November 2016 Newsletter
Volume 25 Issue 9
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Jim Rooker
I hope in the past couple of weeks you took a little time to stop and look at the beautiful colors that Mother Nature has provided
I would like to thank Mid-Wisconsin Chippers for hosting a Jan Jenson’s Old World Style chip carving class. Along with several
Chipper members in attendance, Ron Feld, Karen Rooker, and I attended the class. It is a fairly easy technique to conquer and can
be a relaxing, mindless type of carving, if you will. It makes for a nice break from a more challenging carve. If you haven’t tried the
Old World Style of chip carving, I would suggest giving it a try.
Eleven of us Kettle Karvers recently spent an enjoyable Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with Floyd Rhadigan and his Fantasy
Carvings. I carved Santa in a rocking chair with his feet resting on a pot belly stove and managed to get it to about three-quarters
done. Karen carved Olive Oil and was able to finish the entire caricature. If you ever get the chance to carve alongside Floyd, please
do. He is a wealth of carving knowledge and talent. He also has some pretty awesome stories to boot.
P.S. Floyd suggest that you try and put the knife to the wood and keep the chips flying at least a half-hour every day to improve
upon your carving skills.
KETTLE KARVER OF THE YEAR by Judy Larson
Each year a member is chosen to be designated as "Kettle Karver of the Year." The award is not given solely on carving ability, but
given to the person who makes a significant contribution to the club. The winner's name is added to the plaque and they will keep
the plaque until the next election. Once again, slips will be passed out at the December meeting for members to vote for another
club member. This is not a normal ballot where you “pick one,” but your choice from all members.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
If the Plymouth School District closes because of inclement weather, Generations will also close and our meeting for that date will
be canceled or postponed. If the President, in consultation with the Executive Board, makes a determination that it is unwise to
hold a meeting due to inclement conditions, the membership will be notified by email or phone.
MEMBERSHIP DUES by Dianna Witt
Dues of $10 is owed by the end of the year and will be collected at the next meeting. Pay dues at the meeting or send to
606-2 Danube Court, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.
FLOYD RHADIGAN CLASS by Pam Moir
The class was held at Lakeland University October 21-23. (see photos) All eleven participants agreed that Floyd is a talented and
generous instructor. Floyd not only shares his talents but tells wonderful and funny stories as he teaches. The participants were
Darrell Abston, Maureen Bruegger, Sandy Doebert, John Halvorsen (Hurley, WI), Neil Lorenz, Pam Moir, Jeanine Mullen, Jim & Karen
Rooker, Bob Wallace, and Helen Williamson.
828 Ashland Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
MEETING MINUTES by Judy Larson
The October 5 meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Jim Rooker. Linda Barnes was visiting as a guest of the group
that carves at the Sheboygan Senior Center. Jim reminded everyone that they should sign in at Generations to keep the money
coming to them.
Treasurer’s Report. Dianna Witt reported expenses of $108.89 and deposits of $88.00. She will collect dues at the November
Library Report. Lori Jarosh reported receiving the latest copy of Wildfowl Carving.
Sunshine Report. Mary Nowacki sent a get well greeting to John Schumann. Bob Lawrence reported that a longtime member, Bill
Marotz, passed away.
Saturday Carve. The project for this month was three little shallow relief carvings. Carves are held on the Saturday after the
meeting at Generations starting at 9 am.
Generations Silent Auction. The silent auction was held on September 17. Larry Lienau, Pam Moir, and Jim Rooker brought items
for the auction. Joanne from Generations did not let the club know how much was raised but did say the auction was a success.
Display Case. Helen Williamson's carvings were placed in the one display cabinet for the month of October. Rosemary Mohnsam's
items will be displayed during November.
Plan ahead for this—all members are asked to bring one or two of your Christmas themed carvings to the December meeting to
be displayed in the cabinets during the holiday season.
Tools for Sale. Richard Young brought tools that he had for sale to members for $5 each.
December Election. The committee of Darrell Abston and Larry Lienau will find members for the positions of Vice President and
Treasurer. If you have an interest in filling either position, please contact them.
Artistry in Wood. Ron Feld asked for help planning our April show. Willie VanSluys suggested that a committee be formed to
share responsibility to organize and run the show. Ron asked that if members are interested, they speak with him.
Christmas Potluck. This members-only event will be held in conjunction with the December
meeting. Meat and buns are provided, and members are asked to bring a dish to share.
You may participate in gift exchange (bring a gift, take a gift). There will also be a 50/50
raffle. A signup sheet was available. Please make sure you sign up at the November meeting
if you have not already done so. You may also call Rosemary (894-3127) to sign up.
Show & Tell. Ten members brought items for the Show & Tell portion of our meeting.
Darrell Abston won a tube of Jo Sonja's artists' colours and a hand drill in the Show &
Raffle. The Denny knife went to Bob
Wallace, and the winner of the watercolor
pencils was Frank Lohr.
Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:29 pm.
The demonstration was given by a good
friend to our club, Herman Sporleder.
He uses powdered chalk to finish his
carvings and showed his process.
NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR by Judy Larson
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. Copies of the online version are available for the past year. If you ever have a problem
accessing past newsletters, please let me know.
SOCIAL CARVING OPPORTUNITIES (calendar)
Monday Morning Carving — Monday from 9 am-noon at the Senior Activity Center, 428 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan.
Check the complete center schedule at SheboyganSeniorCenter.com. Free for Friends members and $1.00 for guests
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 following the monthly meeting in the
Generations Craft Room, 9 am-noon.
November 19 & 20, 2016: Art Fair Off The Square, Monona Terrace Convention Center, Exhibition Hall and Ballroom, One John
Nolen Drive, Madison, WI; Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm.
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.
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
Next meeting: November 2 at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:30 pm
Life offers two great gifts -- time, and the ability to choose
how we spend it. Planning is a process of choosing among
those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we
choose to have others plan for us. ~Richard Winwood