May Newsletter

May Newsletter 2017

Club Officers

President- Nelson Cruithirds NRC1947@yahoo.com
Vice President- Theoan LeDoux onedixiequilter@aol.com
Secretary- Gail Holland gailholland@bellsouth.net
Treasurer- Gaines Burnette wgburnette@comcast.net

Next Meeting: Date- Tuesday, May 9th 2017 Time: 6:30-8:30p
Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Rd. Tucker, Ga. 30084

Memorial Day:

May is the month with which I always associate the beginning of summer. It is also the month during which we remember those who served during the various wars and did not return. The emotions both of those cause gives rise to conflicted feelings at this time of year.

Sometimes we get conflicted feelings about our carvings. As with most things, I believe it is better to dwell on the positive and not the negative. We can always learn from even the worst of our carving experiences.

Leah Goddard Class:

We will look forward to a report from those who were able to take Leah’s class. She always has great information that she passes to her students.

Tip of the month:

Your gouge is hard — don’t be afraid to use it.

Keep in mind that if you use it to scrape rather than cut wood you will need to hone the cutting surface more frequently than usual.

Upcoming Events:

SE Woodcarving School and Competition.

If you are planning to go to this school your time is running out. The dates for the school are July 7th-9th, 2017.

Summer Social:

Our summer ice cream Social on Tuesday, July 11th is fast approaching. One more meeting after this one and it will be here.

Program for May Club Meeting

Carve a Dragonfly:

The program for this month will be part one of carving and painting a dragonfly. The article from which the lesson will be taken is originally from Carving Magazine.

Donna Menke is the author of the article.

Tools needed are:

Bench knife
#9 or #11 gouge 1/8″(3mm)
#3 gouge 3/4″ or as wide as you may have
Glove and finger guard

We will have wood to carve a dragonfly pin. If you would like to carve a larger version of the dragonfly or if you would like to relief carve a dragonfly on a box or on a square of wood you will need to bring the wood or box on which you will carve.

If you have a green stick from your yard trimmings about 1/4″ thick and about four inches long you can bring that for the body of your dragonfly that way you can tell anyone who asks that you “found” the dragonfly in your yard.

See you at the meeting,

Nelson

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