March 2017 Newsletter
Volume 26  Issue 3

At December’s meeting we had a gift exchange and I received two gifts that Don Lorier had carved which were two
spiraled Christmas trees. I thought they would make for a fun project for me as well. Luckily, January’s Saturday
carve was based on Christmas trees so they fit the January’s theme very well. Not a hard project, but they do require
some thought before starting out.

That afternoon I went to visit my mother. She showed me her display of Christmas carvings on her TV stand that my
dad, Karen, and I had made over the years. She said she only had one Christmas tree and that it would look nice if
she had at least one more so that she could have a tree placed on each side of her display. So I guess you know
where my first spiral Christmas tree will be going.

The following Saturday Karen and I went to CACW’s Carve and Share where we spent the day with Cynthia Potthast
teaching us the basics of relief carving. We had a great time and will be heading back for future open carves.

P.S. Put the knife to the wood and keep those chips flying.


Dan Devine, the Generations custodian, wanted me to say thanks to the club for the Christmas gift. Dan goes out of
his way for all of our meetings to have the room set up and tables placed for the library.


The event was held on Tuesday, February 7 at Matthews Oncology on Taylor Drive. Food and fellowship started at
5pm with the
carving workshop beginning around 6pm. Tim Renzelmann of the SCCCF Board of Directors organizes
the event. This year the project was the fish
keychain. Members who participated were Darrell Abston, Sandy
Doebert, Ron Feld, Don Lorier, Gene Mathis, Jim and Karen Rooker, Jeff See, John Schumann, and Betty Wilson.


Just a reminder to get out those knives and start working on a few ornaments
for the Meals on Wheels Christmas tree. The theme for the 2017 tree is
for Meals.
The Tuesday night group have come up with some excellent ideas for
ornaments that will be the project for the February 11 Saturday carve. Cutouts
and wheels are available from Betty Wilson. With all the talented woodcarvers
in our club, we also would appreciate ideas for three-dimensional carvings and
chip carvings so we can trim the tree with many styles of carving.  


The 27th annual Artistry in Wood Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at
the Lakers Ice Center in Sheboygan from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is just $2 and children under 12 are admitted
free with their parents. Featured carver this year will be Rosemary Mohnsam. Concessions will be sold by the Youth
Hockey League. Book, tool, and wood vendors will be at the show. Demonstrations and a kids’ carve will be held
throughout the day. Book your table today by filling out this
form and giving it to Bob Lawrence.


The Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc. Show & Sale is scheduled for September 9 at the Rock County
Fairgrounds Craig Center in Janesville. Rosie Kautz is the show chairman and you can reach her at More information can be found on their website


The February 1 meeting was called to order at 6:32 pm by President Jim Rooker. Jim reminded everyone that they
should sign in at Generations to keep the money coming to them.

Treasurer’s Report. Joann Luke reported expenses of $765 and deposits of $510. Our insurance carrier has asked if
we wish terrorism rider on our policy for the show. Members agreed we did not need the rider.

Library Report. Lori Jarosh reported receiving the latest issues of Chip Chats, Wildfowl Carving, and Woodcarving

Gary Emerich also reported that the project he was working on transferring VCR tapes and DVDs to flash drives is
complete. Gary transferred all the media the library had onto a single drive. Five of these drives are available to be
checked out of the library. The question then was asked what would become of the tapes and DVDs. Don Lorier had
the idea to just make them available to members. Dianna Witt made a motion to allow members to take them,
seconded by Sandy Doebert. The membership approved.

Sunshine Report. No report since Mary Nowacki was unable to attend the meeting.

Saturday Carve. The project for the February 11 carve will be ornaments for the Meals on Wheels Christmas tree.

Cancer Care Carving Event. At the request of Tim Renzelmann, the carve with the group will be held on Tuesday,
February 7 at Matthews Oncology on Taylor Drive. Food and fellowship starts at 5 pm, if you are interested. Ten to
twelve volunteers are needed. The project will be the fish keychain. Pam Moir had the signup sheet and a sheet with
the details for the event.

Artistry in Wood. Ron Feld said plans for the show are well underway. Nine tables are booked to date. Ron
mentioned the
entry form is available here on the website. He also had a few entry forms available. The locations of
the signs was discussed. Signup sheets for the volunteer positions will be available at the next meeting. He had flyers
available to be handed out. Don Lorier reported that Ray Henry, our wood vendor, would once again be at the show.

Sandy Doebert mentioned that the projects for the kids' carve will be peeling bark or carving the fish keychain. New
this year is a project for younger children who can carve soap using tongue depressors.

Wood Requests. Don Lorier asked if anyone had a special wood request. He is making a trip to pick up wood and
could include your request in that order.

Rich Wetherbee Class. Rich, who is from Colorado, will be holding a class in Waupaca in May and contacted us to
see if our club would also be willing to hold a class during the same trip. Jim Rooker spoke with him to get tentative
dates and cost for the two-day seminar. He will have more information at our next meeting after checking to see if he
can reserve space at Lakeland University.

Show & Tell. Thirteen members participated in the Show & Tell portion of the meeting. The prize was 400 grit
sanding paper and was won by Joann Luke.

Raffle. The diamond sharpener and magnifying glass went to Jeff See. The dockyard tool was won by Jim Rooker.

Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:31 pm. Our new Vice President, Henry Meller,
demonstrated the use of his lathe. He showed small pieces of wood that he had
turned, sanded, and polished. He also brought a piece of wood, brought up
from the depths of Lake Michigan, that could have been there for 100 years.


Email me with articles or photos to be included
either in the newsletter or our website. Copies
of all newsletters published since January 2011
can be found on our website. Web pages of
the online versions are available for the past
year. If you ever have a problem accessing
past newsletters, please let me know.


Monday Morning Carving — Monday from 9 am-noon at the Senior Activity Center, 428 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan.
Check the complete center schedule at Free for Friends members and $1.00 for guests
of members.

Tuesday Night Carving — held year-round from 6-9 pm at Plymouth High School, Room C111. All members and
are welcome. Cost is $1.00.

Saturday Carve — held once/month (September through June) on the Saturday ten days following the monthly
meeting in the Generations Craft Room, 9 am-noon.


March 18 & 19, 2017: Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild 34th Annual Woodworking Show & Sale,
Southwest High School, 1331 Packerland Drive, Green Bay, WI; Saturday 9:30 am- 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:30 am-
4:00 pm; go to See flyer.

April 22, 2017: Kettle Karvers Klub Artistry in Wood, Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show, Lakers Ice Center,
1202 South Wildwood Avenue, Sheboygan, WI; 10 am-4 pm.

April 30, 2017: Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Woodcarving Show, Competition, and Sale, Crystal Falls Banquet Facility,  
1500 Handschke Drive, New London, WI; 9 am-4 pm; go to

July 22, 2017: Richfield Art at the Mill Art and Fine Craft Fair, Richfield Historical Park, 4399 Pleasant Hill Road,
Richfield, WI; 9 am-4 pm; go to

August 5, 2017: Lake Country Carvers Show and Sale, Lake Country Life Enrichment Center,1306 West Wisconsin
Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI; 10 am-4 pm; contact Ray Burow 920-474-4075 or

August 10-12, 2017:
Carv-Fest 2017 Woodcarving Festival, Faribault, MN; click link for more information or call

August 15-18, 2017: Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop in Boulder Junction, WI. Contact Mary Moscinski,
4447 Scarlet Oak Drive, Rockford, IL 61109, 815-874-7978 or; go to

September 9, 2017: Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc. Show & Sale, Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig
Center, 1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI; 10 am-4 pm, or

September 23-24, 2017: Wisconsin River Woodcarvers Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition & Sale,
The Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point, WI; Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. For more
information about the show/seminars, go to

October 22, 2017: Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin, Abundant Life Christian School, 4901 East Buckeye Road,
Madison, WI; 9 am - 4 pm. For more information, go to or email faspich1@aol.
Contact webmaster.
Kettle Karvers
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
Next meeting: March 1 at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m.
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it
seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities
that were somehow absent before the change. ~ Earl Nightingale
Gene Mathes