SALINE CLUB OFFICERS
President: Nancy Popp
Vice President pro tem: Malcolm Shaffner
Secretary: Connie Salenbien
Treasurer: Nancy Popp
Newsletter and Blog Diva: Peggy Lubahn / 734-548-0194
Newsletter schedule: February, April, June, August, October, December
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Hello everyone! I’ve gone through this year’s newsletters and emails and pulled out these highlights. Full newsletters and photos are available on the blog. Happy holidays to each of you from Peggy!
Thank you to Malcolm, who has volunteered to fill in as Vice President until Caryn is able to resume coming to our weekly meetings.
CLUB NEWS FROM PEGGY’S DESK
The weather since our last newsletter has been anything but predictable! Even so, signs of spring are beginning to appear. Of course for our group, the TRUE sign of spring is when the snowbirds fly north for the season, to liven up our meetings!
GREAT NEWS FROM CARYN
Last month, our group cheered for Caryn’s new twin daughters! Check out the photos on our blog.
FOR MEMBERS WHO DON’T ATTEND REGULARLY
If you don’t get to meetings very often but you still want to be an official member, please mail a check for $5.00 to John Pappas at 1843 Collegewood Street, Ypsilanti 48197.
WOOD BURNING’S A HIT!
Helen led a wood burning class on January 22 and 29. Many of our members participated, and a few newcomers came in as well. THANK YOU Helen for sharing your experience with others!
Tom J.’s Got a Good Point Here
One thing good about this shutdown time is that we will be having one of the few Shows open in the state. Might do good for table sales? Everyone stay safe! Tom J.
Saline Senior Center Closed
In an abundance of caution for health and safety and in alignment with Saline Area Schools, Saline Area Senior Center (SASC) is closed Monday, March 16, through Sunday, April 5, with a planned reopening date of Monday, April 6, at this point.
Sharon’s Idea for this year’s Raffle Project
Can we have some kind of Wifi vote on our show raffle project or was it already decided? Because we can be working on it while house bound!
News from Gerry Pitts
Gerry called a few days ago, and it was just like old times to hear his voice again! He asks for our members to share photos of their projects with his local carving friends in Maryland. His email is: email@example.com.
Decision on This Year’s Raffle Project
From Nancy: Since we will probably not be getting together to create group projects for the carving show raffle, I have conferred with my fellow officers and we have decided to have our members create their own individual projects. The projects should have a Christmas holiday or winter theme. If you are having trouble coming up with wood or blanks perhaps you can contact Floyd Rhadigan 734-647-3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org for one of his blanks. Or contact Nancy at 734-476-5358 and I will try to help. Let’s make good use of our down time and carve up some great pieces!
CLUB NEWS FROM PEGGY’S DESK
The world is a very different place than it was when the February newsletter was sent out! Our weekly meetings have been put on hold, but our group is still strong and our members are still connected AND still carving! Check the blog for photos of projects.
Tom Frederiksen’s sister Jan contacted our club to let us know that he passed away in hospice on April 18. It was Jan who took Tom to one of our shows and got him interested in carving; she says the group meant a lot to him, and she has enjoyed it too. Tom’s presence will be missed at our meetings.
TIME FOR A NEW TREASURER!
Nancy Popp has decided to take over Treasurer duties until our club can vote on a replacement. John is doing fine, seeing gradual improvement in his health day by day. He says he was thinking of “retiring” from Treasurer anyway, and this seems a good time to do that. They’ll appreciate good wishes being sent their way!
TOILET PAPER CHALLENGE
Gerry Pitts sent this to us, thinking our members might enjoy the challenge. Do a carving that fits inside a toilet paper tube without touching the sides. It can be anything you want, but it needs to be carved and finished before our quarantine time ends. When you finish the carving, share it with the group online, and — eventually — bring it to our next meeting.
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP HARVEST FESTIVAL 2020
Sharon and Tom J. have once again offered to demonstrate carving at this festival on Sunday, September 27. (Assuming things are back to normal by then.) The soap carving was a big hit there last year, and brought a lot of attention to our club. Any other carvers who would like to join the group will be VERY welcome!
From Floyd: I have canceled the Evart Woodcarver Roundup & Floyd Fest for June, 2020. I would hate for anyone to get sick from attending. Plans for 2021 will be started soon.
CLUB NEWS FROM PEGGY’S DESK
The Saline Senior Center is still closed, but Don Butler has offered his pole barn for weekly meetings. Whatever happens in the big wide world, carving and good company will still keep bringing friends together!
FLOYDFEST ON JULY 8
Like the rest of us, Floyd has been grounded by Covid 19. So, he’s organized a Floydfest at 10 am on Wednesday, July 8 at his studio. He’ll provide a free blank for a small project such as an Xmas ornament. Contact him if you are interested, and specify what you’d like to carve so he can have it ready. Floyd is also willing to hold a follow-up day on Thursday, for finishing and painting. Cost will be $20 a day. Please plan for social distancing and bring your own mask (BYOM)!
Nancy talked to John Pappas a few days ago. His medical tests have pinned down a rare heart disease which can be treated by very expensive drugs. John has applied for help with the expense and hopes to start treatment soon. He will try to join us for Floyd’s carving event if he can manage it.
2020 PITTSFIELD HARVEST FESTIVAL
Just got word that the festival has been cancelled for this year.
Bruce is recovering from cutting off the tip of a finger while using a lathe a few days ago. The tip was reattached at the ER, but the stitches burst so a second ER trip was made the same day. At this time we are hoping for a full recovery; please send your good wishes to our friend!
CLUB NEWS FROM PEGGY’S DESK
The Saline Senior Center is still closed, but our members are still welcome to meet at Don Butler’s pole barn. All the carving events for 2020 have been cancelled, except for Floyd’s next carve-in. (See below.) Whatever happens in the big wide world, carving and good company will still keep bringing friends together!
FLOYD’S NEXT CARVE-IN SEPTEMBER
I am having another carve-in September 18, 19, 20 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Cost is $90 which includes a rough-out. Call Floyd at 734-649-3259 if you’d like to join the group!
TOM JACOBSON ABOUT OUR 2021 SHOW
Through a vote the Saline Woodcarvers have regretfully decided to cancel this year’s Woodcarving Show due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This year would have been our 25th show. We will plan on going forward with next year as our 25th annual show. Everyone needs to keep on carving and keep safe. I will send out items for next years show in the spring. It will be on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Don Butler has graciously offered up his pole barn as a meeting place for our carving group. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN table, chair, mask, and beverage (alcohol is allowed at the Butler Ranch).
Hello everyone! October is usually a busy month for our group, but Covid has caused big changes in our hobby just like in every other part of life. But this is still a newsletter month, so if you have any new projects or anything else that other members might like to hear about, please send it in. So far I have Tom’s photo of his Bigfoot carving, but that’s all.
If you’d like to send greetings and good wishes to other members, that’ll work too. If nothing much is happening, I’ll just do an update instead of a full newsletter.
Hello everyone! Sorry it took me so long to get this update done, but here it is at last! I’ve received updates from several members (thank you all). This is a “no news is good news” situation for many! For myself, I’m doing well following cataract surgery and have ordered new glasses (woo hoo!). I’m also healing well from having a cancerous spot removed from my cheek. So, no complaints here! Please keep sending in your own updates to share with our group. NO POLITICS PLEASE! Best wishes from Peggy!
Don Butler has decided to cancel meetings at his place due to the surge in Covid cases.
Yearly holiday donation from Nancy Popp
Dear fellow carvers it is time once again to decide on our yearly holiday donations.
I propose we repeat last years performance and give $250 to Saline Social Services and $250 to Arbor Hospice.
All those in favor please contact me within one week (before December 9) by email to email@example.com
Follow-up: This donation was approved.
SHOWS, MEETINGS AND CLASSES FOR 2021
JUNE 23-25: Floydfest, stay tuned for details
SEPTEMBER 16-19: Floyd will be teaching at the “Spit and Whittle” Social Carving Weekend / Osceola Fairgrounds in Evart / evartroundup.com / 616-260-8931
OCTOBER 2: Saline Carvers Annual Show, stay tuned for developments.
CARVER HANG-OUTS IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA
FLOYD RHADIGAN CLASSES: Call 517-456-5252 for the latest info, Tecumseh, Michigan
SALINE CARVERS: Wednesday night (5:30 to 7:00 pm), Saline Senior Center
CHELSEA SENIOR CENTER: Fridays from 10 am to noon in Chelsea, Michigan
LENAWEE WOOD CARVERS: Thursday evenings, 6 to 8 pm at United Church of Christ in Clinton. Jerry Chatfield is the contact person.
TOOLS, SUPPLIERS AND VENDORS
FRANK AND PHYLLIS BURGHY, THE CEDAR BIRD SHOPPE: 1-517-652-6786
CAROL AND LARRY YUDIS, THE WOODCRAFT SHOP: 1-800-397-2278
DON BUTLER, DOCKYARD TOOLS: 1-734-994-1918
MIKE LEPAGE, EYES AND LEGS FOR BIRDS AND DUCKS: 1-586-791-7728
FLOYD RHADIGAN WOOD CARVING: Rough-outs and Blanks, 1-734-649-3259
RANDAL OLDS TOOLS AND SUPPLIES: 1-734-216-3758
JOE DUBEY BASES, TOOLS AND SUPPLIES: 1-989-686-5137