2023 GMWC Club Carving Project:
For 2023, we have decided to try something new, a Club Project. At our monthly CarveIns members bring a project to work on, or often the host provides a blank. How about a larger project that over a series of months members at the monthly meeting could work on, and those not attending could keep up with progress via the website? At the Annual Meeting, Oliver was working on an elephant carving, and the group selected that as our 2023 Club Project, to begin in January. We recently received a generous donation of basswood from one of our members we will used to cut out blanks. You can also use the pattern below to cut out your own blank. As we work on the project, we'll keep a log of the steps and photos posted here for members not able to be at the monthly meeting to follow along.
Original Elephant Photos:
Right Side View Left Side View Top View Front View Rear View
Step by Step Sequence:
Step 1 - Blocking in
Step 2 - Laying out top of head, neck, legs and tail
Step 3 - Blocking in the Ears
Step 4 - Trunk and Tusks
COVID "Stay Home, Stay Safe and Carve" - Stylized WoodCarving Patterns
When COVID hit, the GMWC like other Clubs could no longer
meet in person. What to do? We started using Zoom Updates for our monthly
CarveIns to keep members informed, and used emails, the website and newsletters
to share project members were working on. We also decided to add a few project
ideas to have members try.
With Bob Brightbill's generous donation of walnut here are a few patterns that focus on "Stylized Carving". In addition to the bimonthly newsletter patterns, here are several you might want to try. If you have additional patterns you would like to share, let us know and we'll add them to the site. Walnut while harder to carve is excellent for this style of carving, and we have a quantity available for you to use.
GMWC Lending Library
Over the years, many of our members and their families have chosen to donate their collection of carving books to the Club, to share with other members. With these generous donations, the GMWC has created a Lending Library of WoodCarving books which makes available for members to borrow. A large number of books, many now out of print however can be available for you to preview and borrow. The collection is primarily housed at The Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington, VT. Members should call ahead to arrange a time to look through the collection and may sign out books, or have copies made.
GMWC Lending Library Collection
Wildfowl Carving Resources - "Looking for Aspiring Carvers"
In the past year, several members and other carvers have donated a number of Wildfowl carving resources to the Club. The family of Richard Martindale from Connecticut has donated a large number of tupelo blanks, Bob Gage study casts, and wildfowl carving supplies. Richard Cassavoy's family recently donated a large number of his wildfowl carving books. They all asked that we use the resources to help aspiring wildfowl carvers get started. We have cataloged the resources which are linked below, as well as the books which are included in our GMWC Lending Library link. If you or someone you know are interested in learning wildfowl carving let us know so we can help get you started.
GMWC WildFowl Resources List