Thursday, December 6, 2012

President's Challenge for January and February

I have not put out a challenge for a few months. So I got to thinking about what would interest me.... Of course Caricature came to mind but along with that goes humorous.. I don't want it to be to small or to big so I was thinking mmmmmm................ Ok I won't think to much and than someone hollered at me "Hey Jackass move it or lose it!" Aha! I want you all to carve a Mule or a part of a mule. Here are some facts for you:

Scientific Name:Equus MuleType:MammalDiet:HerbivoreSize:1.2-1.5m (47-59in)Weight:350-450kg (771-992lbs)Top Speed:24km/h (15mph)Life Span:15-20 yearsLifestyle:HerdConservation Status:Least Concern
Colour:Grey, Brown, BlackSkin Type:FurFavourite Food:GrassHabitat:Arid forests and desertsAverage Litter Size:0Main Prey:Grass, Weeds, VegetablesPredators:Fox, Wolf, LionSpecial Features:Stocky body and long snout and ears

will give you a few pictures and maybe some ideas. I was in Dayton a few weeks ago and saw an awesome pin that was a mule head. I would have got it but the lady objected and so did her husband so you'll have to come up with your own design and ideas as to what your carving will look like. It could be a pin or bust or full body. Let the chips fly!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday Night Carving

Next week Wednesday is October 31, 2012 and Halloween. There will be no carving at the school as the school will be secured to prevent possible vandalism. Stay home and be safe, hand out some candy and look after your own house. See you at 10 AM, November 3, 2012 at our Saturday meeting. Our Next Wednesday carving session will be on November 7, 2012.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October Meeting

Meeting called to order at 10:05
Present:  Rick den Braber            President
Stu Holmes                   Vice President
Roger  Kovaltsenko     Treasurer
                 Siegh  Brueckner          Secretary
Attendance: 16 Members,  0  Visitors,
MSC          Adoption of minutes from September 8,2012        Bonnie Sorenson,  Mike Cutting, carried 
Old business: 
Financial Report:
                  Income $ 418.50 Expenses $ 334.00 Bank balance: $7586.12
MSC          Acceptance of Financial Report,  Roger Kovaltsenko,  Bob Young, carried
Membership Report: 
                 27 members have paid their dues for this year.
                  A reminder that current annual fee is $30.00 and due.
                  Discussion on updating  current membership list.
Show Committee Report:
                  The committee will meet on Wednesday  November3,2012  at 7:00pm
Raffle Committee:
Report presented by Ken Smorang.
  We are applying for a license and the prizes for this year’s raffle are a sport fish, loon and ducklings. 
Tickets  are $2.00 each or $3.00 for 5. 
                  We are on the Abbotsford Art Council’s  E mail list.
  We have secured a space in the Sportsman show and the Log home show at a cost of 2 for 1 at the Tradex  Exhibition 
Rolf reported the page is up to date.
Discussion was held over establishing a buy and sell page.
MSC That we establish a Buy and Sell page for CFVC members dedicated to the sale of carvings and carving related materials.   Rolf Zeller, Stu Holmes.  Carried
Discussion over the wording in the “OUR ORIGIN” section  of the Web Page. Rick will edit the segment to conform to today’s  acceptable language and forward it to Rolf.
Discussion on the member gallery  of the page . Requesting more members Bio’s and pictures of carvings.
New Business:
                  Discussion on the merits of joining the Chilliwack Art Council.
MSC          That we join the Chilliwack Art Council.  Bonnie Sorenson, Jean Thiessen, carried
                  NWCA minutes  for September are placed in the Library.
                  NWCA annual show is Nov.10-11 particulars are in their minutes.
 CHIP BIN is having a clear out sale on Ramelson Palm tools at $10.00 reg $18+.
Bonnie donated a book on carving miniature birds  to the Library.
Noted as received advertising for ballpoint pens.
KMS wood show Coquitlam store October 18-20, 2012 8Am-6PM.
Bonnie reported that the carvers at the Sorrento seminar obtained their YELLOW CEDAR from
              EDGE GRAIN CEDAR        (604 463 5110)
              23398 Fisherman Rd.
              Maple Ridge, B.C.
  V2S 1B9
Christmas Party  in place of Dec. meeting more info to come and confirm.
50/50 Draw:
$30.00 was raised.  $15.00 was won by Ken Smorang , several non-monetary prizes were won by other
Show and Tell:
Ten carvings were brought for this month’s  presentation.
Rick den Braber , Ken Misener, Ken Smorang ,  Bob Young, Mack Dunlop,  Bonnie Sorenson and Stu Holmes  
Presented their work with commentaries. 
Meeting adjourn:    11:45                

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September Meeting

So we had our first meeting of the year and it went well. We had a reasonable turnout for the time of year as some people were still on holidays and others may have forgotten that there was a meeting. No matter. We who were there got things done and there are lots of exciting things in the wings that will happen as the year moves along. We will get the schedule of events up on the website as soon as we have it finalized.  Now if you want some input into what is going to happen than you have to talk to the people who are doing the happening things and or do them yourself. I look forward to seeing all of you as the year goes along and spending some time together. You should get the minutes of the first meeting in a few days. If you don't than you are not on the email list and you are the only one that can fix that. Don't forget that your dues are now due so see roger and pay him as soon as you can. Wednesday the 12th is our first carving session at the school. See you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's September

Yes it's time to start the fall routine and that means we meet this Saturday at 10 AM at the Seniors Centre on Cyril Street. It will be good to meet with friends and find out what they did this summer. See you there.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Remember how when you went back to school in September a teacher invariably asked you to write about what you did over the Summer Holidays?  They were just preparing you for your future. No not English writing but socializing with your friends about what you did. So what are you going to do that will be worth talking about. If it's not worth talking about with your friends than is it worth doing? I always ask myself those questions before I set out on my adventures. It does not always work out exactly as you plan but if you enjoy it that is the main thing.  I have some grand plans for this summer and I hope to have some positive stories to tell in the fall. Stay tuned as the saga continues.....
Princeton 600 km

Friday, April 20, 2012

President's Challenge

May is Show month. I challenge you all to enter a carving in the show. All I can promise is a good time and maybe you win a ribbon to. You have about two weeks to get those carvings finished to show standard. Whatever that is. Ask a judge. But not when he or she is judging your piece.  Best of luck to all.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rick Wiebe Carving Courses

Rick Wiebe   
Woodcarver Rick Wiebe was born in Saskatchewan, but spent all his childhood and youth in British Columbia. Since high school he has lived in Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as BC which has been home since 1977. He has a wife, Helen, and two adult children.
Rick has been whittling and carving for as long as he can remember, (Some 45 plus years), and is mostly self-taught. He credits his father with getting him started. Though his dad was not a carver, he did have the conviction that men and boys should carry a pocketknife and know how to use it safely to make many of the items that people want and need.
Rick's first projects were toys such as canoes, boats, peashooters and the like. Later, wooden chains and totem like dolls were produced. Still later decorative sculptures, waterfowl decoys and realistic wildlife carvings were successfully attempted. More recently, he has continued to produce waterfowl decoys and wildlife, but has also been at work on rocking and carousel horses as well as cowboy caricatures, which reflect his love of the outdoors and the western lifestyle. In the last few years he has also been developing a very unique style of carving fan-feathered birds out of one piece of wood.  Lately he has been getting involved with chainsaw carving and large log carvings. 
Rick has been carving for sale since 1984. His carvings are in private collections in Canada, USA, Japan, Europe, Australia and at least four countries of South America.
He has been teaching carving since 1987 in schools (both public and private) and through recreation departments in British Columbia and Alberta.
Within the last few years Rick has started to write some instructional booklets.  His first two are:  Carving A Walking Stick With Personality and Learn To Whittle Fan-Feathered Birds.   Adventures in Fan Carving (published in September 2005) is an expansion of the latter. 

The Central Fraser Valley Wood Carvers will be having their annual Carving Show and Sale open to the public on May 5, 2012 from 11AM to 5 PM at Heritage Park in Chilliwack,  B.C. Rick Wiebe will be our feature carver this year and will be at the show to judge and man his carving booth with his usual demos and carving and sharpening tips.

There are two carving courses during the same week as the show. The first course will be on May 2-3, 2012 in Chilliwack B.C. The second course will be May 7-8, 2012  also in Chilliwack, B.C. To inquire or sign up for these courses please email or phone 604-824-9891 for details. Time is short but don't delay as these courses will fill very fast!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Things To Do

Northwest Carving Academy
Kittitas County Fairgrounds
A/C Event Center
Ellensburg, WA
July 9-13, 2012
2012 Instructors and Media
Pat Moore Dragon w/Roughout
Bob Travis Caricature - Hobo
Pete LeClair Caricature - Bust & Faces
Wayne Barton Chip Carving - Lidded Box
Harley Refsal Flat Plane Caricature
Tom Duke Native American Flute
Lonnie Accord Tlingit Style Mask
Jerry Simchuck Power - Goldfinch
Desi Hajny Power - Group of Bears
Joshua Guge Power - Reel fish & habitat
Jeff Harkness Realistic Busts
Fred &
Elaine Stenman Relief— Wood burned
Charley Phillips Floral Relief
Chris Hammack Caricature - Figures
Cindy Jeffery Painting Classes
For additional information or to register please go to

That is one long list of impressive instructors. Any class that you could still get into would be well worth your while. The members of the board are all great people to get along with to. If you want to stay close to Abbotsford and learn to carve there is a  free carving course for the next three weeks for absolute beginners. It is almost full but there might be a few spots left. to find out more about that contact me  at 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Club Minutes March

Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2012
Rick opened the meeting at 10:03 am
  • Mike Rachon motioned that the minutes from the last meeting be adopted. Bill Poch 2nd, motioned carried
  • Joany gave the librarians report. There is $xx.xx in the library account.
If anyone has any ideas for a book purchase contact Joany.
  • Rick reported that KMS Tools will now be carrying Fox Chapel Books
  • Wednesday night carving group at the school may be disrupted due to the teachers strike. If so we will do our best to let you know before Wednesday.
  • Interest about setting up booths at our upcoming show are beginning to come in.
  • Rolf has sent out 90 invitations to the show via email.
  • Registration forms for the show have gone out
  • Next meeting of the show committee will be end of March/early April
  • We will be getting a new server for the web page as Rolph has been having problems with the current one. The new one will cost $120.00 per year but will accommodate everything we want to do. Motion to go ahead with this by Larry, 2nd by Darrel, all in favour, motion carried.
  • Rick brought forth the idea of having another carving night open to out members. This would be in Chilliwack so that those that do not want to drive to Abby can still enjoy the benefits of carving as a club. Rick is going to check into this further regarding space, cost, and interest. Wednesday night in Abbotsford still remains open to out members. We will simply be broadening our horizons and increasing accessibility. Rick will be in touch with Chilliwack arts council.
  • The club is looking at getting a new club crest design. Time for a little updating. We will have a competition for all club members to design a new logo. The chosen crest to win a prize yet to be determined. Have your designs in by the April general meeting. Make your crest design no more than 6” x 6”.
  • New Business, there is a $2000 gaming grant from the arts council that the club can apply for. The executive will be pursuing the proper forms and channels.
  • Last moths president’s challenge was to complete a carving that fits in an Altoids tin. Some remarkable entries were on display.
  • Next months president’s challenge. Carve some “hair”. Human or animal.
  • Larry also showed how to fit a whole carving kit into an Altoids tin. Amazing, in that little can was a handle, gouges, knives, pocket knife, and bandaids.  Great job, thanks.
  • 50-50 draw came to a grand total of $23.00. The lucky winner of $11.50 was Brian Pinkerton.
  • Everyone who brought a carving to show and tell received a draw ticket for one of 3 prizes.
Winners were;
Jean – hand carved name tag by Rick
Darrel – a very nice rough out
Stu – a coveted pencil by  He is taking it with him to Hawaii as he is very proud of it.
  • The club is planning on running an ad in the local paper advertising beginners carving classes on Wed nights. 
  • Meeting closed at 12 noon.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Get Out of My Hair!

Sometimes you get so busy that you don't have time to do all the things you have taken on. As a result the quality of your output suffers a little or a lot depending how many balls you have up in the air. Than you want to tell a few people to Get Out of Your Hair if you still have it! As usual I waited till the last minute to tell you that next month for the April Presidents challenge I would like you to carve some hair on the end or side of a piece of scrap wood. It can be any kind of hair human or animal. The rest of the face is optional. This will challenge you to perfect Getting out your Hair.  Had enough yet? Just Google carving hair and you'll find lots of links.

Friday, February 24, 2012

You Gotta Laugh

Part of Carving is coming up with ideas for your next project. And as a caricature carver you work on the oddities of the human form to draw a laugh or two in a good way. Well it is 1238 AM and I think this is funnier now than when my cousin first posted it on a popular communication site a few weeks ago.
My cousin is an artist and has an eye for sure . I don't think she drew this picture but knows someone who did.  The Latest Fad is skinny pants I wonder what she would do with that?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Presidents Challenge

Well February is half over and we are rapidly approaching March and beyond.  For March I challenge all members to carve something that will fit in tho an Altoids peppermint tin. I sent it out in the minutes and here it is again. Yes that will be a small carving so it should not take to much of your valuable time. I will attempt it myself this month and try to come up with a worthy prize or three.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

               I borrowed this flyer from the Wood Bee Carvers site. If your in the neighbourhood drop by and take in the show and some of the local flavour. I sure did enjoy my visit to Ohio. I'm sure they will welcome you there as well.