into the batter. Stir well, scraping sides of bowl and mixing thoroughly.

4. Pour into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

Makes about 12 servings.

Here’s a tip for working with molasses: Measure the molasses in the same, unrinsed cup you used to measure the butter. The molasses will slide out of the cup without leaving a drop behind. Of course, this works with honey, too.

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Wood Magick

viking-longship

Connor and I are of a mind to carve a viking longship in 32mm scale. As it will be our first project of this kind, our expectations are low and we don’t presume to come anywhere near the thing pictured above, but we’re eager to tackle the thing just the same.

Any advice as we get under way will be appreciated.

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Chip Chatter: December 2017

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on November 26, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for December 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)

On December 7th our Holiday month will start off with a bang. The Converse Historical Society and the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club will join in with the rest of Downtown Converse for an old fashioned party. So many things will happen in Downtown Converse it’s impossible to name them all Just come on into downtown at 5 p.m. and hang around until 8 p.m. I know the EWCC will have a free raffle along with the Historical Society.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On December the 9th the Carving Club will hold it’s 29th Annual Carry-in and Live Auction. We do have many wonderful items for the auctions already with many more items expected in before the evening starts, The Carry-in starts at 5:30 then a few special prizes and the Auction begins around 7 to 7:15. Remember it’s all TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

I missed my plans to attend the Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show on November 11-12th this month due to health setbacks,

Here is a hearty thank you to all those still continuing to help out with the Comfort Birds.

Don’t forget the December Carry-in and Auction. Donations are still needed and ideas are most welcome.

Speaking of December, it’s just around the corner, which means it’s Dues collecting time. Just $10.00 + $1.00 per additional family member.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,
—Gary

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Calendar

December 7
Christmas in Converse
5-8pm

December 9
Carry-in and Live Auction

March 24
Raintree Show

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

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Board Meeting

We’ll hold our next Board Meeting on December 5, 2017 at 5:30 to conduct business. All are welcome. We need officers present and accounted for and require five board members for a quorum.  If you have any ideas for subjects that need covered, drop us an email.

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December Meeting

We’ll hold our December Meeting on Tuesday the 12th and elect our officers for one more year

 Jeff Moore is President                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jack Shelton is 1st Vice                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Fowler is 2nd Vice                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jim Stewart is Treasurer                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mildred Freeman is Financial Secretary

Nomination may be made from the floor.

Don’t forget the monthly project, Knife Sheath, and win some big prize money.

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Our Recipe Corner

 Easy Apple Pie
from the Kitchen of  Suzi Brown

Ingredients

One 16.5 Oz tube of Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
One 20 oz. can of apple pie filling
Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup of granulated sugar & 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon)

Instructions

Press 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan.
Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar.
Spread the apple pie filling over the cookie base.
Take small amounts of the remaining cookie dough, flatten it slightly and place over the pie filling. It will not cover the pie filling completely.
Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake in a 350* oven until the cookie dough is baked – mine took about 35-40 minutes.
Allow bars to cool and cut into squares.

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Wood Magick

Smaug brought to life in wood…

On deviantart, the artist known as Thorleifr has posted images of his carved rendition of Smaug based upon the brilliant illustration by John Howe known as Smaug the Golden.

Based in Switzerland, Thorleifr has a deep appreciation of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, the art of John Howe, and the world of Middle-earth.

He is also quite talented. I would certainly love to have something similar in my own collection…

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Your Chip Chatter for November 2017

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on November 2, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for November 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’m back again although a bit late. Still not firing on all eight cylinders yet. Remember to keep me posted on news that needs to be added monthly.

I’m still planning to attend the Cincinnati Carvers Guild Show on November 11-12th this month.

Bill Taylor brought in two 4X8 sheets of foam and he and Bob Alexander worked on covering the holes on the 3rd floor to keep out the starlings..

Here is a hearty thank you to all those still continuing to help out with the Comfort Birds.

Rich Wetherbee was here for a visit and instructed on October 25th . We hosted our annual Ornament Carve on October 28th and had a grand total of 387spooks.

Randy Hurst will be giving a Cowboy Santa class November 4 – 5th.

Don’t forget the December Carry-in and Auction. Donations are still needed and ideas are most welcome.

Speaking of December, it’s just around the corner, which means it’s Dues collecting time. Just $10.00 + $1.00 per additional family member.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,
—Gary

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Calendar

—November 4-5
Randy Hurst
$70.00

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

—December 9
Carry-in and Live Auction

—March 24
Raintree Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   —July —July 21-22
E.W.C.C. July Show

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Board Meeting

We’ll hold our next Board Meeting on December 5, 2017 at 5:30 to conduct business. All are welcome. We need officers present and accounted for and require five board members for a quorum.  If you have any ideas for subjects that need covered, drop us an email.

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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. Please remember all of you good cooks, pies and cakes bring in some nice bids, Remember it’s all TAX DEDUCTABLE. We already have some nice items.

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

Fudge Pie
from the Kitchen of Arlene Clements

Ingredients:

1 Cup Sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
½ Cup Flour
Mix together
Blend in:
—1 stick melted butter or margarine
—Eggs
—1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

Pour into buttered pie pan and bake on 350° for 25 minutes. If glass pan is used bake at 325°. Don’t bake too long, center should be soft. Makes 2 – 3 as easy as one, freezes fine.

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WOOD MAGICK

I’d like to draw your attention to the work of Garth Meacham, who lives and carves in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I met Garth through twitter and he often shares his work, both new and old, there and on his facebook page.

Here’s something he said about how he became drawn to his art —

There is a magic to the early Scandinavian art form. The lines of the Viking ship  are breathtaking. The craftsmanship that hand carved the keel, ribs and planking  was justified in the way the ship handled in the rough seas. I saw my first  blackened hull of an ancient Viking ship in Copenhagen in 1958. Although my family was a little late and the museum was closing we were allowed into a large room where  the ship rested. I could only stare in awe. It was as if   something very familiar  to me was taking me back in time. Very hard to explain, but the mind of a  7 year old is fertile ground for the imagination to run wild. The sight of a rusted Viking sword hanging on the wall in a glass case only  fueled the fire.

 

Your September 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on August 31, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for September 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 C.C.A. Carving Show & Seminar was just great again. Attendance was too good and the weather was decent. We had a ball. Our raffles went well and we made some money. All items were donated.

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. Dick Belcher cut out some birds and carved some too.

There is a possibility that Rich Wetherbee may be here in October for a class. $170.00 for wood or clay October 28-28th and 8 – 12 students. Let me or Steve know now. Randy Hurst will be here November 4 – 5th for a class on a Cowboy Santa.

Start making plans for the December Carry-in and Auction. We need donations.

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 We’ll 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

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

—October 28
Ornament Carve             

—October 31
Trick or Treat
5:00 – 8:00     

—November 4-5
Randy Hurst
$70.00     

—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
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.

Mary Manuwal had shoulder surgery.

Rick Estes is having treatment for Prostate Cancer, prayers for both and all in need of prayers.

Condolences to Mildred, whose father passed away August 21

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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 DEDUCTABLE.

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July Show Winners

Chuck Leming Spoon Award – Steve Fowler

Founders Santa Award – Farley Baker

Linda Haines Animal Award – Beth Bui

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OUR RECIPE CORNER  

Mom’s Goulash
from the Kitchen of  Pam David

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. macaroni
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, diced
garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, & hot sauce to taste
2 (14.5 oz.) cans whole stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons ketchup
Tomato juice as needed

Instructions:
Cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions.

While it’s cooking, brown the ground beef and onion together in an extra-large skillet or in a Dutch oven.

Drain and season with spices to taste.

In a large bowl, mash tomatoes with potato masher and add to beef along with the ketchup.

Drain macaroni and add to the beef mixture, stirring well.

Taste and add additional seasoning as needed.

I didn’t need to add any tomato juice to mine, but if you like yours very juicy you can add as much tomato  juice as you like. Phyllis adds it to her leftovers, which I would also recommend, because the noodles tend  to soak up all the juice with time

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Wood Magick

—The History of Norwegian Woodcarving

In Norway, woodcarving is an ornamental art form that has a long history dating back before the Viking era (ca. 800 – 1050 A.D.). The level of quality of the earliest examples of woodcarving from this time indicates that by the Viking era woodcarving already had a strong tradition. Therefore, it seems that the majority of the woodcarving done during the Viking era was crafted by trained artists.

As time passed and tools became more accessible to those untrained in the craft, such as farmers, woodcarving became more prevalent among the everyday lives of the people.

Besides Norway’s iconic stave churches, woodcarving was used to adorn functional items such as butter dishes, bowls and boxes, as well as houses and barns. The motifs of animals and plants, as well as geometric designs often blending and developing as people came into contact with new styles of woodcarving.

Today, woodcarving has become a more refined craft and a rare art form. While the tradition continues, it is no longer common to see woodcarving influencing every aspect of our daily lives. Rather, woodcarving is once again mainly practiced by trained artists, instead of the common man.

—Carved Figures

Woodcarving was not exclusively used in Norway for the ornamentation of buildings and objects. There is also a long standing tradition of figure carving, often figures of animals and humans. The early examples of carved figures in Norway are believed to have been used as charms for protection or good-luck. Carved figures were often seen mounted in houses or standing guard of buildings. Today, figure carving has become a traditional folk art practiced in both Norway and in North America.

—The Wood

Wood was a universal material in early Norwegian construction and crafting. Due to the topography and climate in Norway the different types of wood (pine, spruce and birch) used were often not harvested until they had grown for 75 to 100 years due to slow tree growth. Once harvested, the wood would be used to make almost everything from buildings and vehicles to hinges and tools.

The natural curve, twist and burls in the wood where used to the advantage of the carvers. By following the natural shape of the wood when a curved piece was needed, Norwegians constructed stronger items that would last longer. Many bowls were made from hallowed out burls and followed the natural grain of the wood.

—Types of Tools

The first woodcarving tools in Norway were handmade and simplistic. As time passed, more refined and specialized tools for woodcarving were created. Tools such as gouges, curved and straight knives, as well as axes are known to have been used. However, when Norway was under Denmark’s rule from 1380 to 1814 a royal decree from the Danish king made it illegal for Norwegian farmers to use specialized woodcarving tools. During this time farmers were forced to use mainly knives and axes to continue their woodcarving.

—The Differentnt Styles of Woodcarving

When it comes to the actual carving of the wood there are two main techniques seen in Norway:

• Karveskurd, or chip-carving, is most recognizable by its geometric patterns that have sharp surface edges and finish at a point in the bottom of the groove. This style of woodcarving is most common in the western part of Norway as well as the coastal area to the north and south.

• Flatskurd, or carving in low relief, is often used to create simple vine tendrils with leaves. It is also typical to see Flatskurd used to ornament architectural columns and moldings. This style of woodcarving is most common in parts of southern Norway, especially in Valdres, Hallingdal and Telemark.

While woodcarving techniques vary across Norway, different designs and motifs developed in certain areas:

• In Telemark, the wood sprouted into rococo leaves and flowers to the degree that it resembled rosemaling.
• Gudbrandsdalen favored the Baroque acanthus leaf. Here the renowned døleskurd was developed.
• Trødelag developed the broad-leaved vine so typical of this area.
• In conservative Setesdal, the Romanesque vine was preferred.

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.

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.