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Issue ­80- January 30, 2007

Tory Neald - President - 90049-8112, Bob Dawson - Vice Pres/Program Director - 789-2945 Herb Klassen - Sec/Treasurer /Librarian/ Membership Coordinator ­ 543-5002 Lars Rostad - Newsletter Editor, - 543-8861, Duane Bristow - Publicity Director ­ 789-6705 Directors: Duane Bristow, Bob Dawson, Herb Klassen, Tory Neald, and Lars Rostad

Next Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers gathering is Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 7:30 P.M. at the Neil Balkwill Centre.

Regina Whittlers/Moose Jaw Woodcrafters show update.

This year's show this will take place at Martin Collegiate, 1100 McIntosh Street on

April 28th& 29th,.

Some of the feature attractions being considered are; carving classes, silent auction or penny parade, and a carving contest. Details concerning the the attractions will be passed on when decisions are made and details are known. Table display awards are also being considered (Details to follow in late February). Table display awards is something new this year and quite simply, the participant with the neatest, most attractive table, popular and efficient setup wins the prize. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Best Western 7 Oaks, 777 Albert Street, at $94.00 plus taxes (double room) Group #3064 to get the Group rate. To book a room phone 1-800-667-8063 mention Group #3064 Cut off is April 6th for booking rooms under the group rate. P.S. We can still use more volunteers to help the show committee. Please call Bob Dawson @ 789-2945 or Tory Neald @ 949-8112.

Mike Sykes

We have arranged to have Mike Sykes of the Chip Bin in Sycamous, BC 'set up shop' at the Regina Seniors Centre on Winnipeg St. on the evening of March 14, 2007. This was done last year and everyone had a chance to meet Mike and perhaps get that tool that you really need (or wanted). 'The Carving Evening' for March has been re-

scheduled to the 14th of March (Wednesday evening) instead of the 15th (Thursday) 7 to 9 P:M Even though Mike will be there you can stlll carve on your own project or try out that new tool you just bought. There will not be any blanks for sale so bring your own. When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective. ---George C. Marshall (1880 - 1959)

Types of woodcarving

How many times have you been asked a question at a carving show, carving demonstration, etc.....that required an answer that gives a name and description of what you are making that big pile of woodchips for? Well, I did a little cruising on the internet and came up with the following which is from the "Wikipedia", a free internet encyclopedia. It gives a fairly concise description of each of the various types of wood carving.

Scandinavian flat-plane

The Scandinavian flat-plane style of woodcarving is a style of figure carving. The figures are carved in large flat planes, created primarily using a carving knife. Tool marks are left in the carving and very little (if any) rounding or sanding is done.

Chip carving

Chip carving is a style of wood carving in which knives are used to remove small chips of wood from the project surface in a single piece. Chip carvings have two planes: the wood surface and the point beneath the surface where the cuts intersect. Patterns can be free form style or based on geometric figures. The projects are created primarily using a chip carving knife.

Relief Carving

The process for relief carving is usually as follows. The carver first fixes the wood to his workbench by means of a carvers screw or clamp. The carver then sketches on the main lines of his idea, indicating the flowers, foliage, or other subject. If the design is


very intricate or of a geometrical character, he may trace the design from a pattern first prepared on paper. The carver grounds out the spaces between the lines with a gouge to a more or less uniform depth. Then he hosts the upstanding pattern that remains, i.e. he models and shapes the details of his design, carefully balancing the lights and shadows; and finally, after having obtained the result he desires, he cleans up all of the cuts. The quicker he works, the fewer times he goes over the same part, the more sketchy the subsidiary portions, the less high finish he puts into the detail, the better the result. Incised work, chip carving, are generally finished at once and not in stages.

Caricature carving

A caricature carving is a humorous wood carving that exaggerates or distorts the basic essence of a person or thing to create an easily identifiable visual likeness. Although caricatures can be made of inanimate objects such as cars or buildings, the art form is usually reserved for illustrations of people, especially celebrities and politicians. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be carved solely for entertainment.

Love Spoons

A love spoon is an ornately carved spoon traditionally made from a single piece of wood by young men, especially in Wales, as a love token for their sweethearts, to show their affection and intentions. The earliest surviving example, displayed in the Welsh Folk museum in Cardiff, dates from around 1667, although the tradition probably dates back long before that. Although the Welsh lovespoon is the most famous there are also traditions of lovespoons in Scandinavia and some parts of Eastern Europe, which have their own unique styles and techniques. The love spoon originated from the "cawl" (soup) spoon. Over generations, decorative carvings were added to the spoon and it lost its original practical use and became a treasured decorative item to be hung proudly on a wall. Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith and marriage, or hearts for love. Sailors would often carve love spoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings.



Treen is a generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood. Hence treen is distinct from furniture, such as chairs, and cabinetry, such as clocks and cupboards. Anything from wooden plates and bowls, snuff boxes and needle cases, spoons and staybusks to shoehorns and chopping boards can be classed as treen. Domestic and agricultural wooden tools are also usually classed in with treen. Before the advent of cheap metal wares in industrialized societies, and later plastic, wood played a much greater part as the raw material for common objects. Turning and carving were the key manufacturing techniques. The selection of wood species was important, and close-grained native hardwoods such as box, beech and sycamore were particularly favoured, with occasional use of exotics, such as lignum vitae for mallet heads. Wooden objects have survived relatively less well than those of metal or stone, and their study by archaeologists and historians has been somewhat neglected until recently. Their strongly functional and undecorated forms have however been highly regarded by designers and collectors.


Whittling is the art of carving shapes out of raw wood with a knife. Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialized whittling knives are available as well. They have thick handles which are easier to grip for long periods allowing precise control and pressure. Occasionally the terms "whittling" and "carving" are used interchangeably, but they are different arts. Carving employs the use of chisels, gouges, and a mallet, while whittling involves only the use of a knife. It is a custom that has been practiced worldwide for centuries. Some communities still hold whittling festivals and competitions. (The foregoing definitions were found in the Wikepedia, an online encyclopedia which is free to internet users.)

Spalted Wood

What is it? Spalting is a by-product of the rotting process that is carried out by a vast array of stain, mold and decay fungi, that are found naturally on the forest floor. When the temperature and humidity are right, spalting can cause many different and beautiful patterns in rotting wood. The unusual colouration may be due to chemically induced


reactions between the wood, fungi and insect deposits, often resulting in black, pink, grey and multicoloured streaked wood. It is decorative and can be greatly valued over the uninfected wood. Lighter coloured woods like birch and maple offer the best canvas for dramatic spalting. Once the wood has been cut and kiln dried, the fungi can no longer grow, and the spalting process will stop. Airflow, wood moisture content above 25% and air temperature between 60 and 80 degrees F. are all necessary for spalting. How to work with spalted wood: It can be very easy to very difficult to work with, depending on whether you "caught" the wood before it became too punky. Some severly spalted wood can tend to crumble. These areas can be saturated with liquid harderners (like cyanoacrylate glue), or small soft spots can be coated with a coat or two of clear shellac or sanding sealer. Finishing Spalted wood can have a tendency to splotch on finishing so often woodworkers use clear, dewaxed shellac as a sealer. Almost any finish can be applied as a topcoat over this once it's been sanded. If you have had to use hardeners, you'll find that oil finishes and stains do not absorb into the wood so you'll be limited to lacquer style topcoats. Most hardeners will darken the wood as well, so keep that in mind. Health Concerns Spalted wood may still contain spores, therefore it should always be worked and sanded only when wearing a good dust mask or respirator, and using a dust collector. There is medical evidence that substances from decaying wood are a health threat and some allergic reactions and serious lung diseases have been traced to spores and fungi that inhabit rotting wood. The effect on an individual woodworker however depends on his/her natural tolerance to the spores and fungi, since some individuals are more likely to react to environmental toxins than others. The woodworker should be careful in selecting the species used for making kitchen utensils, food storage containers or toys an infant might chew on, since heat, moisture and time stimulate the release of the toxins found in some of these types of wood.

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.........Thomas Carlyle


Special events (past, present and future)

March 9th, 10th and 11th, 2007 Carving Retreat on the shores of

Sylvan Lake, Alberta, just a short drive west of Red Deer, Alberta. For registration information and any other information, contact Creative Artists Dream at [email protected] (1-403-845-3704)or Carmen Jensen at [email protected] (1-403-845-6697).


CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 - (Competition & Show) at The Victoria Inn , Embassy

Ballroom, 1808 Wellington Avenue , Winnipeg , Manitoba. Contact persons are: Ted Muir 181 Birchdale Avenue, Winnipeg , Manitoba , R2H 1S5 Phone (204) 237-1385 and Don Young 68 Shillingstone Road , Winnipeg , Manitoba R3Y 1J2 Phone (204) 489-0149 email: [email protected] .This is a heads up for the 2007 competition so get your plans and your tools ready. The 2007 Dremel purchase award carving will be a Polar Bear (12" maximum). The winning carving in this category is purchased for $500 and is used as the raffle prize for fund raising for the next competition (2008).

March 31st & April 1st, 2007 - 17th BRANT FESTIVAL Wildlife

Woodcarving Competition & 10th Canadian Fish Carving Championship March 31st & April 1st, 2007, Parksville Community Centre, 132 Jensen Ave., Parksville, BC More than $7,000 in prize money and awards. Hours: 10-5 Sat.; 10-4 Sun. Two preshow seminars planned. Contacts: Bill Beese 250-923-4354, [email protected] or Dennis Drechsler, 250-479-9165, [email protected]

April 14th & 15th , 2007 Wheat City Carving Club Show and Competition. Brandon Manitoba. This is Wheat City Carving Club's

second annual show and competition. For further information please contact: Fred Warburton 20 Canada Cres. Brandon, MB, R7B 2Z8, (204) 727-8054 Email: [email protected]


May 26, 27th and 28th Idaho Woodcarvers 2007 Jamboree.

If you're heading south in 2007 and want somewhere to go, consider Twin Falls, Idaho where the Idaho Woodcarvers are holding a Jamboree. Guest instructors will be: Phil and Vicki Bishop Pete LeClaire Floyd Rhadigan Marv Kaisersatt (Class is full) Ron Lunde Dave Stetson or Michelle Carville

With a line-up like that this Jamboree will be a success before it starts. For further information please contact: Cleve Taylor, 11052 Sandhorst Dr., Boise, Idaho 83709 (208)322-1463 [email protected]

Red Deer College

Red Deer College presents a Summer Series Woodcarving Week at Red Deer College, 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N5H5. Contact Linda Cullen-Saik, Program Coordinator, Visual Arts (403)342-3130 or [email protected] Wood Carving 2007 Our Series, Woodcarving and Hot Glass brochures have now been amalgamated into one outstanding catalogue which is anticipated to be hot off the press on January 22, 2007. Specific course information will be available on the 2007 Wood Carving Brochure

The Last Word from Bob Dawson, Program Director

Our carving weekend with Mike Voros was another success. Mike is a talented carver with lots of ideas which were well received by all participants. Mike reinforced the idea that when you start a carving you have an idea of what you want to do and you continue throughout the carving process, dealing with slips of the gouge, lapses in measurement or unexpected imperfections in the wood until your project is completed. All of these things happened to a number of participants in the class and without fail everyone had a completed piece. Each piece had its own `personality' and was hopefully a stepping stone to future projects. Mike stressed that you start with the shape of what you want to carve and then put in the details. A valuable lesson, as you see some carvers putting in the details as they are still rounding out the blank. They usually find that when finished they either have a flat


face, disproportioned face or they have carved in the details a few times before completing the piece. Everyone I talked with at the "Mike Voros" weekend was quite pleased that they had participated and all took some valuable information home with them which will show up in their future carvings. Thanks, Mike and everyone who participated. Its time to start thinking seriously about our upcoming Show. Are you planning on participating? How are your projects coming along? Tory has stepped up and volunteered to `Chair' the Show and he is looking to have another very successful event. This will be made possible with your participation. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Show. Bob

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same..................Oscar Wilde

Chris Pye of Great Britian, a master carver and teacher/author graciously

offered to post some important information and hints about wood carving to be made accessible to woodcarvers around the world.

As you carve, pay more attention to what you leave on than what you take off. What if you've "carved it off" by mistake? You can often work apparent magic

and 'carve the wood back on' ­ by adjusting the relationship of parts.

When roughing out, always work across the grain. The chips break off and fall

away in small pieces, and you needn't worry about grain direction.

Sometimes leaving something out is more important than putting something in. Copying is a good way to learn, early on. But in the end, copying generates

nothing new. What is always new is you, and your own creativity.If you draw a sculpture in the round, draw it's side and back views too: think 3D right from the start. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most................................Mark Twain


Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers Meeting: January 11, 2007

Present: Harry Apps, Bob Dawson, Emile Gaudet, Herb Klassen, Tory Neald, Lars Rostad, Alex Tivas

At the January 11th meeting the following items were discussed: 2007 Memberships are now due. At the end of 2006, we had 52 members. The 2006 Financial statements were reviewed. Moved: The financial statements be accepted as presented without audit or review. Moved: Bob Dawson; Seconded: Tory Neald. Passed. Moved: That the RWW donate $100 to the Saskatchewan Lung Association in memory of Norm Watson. Moved: Herb Klassen; Seconded: Tory Neald. Passed. The Moose Jaw/Regina show was discussed. The tentative dates are April 28 & 29, 2007. The tentative location is Martin Collegiate. The following individuals have volunteered to help: Chair: Tory Neald Show set-up: Harry Apps / Bob Dawson Promotion: Duane Bristow Computer: Lars Rostad Clean-up: Dale Lowe Muscle: Alex Tivas The following executive was elected for 2007: President: Tory Neald Vice President: Emile Gaudet Secretary Treasurer: Herb Klassen Newsletter Editor: Lars Rostad Publicity Director: Duane Bristow Program Director: Bob Dawson Directors: Tory Neald, Herb Klassen, Lars Rostad, Duane Bristow, Bob Dawson The next Thursday night carving will be Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regina Seniors Centre on Winnipeg St. (See Mike Sykes INFO) The next regular meeting is February 8th , 7:30 at the Neil Balkwill Centre.


If You Had What I Have

A guy runs into a bar and says, "Bartender, quick! Give me 20 shots of your best Scotch!" So the bartender lines up 20 shots of his best Scotch and watches this guy down one after the other. "Man," the bartender says, "I've never seen anyone drink shots that fast!" "You'd drink them that fast too if you have what I have," the guy says. "Oh my God," says the bartender, "what do you have?" "50 cents." Carving a 'female Moose in motion' with instructor, Byron Crabb of Moose Jaw November 18th & 19th, December 2nd & 3rd - 2007

From left to right: Ron Davidson, Rob Laing, Bob Dawson, Herb Klassen, Tory Neald, Wilbur Feader, Paul Perron, Emile Gaudet, Byron Crabb (Instructor), Bill Dearborn and Harry Apps. Missing in picture is Lawrie Peebles.


Harley's Carving Tips for Beginners Tips from Harley Refsal Author of the Art and Technique of Scandinavian-Style Woodcarving, Woodcarving Illustrated Issue #28 Page 34 1. Start painting on the back of the carving or in some other less noticeable area instead of a critical place such as the face or front. Beginning to paint in an inconspicuous place enables you to get used to the feel of the brush and paint on wood before starting to paint an area of the carving as crucial and visible as the face. Taking these approaches will help you become more comfortable with painting before moving on to a smaller, more difficult or more noticeable area. 2. Create a strategy before you begin. Acrylics are very quick to dry, so I tend to start with a color that can dry while I'm painting the next part. For the troll, I begin painting the trousers and then the hair. After I paint the hair, the trousers are dry so I can paint the shirt. By painting in this order, I won't be applying fresh, wet paint right next to a still-wet area. That's the essence of my guiding principle for painting: avoid painting next to a still-wet color. If you would rather not wait for paint to air dry, use a hair dryer to speed up the process. 3. Check that you have a clean cut between different areas of color. I usually keep a knife right at hand to correct cuts between colors. 4. By painting with thin washes, you can minimize anxiety and problems. 5. Be sure to brace your hands to avoid shakiness.

I know three things will never be believed - the true, the probable,and the logical ....... ............................John Steinbeck

Hey, check this out if you are going West this summer and if you're looking for some action(woodcarving that is) the Shuswap School of Woodcarving in Sorrento B.C. is offering a week of carving classes. Take a look at for the details.............enjoy!!! See you next time and happy Carving!!! Lars Rostad, Editor of the "Carver's Corner"





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