Volume 28  Issue 6 (published September 9, 2019)
Kettle Karvers
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there
is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take
away. — Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Next meeting: October 2, 2019,  at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:30 pm

Plymouth Community Education offers a woodcarving class from 6-8 pm Tuesdays, October 15 to November 12 in
Room C107 at Plymouth High School. Go to and use the Quick
Links to check out further information about the class and sign up. Teachers for the class are members Darrell Abston
and Helen Williamson.


Yearly dues of $10 is owed by the end of the year and will be collected at upcoming meetings. Pay dues at the meeting
to our interim Treasurer, Don Lorier. Further information regarding mailing your dues will be added to the next


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 that person keeps 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. Give this some thought and speak with fellow members about good candidates.
Previous winners were Maureen Bruegger, Ron Feld, Lori Jarosh, Don Lorier, and Neil Lorenz.


It has been awhile since a Saturday carve has been held. For new members, this carve was held once per month with
a member taking on the duty of leading the group in a carve of their choice. The club furnishes the wood and other
supplies. This carve is usually held either the first or second Saturday of the month from 8 am to noon in the
Generations Craft Room. All is needed at this time is a member to step forward to print out instructions for a quick
project, get the supplies together, and arrange for Generations to be open on that Saturday morning. This was a fun
club event that, hopefully, we can plan to hold each month. Bring your idea to the next meeting and get the ball rolling.

MEETING MINUTES by Judy Larson, Secretary

The September 4, 2019, meeting was called to order by President Henry Meller at 6:36 pm. Forty-two members were
in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report. Joann Luke reported expenses of $508.86 and income of $18.00. She thanked Don Lorier who
will take over the Treasurer position immediately.

Library Report. Lori Jarosh reported receiving the latest issues of Chip Chats, Wildfowl Carving, Woodcarving
and Woodcarving Illustrated. [All magazines were tagged as part of our library and are available for a two-
month checkout.] Larry Lienau suggested that a library audit be conducted. After Henry asked for volunteers, the
following members agreed to participate: Linda Graves, Steve Henze, Larry Lienau, Frank Lohr, Jim & Karen Rooker,
and Willie VanSluys. Lori and participants will agree on the date to conduct the audit.

Sunshine Report. Dianna Witt did not send any cards.

Club Wood Sales. Don Lorier has been making sure the club has been supplied with plenty of wood pieces for all our
carving needs for many years. Now that Don has assumed the Treasurer duties, Jim Rooker will take on that position
within our club.

Come Together, A Festival Celebrating Unity in our Community. This event is held this year on September 14.
We were contacted to have a table for woodcarvers to demonstrate and show their work. Unfortunately no carvers
were available to man the table this year.

St. Nick's Taste of Fall. The volunteers at St. Nicholas Hospital host this event to benefit the cancer program at the
hospital. Johannah Wenig contacted the club about donations to the raffle. The event will be held on September 19 so
if you wish to donate, please email or call Johannah at 920-451-7543 to get your donation
to them quickly.

Carving Class. Plymouth Community Education offers a woodcarving class from 6-8 pm Tuesdays, October 15 to
November 12 in Room C107 at Plymouth High School. Helen Williamson said she will be teaching the class.

2020 Artistry in Wood. Henry Meller asked the membership if the club should take a year off from holding the show
as a way to create more interest the next time the show was held. A member mentioned that we would lose a lot of
the people booking tables and the vendors. Henry reported that April 25 was available at Lakers as well as the first
Saturday in May. It was brought up that Mid-Wisconsin Chippers has their show on that first weekend of May so that
would not work for Kettle Karvers. Committees need to be formed to handle each aspect of the show. These
committees need to be firmed up before the end of the year so that all details can be planned in advance.

December Election. Three positions will change as of January 2020: Secretary, Treasurer, and one Board Member.
Don Lorier is taking over the Treasurer position from Joann Luke immediately so he will be on the ballot for that
position. Willie VanSluys' 3-year term on the board will expire in January. Darrell Abston and Jim Rooker, as the
nominating committee, will recruit members to fill the Secretary and Board Member positions. The election is held at
the December meeting and new officers are installed at the January banquet.

Demonstration. We needed to go outside for the demonstration
because of the smoke. Tom Warosh and Bob Newton showed the
process of burning Lichtenberg figures, or fractal patterns, into
wood using high voltage electricity. The patterns were burned onto
the bowl shown.

Show & Tell. Fifteen members participated in Show & Tell.
The Show & Tell raffle was won by Mark Eggebeen, and he took
home a bug zapper. Photos can be found

Raffle. The workbench was won by Maureen Bruegger. The knife
and gloves went to
Werner Roesselet.

The meeting was adjourned.


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 past years. 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.

Tuesday Morning Carving — Tuesdays starting at 9:30 am at the Manitowoc Senior Center, 3330 Custer Street, Manitowoc. Richard
Young is the contact. Check the complete center schedule at

Tuesday Evening Carving — held year-round from 6:30-9:00 pm at Plymouth High School, Room C111, 125 South Highland. All
members and visitors are welcome. Cost is $1.00.

Wednesday Morning Carving — a group gathering from 8:30 am-noon at the Kiel Community Center, 510 3rd Street, to enjoy
carving. Larry Lienau is the contact.


September 14, 2019: Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin 14th Annual Show and Sale, Rock County Fairgrounds Craig Center,
1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI; 9 am-4 pm; go to  
Show Flyer/Registration

September 21-22, 2019: Wisconsin River Woodcarvers Show, Competition, and Sale, Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens
Point, WI; Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 9 am-4 pm; go to     Show Flyer       Registration

October 20, 2019: Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin 31st Annual Show & Sale, Abundant Life Christian School, 4901 East Buckeye
Road, Madison, WI; 9 am-4 pm; for more information, go to or email

April 25, 2020: Kettle Karvers Artistry in Wood, Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show, Lakers Ice Center, 1202
South Wildwood Avenue, Sheboygan, WI; 10 am-4 pm.   
 Entry Form  Show Rules