Friday, January 18, 2019

Don Clementson

Long time member since 1992, Eugene D. “Don” Clemetson, 87, of Brandon, SD died Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.  His talent as a woodcarver was extraordinary, and his inspiration as a loyal club member and years of service as our president has been very much appreciated.  See a video and read his obituary at:
George Boom Funeral Chapel

Advanced Best of Show
2008 Sioux Empire Expo

Monday, January 07, 2019

Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving April 4-6, 2019 with Harley Refsal

The Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, IA, is offering a class to be held in Sioux Falls this coming April.  A room at the Center for Active Generations, where the S D Woodcarvers hold their monthly meetings is being considered as a location for this three day class.  For more details and registration see: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving April 4-6, 2019 with Harley Refsal

Watch a video about Harley: Life 0f A Knife

Friday, December 14, 2018

Welcome New Members Joined in 2018

Bill Simon
Joined in November

Ellison Kalda
Joined last Jamuary

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Time to Remember....

Jim Teslow
During this Holiday Season let's take some time to remember some South Dakota Woodcarvers who were once members of our club:

Bill Witmer
1925 - 2016
Jerry Schillerstrom
1941 - 2017

Gordon Grimsrude
1939 - 2017
A.R. "Buck" Osbonrn
- 2003
M. Bruce Alexander
1939 - 2015

Bob Miller
Frank Orthmeyer
1923 -2014
John Weber
1928 -2013
Stan Fillingsness
1918  - 2008
Bob Locken
 1929 - 2016

Charles Boyles
1918 -2008
Lloyd Whitley
1929 - 2016
Ron Schulte
1930 - 2015
Ron Ward
1935 - 2013
Chris Usher
1943 -2008

G. Verne Luke
1923 - 2016
Corne Ellis
1925 - 2010
Frank Gibbs
(Honorary Member)
1926 - 2014
John Cummings
1934 - 2010

Bill Slater
1927 -2015

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Carve a Wooden Mask for Halloween!

Looking around my shop for an idea about a carving project for the month of October, I noticed an old Mexican made mask hanging on the wall behind my rarely used hand miter saw.  It was probably purchased with a few quarters by my mother at a rummage sale.  I wondered, what could be a better wood carving project for October than carving a Halloween mask?  Or maybe a Celtic or native ceremonial mask?
The following pictures show how I prepared a chunk of basswood for carving a Raven Mask.  Hopefully a picture of the finished work will appear in the near future.

Cutting split basswood to length

Attaching a base
Paring the Bark
Shaping and planing the front

Grooving Back with King Arthur Squire 18 tooth
Hollowing the back with curved edge of Adze

Finsh hollowing back with King Arthur

Tracing my own Raven Pattern

There is always another way of doing things:Carving a Mask