Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Change Happens

Change # 1: The meeting room for the November Third Saturday Meeting.  Instead of the usual Arts Room 132, the meeting will be in the Crafts Room, 201.

Change # 2: The annual Christmas Show and Sale at the Park Ridge Mall will not be happening this year.  It's all about the low numbers of interested participants and public demand.

Change # 3: The Sioux Empire Woodcarving Exposition at the Sioux Empire Fair.  A complete revision of how entries are submitted,  judged, and displayed is in order, along with how individual carvers and members of the club may participate as featured artists or demonstrators.

 "All good things must come to an end",

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Frank Orthmeyer, July 26, 1923 - October 9, 2014

Our dear friend and loyal member of SDWC, Frank Orthmeyer, passed away this morning.  In addition to serving as our club treasurer for several years, he supported and participated in all our club activities and taught woodcarving classes at the Center for Active Generations.

Though we miss him greatly, his enrichment of our lives will continue on and not be forgotten.

See his obituary and funeral details at: Heritage Funeral Home

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Spiral Tree Carving Project for September Meeting

As promised months ago, V. Pres. Derek has basswood blanks available for carving spiral Chrismas Trees at third Saturday meeting of SDWC , Sept. 20.  A sharp knife and some palm chisels are all you need to create these unique works of art.

Saturday, August 09, 2014


Gale Berven, former president of South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc. and  part time employee at Costco, purchased several boxes of Virginia Peanuts at a discount and donated them to the Sioux Empire Fair Woodcarving Expo.

 During the past nine days, visitors were invited to eat peanuts as they cast a ballot for Visitor's Choice and signed for a chance to win a whole box of peanuts.  Today, at 3:00 PM,  the always-willing-to-help Arts Coordinator, Wendy Sweeter, drew out the name of the lucky winner of a box of peanuts. Then votes for Visitor's Choice were counted.  It seems Craig Johnson really cleaned the house in this year's competition, winning 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place in the Intermediate Class, Overall Best of Show, and now the Visitor's Choice Award for his Coons at Home.  

Congratulations to Craig Johnson!

by Craig Johnson
2014 Visitor's Choice Award

Friday, August 08, 2014


by Larry Wilson
2nd Place in Novice Class

by Gale Berven
3rd Place Advanced Class

Vern Luke manning the display