Monday, August 12, 2013

Caricature Horse Carving Project

Band saw blanks will be available at the next meeting, Satuday, Aug 17th, for carving the caricature horse featured in the latest issue of WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED.

David Nye Fan Bird Raffel

A chance to win a fan bird, donated by David and Sally Nye of Fennville, MI, encouraged visitors at the 2013 Sioux Empire Woodcarving Exp to write in the name of their favorite contest entry as a vote for the People's Choice Award.  By the end of the week over 100 ballots were stuffed into the pickle jar.  Since a "Miss Sioux Empire Fair" was not available this year to make the drawing official, a young lady named Paige, who helped out all week in the Arts Building, agreed to preform this important task--even though she admitted her own name was in the mix.  The ballots were dumped into a large plastic pail, stirred up and shaken, and Paige, with her eyes tightly closed, reached in and pulled out...can you believe...the name of her own sister!  Congratulations Kiah Boetel!

For information on Fan Birds: 

People's Choice Award

Bison Bull in White Ash
Arne Bortnem

Saturday, August 03, 2013

2013 Expo Winners

Competition was fierce at the 2013 Sioux Empire Woodcarving Exposition, and Craig Thompson did a masterful job of judging.  Out of  the 40 entries he picked a basswood relief done by Gerry Gackle as the Best of Show.  Congratulations Gerry!

First Place Winners:
The Old Homestead
Gerry Gackle
       Dave Johnson
       Gerry Gackle
       Arlan Thomas
       Bill Huntimer
       Bill Dickey
       Mel Anderson

Second Place Winners:
      Gene Dickey
      Mel Anderson
      Glen Novak
      Bill Dickey, Sr.
      Dave Johnson