May 2017 Newsletter
Volume 26  Issue 5

I would like to thank the Mid-Wisconsin Chippers for hosting Lee Belanger. I had an enjoyable time carving my cottonwood
bark project. If you should get a chance to work with cottonwood bark, please take some time out to do so. I’m quite sure you
would enjoy it as well. It is challenging and fascinating all at the same time. For those of you who have already tried it, you
already know, one becomes best buddies with super glue and accelerant in a good way. Lee will be at Boulder Junction in
August if you are interested in giving it a whirl.


I would like to thank everyone for their help in getting the show together and making it a success.  Without the help of all of
you, it would not have run as smoothly.  There will be a summary at the May meeting.


Don Lorier has a long history of creating works of art that he donates
to the Unity Music Festival. This year he carved a tree and convinced
Pam Moir to decorate it with gnomes she had carved. Together they
created a most impressive tree that was sold during the silent
auction held this year on April 8.

Don also showed a beautiful walking stick created by Gene Mathes
that was also donated to the event. Gene completed the stick for
a friend, but decided to donate it after his friend passed away
before he could give it to them.

NEW MEMBERS by Joann Luke

Virginia Hamm Van Prooien
674 Aspen Grove
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Ira Hartmann
674 Aspen Grove
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Dan Hemminger
228 Graass Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Susie Kehoe
2541 Jody Drive
New Franken, WI 54229


The theme for the 2017 Meals on Wheels fundraiser tree is Wheels for Meals. We have until the November meeting to complete
all carvings for the tree. Members have been very creative in supplying carvings for other projects, so I am sure we will all come
up with good ideas to create woodcarved ornaments for this tree. If you need ideas, however, cutouts and wheels are available
from Betty Wilson at each Tuesday carve and monthly meeting.


I am reaching out on behalf of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI to invite members of the Kettle Karvers
Klub, Inc. to come see a wonderful exhibition we currently have on view featuring two Wisconsin artists and woodcarvers. The
Arts Center and its art exhibitions are free and open to the public to visit, and we would love to have members of your club
come to check out our fabulous artist-made bathrooms and tour the
woodcarving exhibition currently on view through May 21, 2017

Wisconsin artists Levi Fisher Ames of Madison (1843-1923) and Albert Zahn of Door County (1864-1953) carved animals out
of wood to impart allegories and create wondrous worlds that were both imaginary and instructive. We would love for fellow
woodcarvers to delight in the art of what Ames and Zahn created over their lifetimes. It’s really very impressive! We also have
several other free galleries featuring art environments that are equally fantastic and make a trip to the Arts Center in
Sheboygan well worth it.  


The April 5 meeting was called to order at 6:33 pm by President James Rooker. Visitors at the meeting were Ira Hartmann and
Ginny Hamm Van Prooien.

Treasurer’s Report. Joann Luke reported expenses for February of $97.47 and income for February at $98.55. March totals
were expenses of $714.87 and income at $400.00. Expenses included rent to Generations and insurance for the show.

Library Report. Librarian Lori Jarosh reported that magazines and books were received from the estate of member Roy
Hayner. Many
Chip Chats were put out for members to take. She will look through the books and decide what she can add to
the library. A copy of the
Gary Emerich and Al Herwig Illusionist Heart Instruction Manual has been added to the library and may
be checked out. Magazines received since the last meeting included
Woodcarving Illustrated, Wildfowl Carving, Carving
, and Wildfowl Competition 2016.

Sunshine Report. Mary Nowacki would like members to contact her if cards need to be sent.

Saturday Carve. The project for April 15 will be carving ornaments for the Meals on Wheels tree.

Artistry in Wood.  Items covered included reminding those coming to help with setup on April 21 that the Lakers Ice Center
will not be open until 4 pm so arriving early will just result in waiting. Signup sheets were available for the remainder of the
volunteer positions that need to be filled during the show on April 22. Members are needed to work during the child carving
event, to sell raffle tickets, to take admission, to help with judging, and to man the club table.

Betty Wilson reported that she was ordering table covers for the two club tables and asked if there were any members who
wanted her to order a cover for their personal use. Each cover cost $20 and the shipping would be divided among the

Bob Lawrence had entry forms available for any member who still wanted to book a table. Bob also passed out judging
numbers to members who had previously booked a table. The remaining numbers will be handed out at the show.

Entries for the competition must be checked in by 7:45 am the day of the show. If possible, after unloading your vehicle and
setting up your table, please move your vehicle so attendees have the close parking spots after 10 am. Signs will be placed on
the exhibitor door directing attendees to use the front entrance.

Ron had posters available and asked members to distribute them to spread the word of our show. He said that break rooms at
businesses was a good place. Members can send emails to friends and relatives.  A sign advertising our show will be on display
at Generations until the day of the show and then will be used in Sheboygan to direct attendees to the show. The show is
advertised on the Lakers website and an ad has been placed in the Plymouth media which includes four newspapers. Gary
Emerich will put the show information on Craigslist. He also requested that members use Facebook to advertise the show and
ask friends to spread the word.

Meals on Wheels Tree Ornaments. Don Lorier thanked Betty Wilson for spearheading the project. Don said there is a
display in the Meals on Wheels cafeteria showing some of our ornaments. He told members to keep carving since we need
many ornaments, which will be collected until the November meeting.

Unity Music Festival. Don Lorier will donate a tree decorated with gnomes carved by Pam Moir to this event held on April 8.
Don also will donate one of his mushrooms (yes, the ones we all love and wish we had). Gene Mathes will donate a diamond
willow walking stick. Both items will be part of the silent auction.

Rich Wetherbee Class. Rich will hold a class on May 12 and 13 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm each day at the Waldo Village Hall
in downtown Waldo. The cost is $150.00 plus any roughouts and $8.00 for hall rental. Contact Jim at 920-918-8512 if
interested. There are still openings in the class.

Mini Lathe. Jerry Bauer brought a mini lathe that he wanted to sell to the meeting.

Show & Tell. Thirteen members participated in the Show & Tell portion of the meeting showing a wide variety of carvings.
Quite a few ornaments were already turned in, but more are needed. The raffle items were a sanding cloth and glasses, which
were won by Rose Mohnsam.

Raffle. The tool rack was won by Roger Carlson who let it be raffled again, the second winner was Bob Lawrence who also let it
be raffled again, and the final winner was Rose Mohnsam. The carving knife was won by Henry Meller.

Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:39 pm.


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 visitors
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.


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,, 608-868-4522, 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
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Kettle Karvers
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
Next meeting: May 3 at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m.
Originality is not doing something no one else has ever done, but doing what
has been done countless times with new life, new breath. ~ Marie Chapian