Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Carving with Power Tools

There is a  cherished mystique about using only hand powered tools for carving and woodworking. An apprentice in one Japanese wood working school will not be allowed to touch a band saw or any electrically powered appliance until he has first mastered the art of planing surfaces and making perfect joints with hand tools.  Those young folks like Jeremy and others who steadfastly adhere to the way things were done before electric power was available have my admiration and respect.

But... I have way too much wood and way too little time to make something of it.  I prefer a gas powered chain saw over an axe to take down a tree.  An electric chain saw in my shop can be quite helpful to quickly reduce a chunk of black walnut to something closer to what I think it could be.  I also have a band saw, table saw, Dremels, die grinders, side angle grinders, and a variety of electric powered sharpening gismos.

 I am planning to bring some of this stuff to demonstrate after the annual meeting,  Jan. 17th.  If you have a favorite power carving tool, please bring it along for show and tell..
Using Dremel with sanding disk to refine inside snake coils

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

To Be or Not to Be....

That is the question.  Whether it is nobler in the spirit of tradition to suffer the requirements of an oppressive IRS and greedy State Secretary, find members willing to hold office, and comply with our written Charter and Bylaws,... OR to throw in the towel, let the non-profit corporation known as South Dakota Woodcarvers be dissolved, let it die, or put it to sleep in the annals of history.

Should we not then be free to meet as usual, socialize, and whittle pieces of wood as we have done once or more a month for over thirty years? Or why not simply enjoy the same by merging with classes regularly and weekly held at the Center for Active Generations.  No more sponsoring Shows and Sales or competitions! No need for money in the Bank or redwood signs or logos!

Ay, there's the rub, for who knows what trouble it is to end a corporation?  How do we disperse the funds? Who will keep the volumes of Newsletters, minutes of meetings, and scrapbook of clippings and pictures. And....Will Bill O'Reilly write a book called "Killing South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc."?

I have a hard time throwing things away.  It's sort of a hobby of mine to figure out a way to reincarnate  something destined for the land fill into some useful tool.  A resolution to dissolve SDWC, Inc. has considered and proposed to be brought to a vote at our annual meeting, January 17, at the Center for Active Generations.

I, for one, will vote to let the corporation live on, another day, another year.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jeremy Frislie

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A day after Veteran's Day an article in the Argus Leader paid a nice tribute to Ex-Marine Jeremy Frisle.  The website video is a "Must See!" Woodworker relishes creation of lasting items

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dakota MasterWorks Winners

Congratulations to Don Clemetson, Dave Johnson, and Richard Peterson for awards won in the Dakota MasterWorks!  See pictures of their work at: http://www.sdhca.org/consumer-info/dakota-masterworks/

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",