Mohawk Valley Art & Woodcarving Association

June 2002

edited by
John Raucci & Mike Bloomquist

Next Meeting:
July 2, 2002
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Inman Senior Citizen Center, Amsterdam, NY
Program: Woodcarver's Flea Market


Letter from the President

Well, this month it seems all I can think about is the Jeff Phare’s class that several of our members are going to attend real soon.  By the time we get together again at the July meeting, it will be history, and, hopefully, you’ll see some products of the class at the “Bring-n-Brag” session.  Speaking of class projects, everyone at the June meeting got a chance to look at Al Doty’s relief carvings from his class with Bob Statlander.  Wow!  Looks like he got his money’s worth.  Really great work Al.

Did I mention that Harold Kaltenbach and I are taking that Jeff Phare’s class this month?  Couldn’t be better timing.  Sometimes I refer to carving as an addiction, and it’s true.  Between one thing or another in May, and more of the same in June, this class is going to be more therapy than any thing else.  Don’t know about you, but I get real cranky when I haven’t butchered a piece of wood for a few days straight.

Ya know, I’m really looking forward to this Jeff Phare’s class on carving busts.  I’m not real big on carving Native Americans. Nothing personal against Native Americans... not with all the enjoyment I get from the N.A. flutes, and friends like Tom Lesson.  I might pick his mountain man project instead... but then his Native American stuff is so good I probably should make an exception. Waffling?  Who me?  Well maybe.

Oh! Before I forget,  make sure you sign up with Walt LeClair next meeting for the Altamont Fair.  Walt manages a club booth for this event every year.  Think he said there was 28 time slots he needed filled in order to people the booth for the duration of the show.  This is one of those club appearances that really reach out to new members, advertises our other club activities and, from first hand reports it’s a lot of fun.

Seem to be rambling a bit this month.  Sorry, but I guess I have other things distracting me, like this Jeff Phare’s class coming up soon.  Just been going through my tool arsenal, making sure they’re ready.  Just like every one, I sharpen my knives and gouges with a leather strop most of the time, but eventual you lose that bevel, and no amount of stropping will bring it back.  I use something called the “scary sharp” system to get the bevel back.  Maybe during one of our Carve-a-longs I’ll try to bore you with the details.  Not this July meeting though.  Harold is going to show us how to carve faces on the corner.

Guess that’s enough prolixication for this month.  Hey Gang, keep them edges keen, the chips piled high, and hopefully I’ll have some stories to tell next time we meet ‘cause, ya know, I’ve got that Jeff Phare’s class this month..

Your Prez,
-Mike Bloomquist->

Inman Center

If you’re a regular at the Inman Center on Thursdays, please remember to join or renew your membership there.  It’s a great bargain at $15 per year when you consider they set up the tables and clean up after us as well as provide a low cost lunch to our members.  We are very fortunate to have a place to hold all our Thursday groups, monthly meetings and several other club functions there. We should make every effort to help them out by all becoming members of their organization.


June 29th thru July 7th – Kutztown, Pa.    200 folk artists and craftsmen will be demonstrating their work at this Pennsylvania German Festival…  For info call (888) 674-6136 or free brochure visit them on the web at:

July 6th-  Mystic Conn. 21st annual Woodcarvers Day at Old Mystic Village.  Outdoor show (rain date is July 7th)   Free admission.  For info call  (860) 742-3253

July 13th-14th -  Cooksburgh, Pa.  18th annual wood show and Carving competition at Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts.  For info call (814) 744-9670 or email  website is

July 19th-21st – Clayton, NY  34th annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Show at Recreation Park Arena.    For info call (315) 686-5794 or email to  website is

Program Report
By Dick Moran

The program for our next meeting on July 2 is Carving Corner Faces by Harold Kaltenbach.  Also, members are asked to bring a recently completed carving to share with everyone during the "Show and Tell" portion of our meeting.

Programs for the nest two months are as follows:

Aug. 6 – “Everyone Carves Something" night.  Everyone is asked to bring some woodcarving tools and whatever carving project he/she is currently working on.  Also, members are asked to bring a recently completed carving to share with everyone during the "Show and Tell" portion of this informal program.
Sept. 3 – Birdcarving?? At the present time I am still trying to get in contact with Allen Aardsma, the resident carver at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to do a program on birdcarving. If anyone can help put me in contact with him…please give me a call at 371-8708. If we are unable to get a commitment from him in a timely fashion, I will try to organize another program on birdcarving for that night.

  Highlights of May Meeting…
  • A motion to hold a 2003 Show was approved CBA will be reserved for May 3 and 4.

  • Contact Pat Trudeau or Betty Dykstra when greeting cards need to be sent to Club Members.

  • Carol Ayers needs replacement for Club clothing duties.

  • The Town of Glen is looking for exhibitors for an August 24th Saturday in the Park event.  An 8x10 space cost is $15.00 to be set up by 10:00 AM and staffed until 4:00 PM for the Fine Arts Show and Sale. To register, contact Marcia Keller by July 31 at PO Box104, Fultonville, NY, 12072.

  • A Club Historian is needed to replace Ron Redmond who has resigned.

  • A Nativity Scene was again approved for the 2003 raffle, 50% of the proceeds up to $500.00 to be donated to the Inman Center.  Members who do not carve Nativity figures are requested to carve a Christmas ornament for auction.

  • Volunteers are needed to cover the carving booth at the Altamont Fair August 13 to 18. Sign up at the July meeting or contact Walt LeClair.

  • Because postal rates will be increased soon, Club dues will be increased to cover the cost of publishing and mailing the Newsletters. Effective September, dues will be $10 per household address.

These should have been in the last issue…

MVAWA Show 2002
As I look back on our recent show, I think we did very well.  The number of carvers was about the same and would have exceeded last year had it not been for some personal tragedies.  Attendance was up slightly and the financials were favorable.
One last time, I would like to thank all those who helped along the way in whatever capacity.  The challenges facing us in 2003 appear to be increasing the attendance and getting more carvers.  I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

Al Doty - Show chairman 2002

Special Thanks to Peter Paulding for working tirelessly at the front door and welcoming the patrons to our show…  Great job Pete!
John Raucci

Classified Adds

If you would like to sell something you can advertise it here first and, if you want, you can bring it to our monthly meeting to display it.  Just let the members know when and where they can see what you are selling.  Let me know when you place your ads and I will get the word out if they can see it at an upcoming meeting.  Remember all advertising here is FREE!  
We have already had success with this endeavor!  

********* For Sale *********

Basswood - Cut to Order - Also some Cherry and Butternut….Prices on request
Will furnish Bird Blanks from your plans or mine…..Prices on request depending on species.
For any information on the above items please contact Walt LeClair @ 518-861-6544

Craftsman Wood Lathe   -  with live center, face plate and set of turning tools.  $150  
Craftsman Tabletop Shaper – with numerous cutters. $85   Call Ev Botsford at 518-438-4788

Club Crew Neck Sweatshirt - size Medium - Never worn - wrong size ordered -
If interested please call Fred Jenzer @ 518-384-7313 or e-mail

Reliant Dust Collector - Model # NN720 - Paid $260.00 for it will take $130 - Runs on 110 or 220 volts.  Call Tony Monte @ 518-357-4602

Delta Scroll Saw - 18" Variable Speed - Approximately 4 years old with very little use.  Original cost $450, willing to sell for $300. Call Bill Johnson @518-399-5927 or e-mail @

Alaskan Chain Saw Mill - used to convert logs to lumber- 36" w/accessories - very good condition                                                                          $100.00  
McCulloh 20" Timber Bear Chain Saw w/ripping chain and w/extra chains - very good condition $175.00  
Please call Steve Madej @ 518-842-7219 if you are interested in these items.

Band Saw - 14" US Industrial Tools, 3/4 HP, 6" capacity, mitre gauge and enclosed base.  Excellent Condition $125.00  Please call Carol Ayers @ 518-587-6841 or e-mail @

Anvil  - For sale - Please contact Gordon Litke @ 584-1128

********* Wanted *********

Old draw knife with folding handles, call Marcus Kruger  @ 518-829-7008 or e-mail @

Old, Used Chain Saw Chains -  In any condition.  Call Bud Murtlow @ 518-885-9579

Used copy of the book "Carving Compact Characters" by Jack Price.  Call Pieter Paulding @ 518-782-7982 or e-mail @

To place want ads for any wood carving related items please contact Carol Ayers @ 518-587-6841,
3 Poe Court, Ballston Spa, NY  12020 or e-mail  ……it's free!  Don't forget that you can also place an Ad for something WANTED.

Club Apparel
By Carol Ayers


All of the items are embroidered with our club logo and the prices including sales tax is as follows:
  • Polo shirt, light ash gray (short sleeve with collar and tab front) is $11.00
  • Long sleeve T-shirt, light ash gray is $12.50
  • Crew neck sweatshirt, light ash gray is $16.50
  • Hooded, full zipper front sweatshirt with side pockets, light ash gray is $22.00
  • Apron, natural with no pocket is $8.50
  • Hat, tan is $7.70
  • Club embroidered patch is $3.50
  • Club static cling decals are $2.00
    (sales tax is included in all the pricing)

Ordering these items is as follows:
Ordering these items is as follows.

  • Patches, hats and decals are on hand and can be bought from me at any time.
  • Shuts, sweatshirts and aprons need a total of six orders, any combination, for me to place an order with the company.
I have ordered a dozen hats and they are in. From now on, I will try always to have club hats on hand, just like the patches and static cling decals for the car window. A hat, club shirt, logo apron or sweatshirt is always a good thing to have when doing fain or shows. I am starting a new list for shirts, since I have just placed an order for six items. As soon as I have another six items to embroider, I can order again.

If you are interested you can place an order by e-mailing me, Carol Ayers at:

or writing me at
3 Poe Court
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
or phoning me at

Club members and other clubs have asked who does our shirts, hats, and now decals. The company is Cameo Productions, Amsterdam, NY . They have quality merchandise, give you personal attention, and are capable of producing almost any quantity. They have also are willing to meet deadlines and fill our small orders. If you would like a catalog please call Joe at 1﷓800﷓8094839 or 518﷓8424839. If he is not there, Lisa will help you.


Letters to the Editor
Jokes in the March Newsletter

As the editor pro temp, I take full responsibility for the jokes in the March edition of the newsletter. But they certainly were not "smut," as they have been called. There is nothing "obscene" or "pornographic" about them, the terms usually associated with smut. Nor do I think they were in "bad taste." They originally appeared in a Springfield, Mass. newspaper, and the New York Times (by way of the Times Union). All of these are respectable publications that may be quoted in polite conversation by tolerant people with a sense of humor.

-- Robert Meyers

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Rome, N.Y. 13440

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