Sunday, October 18, 2015

October Meeting--Pumpkin Carving

Never have I seen a group of wood carvers  so silently engrossed in their creative use of sharp knives and gouges as they were this Saturday morning.  Normally there is a conversation or two or more going on about something--even when the president is trying to get everyone's attention for a short time-out for club business or special announcements.  No doubt the ease with which everyone's Tormek sharpened, razor edged tools pierced the hide and flesh of their garden grown victims was a new and rather captivating departure from the experience of carving basswood.

By lunch time there were at least five pumpkins and one somewhat squashed squash with faces carved in them.  Thanks to our president, Derek Boekhoff, for rounding up all the pumpkins, and providing printed samples of the many possibilities for pumpkin carving!  Pumpkins were still available for members who arrived for carving after lunch, and I believe everyone had a very good time.

It has worked well to extend the Third Saturday Meeting time for the S D Woodcarvers, Inc. from 1 PM to 9 AM, thus merging with the Active Generations carving class, which meets weekly, almost every other Saturday morning and every Monday morning.  It gives the class leader, Nancy Cummings, a little break, and while several members of SDWC, Inc. also attend the weekly classes, it gives non-SDWC members a chance to participate in our monthly project and decide how beneficial it might be to pay the $10 and become a voting member of the club.  

A hearty welcome to our newest such member, John Schaefer!