January 2019 Newsletter
COMING MEETING: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Papio-Missouri NRD Bldg.Papio-Missouri NRD Bldg. (date has been confirmed)
Following Meeting: February 19, 2019
PRESIDENTS NOTES: Happy New Year Gang! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday and you are ready to begin another year of carving.
First we need to make a correction to the December newsletter. Norm inadvertently included officer elections in the December agenda. As you know, January is [the] month we elect club officers. So we will do just that at this coming meeting. Thanks for your understanding.
Speaking of elections, if you are interested in serving as president or secretary / treasurer come to the meeting and volunteer. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members for their support over the past 2 years. It has been my pleasure to serve our club.
We had a lively discussion of the mini decoy contest. It seems we have some work to do to get this program on the schedule of 2019 events. Read on for more info.
The calendar project is in the capable hands of Ron Pigg. We will be asking for input and your participation in the coming months.
Our treasury is in good condition. If you have suggestions for purchases such as additions to our library of carving references, call me or come to the meeting and tell us what your are thinking.
A special thanks to Al Thomas for the informative program on design and use of decoy keels. We have his handout if you missed the meeting and want a copy.
I hope to see you at the meeting on Jan 15th.
Meeting agenda for 1/15/19:
Welcome members and visitors.
New Club business:
Election of 2019 officers
Library requests and additions
Suggestions for February short program.
2020 Calendar project and production timeline.
2019 mini decoy contest.
Open Discussions time.
At the last meeting…
We are ready to start working on the 2020 club calendar. Soon we will be contacting the Stutheit family for information on Ralph and get their permission to honor him in the calendar.
At this time we need to know how many members want to be included in the next edition. This will help us decide if we need more than 1 version as in the past, and how many calendars we will need to order. We will start a list at this meeting. If you can’t attend, please contact us at your earliest convenience and let us know if you want to be included in the 2020 edition.
If you want to be included, we will start taking photographs at the February meeting. You may bring your carving to the meeting for photographs or email a photograph. You may email photograph(s) to Ron Pigg at firstname.lastname@example.org . This may not be a jpeg photo taken with a cell phone as the resolution is usually inadequate for our purpose.
At this time, we have 3 each of Version one 2019 calendars left. Let Norm know if you want to buy 1 or all.
As mentioned earlier, we had a lively and productive discussion on the mini decoy contest. This is what we know at this time:
* The style will be in the antique or heritage style.
* The definition of “antique” or “heritage” style is to
* The size of the carving will be six inches or less.
* A keel will NOT be required and the decoys will
NOT be judged in the tank.
* The contest will be held at the September meeting along with the annual family picnic.
* Trade is NOT mandatory.
We may use the guidelines of existing competitions such as IWCA or the Ward World Competition to model our guidelines. Norm will bring copies to the January meeting.
We need to decide whether the contest will feature a specific species or waterfowl group, or be open to any waterfowl specie. We should decide if these decoys will be a copy of an existing antique decoy or, in the style of an antique decoy.
If you have references for old decoys, bring them to the meeting. This may help us in our deliberations.
Library request: We have received a request to purchase a DVD on the application of finishes. This DVD takes you through the steps necessary to apply finishing materials by hand, detailing each process, the materials used, and the correct technique.
You'll learn how to set up a safe and suitable working environment, how to prepare the surface of the wood for finishing. At the core are step-by-step techniques for six classic hand-applied finishes: shellac (including French polishing), oil, varnish, lacquer, water-based finish, and milk paint. The cost is $16.07 and has not been purchased as of this date. This may aid you when sealing your carving and finishing bases.
Just a reminder …the 2019 membership dues are due at the January meeting. If you can’t come to the meeting, you can send us a check for $25.00 to Norm Wise @ 8502 South 101st St, LaVista, NE. 68128.
Upcoming Competition and events:
Kansas City Elegance in Wood Show and Sale. Mar 15–16, 2019. John Know Pavilion, 400 NW Murry Rd., Lee’s Summit. Hours: 10a – 5p. Sponsored by Kansas City Woodcarvers (a special interest group of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild). Contact: Dan Robidoux, elegance@KCWoodworkersguild.org
Dan Robidoux is a CFDCC member.
Ohio Decoy and Wildlife Art Show and Sale
Mar 9–10, 2019. Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville. Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 9a–3p. $11,000 cash prizes carving contests: Palm frond, decorative decoy, best of the marsh & miniatures, cocktail bird, vintage decoy, IWCA hunting decoy, IWCA hunting shorebird, fish decoy, jigging stick, and more. Flat art contest. Friday night meet-greet and sell. Saturday night auction, cocktail party. Sunday pool contests, raffle. Painting seminars, supplies. Student entries free! Contact: Wayne Baldwin (vendors), email@example.com.
Room reservations: 877-408-2913. See www.odcca.net for discount code and contest rules.
See you at the meeting on the 15th!