SALINE CARVERS UPDATE FOR JUNE 3, 2021

We had a GREAT group of familiar faces at last night’s meeting!  There was plenty of space to spread out in the Great Room.  Fresh paint and other improvements really give the building a nice look.

Our meetings used to start around 6 pm.  After so many weeks of meeting at the Butler Estate starting at 5 pm, we’re going to stick with 5 to 7 pm on Wednesdays.  That will leave more time to enjoy a beverage following the meeting, and still get home at a reasonable hour!

Terry Marsh is our newest member!  He decided to take the plunge after visiting a few times; he also belongs to the Chelsea group.  That’s Terry standing in front of Don’s table, in the photo.

Please be sure to stop by the office on your way in, so that Senior Center staff will know you are in the building.  In a few months they’ll be getting some member cards that can be simply swiped, to save time.  All this is due to procedural changes related to Covid record-keeping.  Megan or Andrea will also check to see whether your dues are up to date; the cost is $25 a year.

SALINE CARVERS UPDATE FOR JUNE 3, 2021

We had a GREAT group of familiar faces at last night’s meeting!  There was plenty of space to spread out in the Great Room.  Fresh paint and other improvements really give the building a nice look.

Our meetings used to start around 6 pm.  After so many weeks of meeting at the Butler Estate starting at 5 pm, we’re going to stick with 5 to 7 pm on Wednesdays.  That will leave more time to enjoy a beverage following the meeting, and still get home at a reasonable hour!

Terry Marsh is our newest member!  He decided to take the plunge after visiting a few times; he also belongs to the Chelsea group.  That’s Terry standing in front of Don’s table, in the photo.

Please be sure to stop by the office on your way in, so that Senior Center staff will know you are in the building.  In a few months they’ll be getting some member cards that can be simply swiped, to save time.  All this is due to procedural changes related to Covid record-keeping.  Megan or Andrea will also check to see whether your dues are up to date; the cost is $25 a year.

Best wishes from Peggy

Saline Carvers update for Thursday, May 6, 2021

There were a dozen people at the Butler Ranch last night, and it was great to see Connie and Leonard back from Florida!  Jerry Chatfield came by and showed us an amazing Muskie lure he carved at a workshop, which naturally led to some fishing talk.  (The Muskie I caught on a trip to Canada long, long ago was a decent size, but probably too small to get a good grip on Jerry’s lure!) 

Raffle update: Members are asked to carve small holiday scenes (like Santa sitting at the fireplace) for the raffle items.

Show prep is moving forward.  There was general agreement that this year, we’ll ask family members (and anyone else we can think of) to pitch in to make the show a success.  It’s sure a good thing that we have a few months to do our planning.

Birthday addition: Fofie Pappas let me know that John will celebrate his 85th birthday on June 5!

A fine time was had by all, and a few wild turkeys strolled past as I went out to my car to head home.  Come and join us next week, there’s plenty of space, sunshine and fresh air!

Best wishes from Peggy

Saline Carvers update for April 7, 2021

We had a great evening at Don and Patty Butler’s place yesterday, nine people in all!  The weather was beautiful, there was a nice breeze through the pole barn, there was plenty of room for social distancing, and it was SO NICE to see friends in person again!

This was our first meeting since October 2, and Don wants to host every Wednesday until the Senior Center opens again.  If you can make it in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to marvel at the stunning displays of Daffodils brightening up the woods!

Best wishes from Peggy

Pooch’s Saw Whet Owl is Life Size!

SALINE CARVERS NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST, 2020

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

BLOG:  salinecarversblog.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: Saline Woodcarvers

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!

GERRY WINS A TOILET PAPER CHALLENGE!

I did win the July toilet paper challenge.  The only rule was that the carving had to fit inside of a toilet paper roll.  This contest will now run for one year.  Possibly the Saline might like to try something along this line.  

AND HIS TWO NEW PROJECTS

I’ve just finished two other carvings.  A snake toothpick holder.  Now who wouldn’t want this guy on your table?  I down sized the bunny to fit on a 2″x2″x4″ block.

TOM JACOBSON’S NEW PROJECTS

Got this outhouse to carve from Floyd at an Xmas party.  Wanted to add something to it: A raccoon and skunk when you open the door.  I made a Sears Catalog for the skunk to stand on, you can’t even see it tho.  Working now on a Bigfoot for my nephews son.

TOM FREDERIKSEN’S CARVING TOOLS

I’ve heard about some difficulties reaching Jan Maher about Tom’s carving equipment.  So, I went back to her August 10 email.  Please note that her last name is actually Maher not Mayer.  Her email is: maher8722@sbcglobal.net and her phone is: 616-836-1363.  I expect Jan is likely to be away from home a lot, helping Tom’s family in straightening out all his stuff.  If she is not returning calls, that’s probably why.

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).  Should you require directions please contact Don.  PLEASE NOTE Don’s correct email address below.

 Don Butler / 734-944-2928 / carvinggloveguy@gmail.com

7870 Parker Rd, Saline, MI 48176


SHOWS, MEETINGS AND CLASSES FOR 2020 HAVE ALL BEEN CANCELLED

EXCEPT FOR FLOYD’S CARVE-IN SEPTEMBER 18, 19 AND 20

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

SALINE CARVERS WRAP-UP FOR 2020

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

BLOG:  salinecarversblog.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: Saline Woodcarvers

UNIQUE VISITORS TO OUR BLOG DURING 2020

United States:               666

Canada:                        23

India:                            11

Philippines:                   5

Spain:                           4

China:                           3

Nigeria:                         2

Mexico/Guam/Sweden: 1

Total = 717

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!

JANUARY

VICE PRESIDENT

Thank you to Malcolm, who has volunteered to fill in as Vice President until Caryn is able to resume coming to our weekly meetings.

FEBRUARY

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!

MARCH

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: salinechiseler@yahoo.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 rhads134@comcast.net 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!

APRIL

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

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.

JUNE

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)!

JOHN’S UPDATE

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!

AUGUST

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). 

OCTOBER

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.

NOVEMBER

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.

DECEMBER

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 npopp@live.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

SALINE CARVERS NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE, 2020

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

BLOG:  salinecarversblog.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: Saline Woodcarvers

 

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)!

 

JOHN’S UPDATE

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.

 

TOM FREDERIKSEN

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.

 

2020 HARVEST FESTIVAL

Just got word that the festival has been cancelled for this year.

 

 

SHOWS, MEETINGS AND CLASSES FOR 2020

This list of meetings that have NOT been cancelled is what I’ve come up with after a lot of internet research.  Please contact me (Peggy) if you hear of any cancellations. 

SEPTEMBER 17-19: “Spit and Whittle” Social Carving Weekend / Osceola Fairgrounds in Evart / evartroundup.com / 616-260-8931

SEPTEMBER 25-26: Washington Center Carvefest XIV: Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Rec, Washington Center / 248-224-2902

OCTOBER TBA: MWCA Membership Meeting / date and place to be announced / 989-277-5739 / 989-339-6444

OCTOBER 3: Saline Carvers Carving Show / Liberty School in Saline, Michigan / 734-476-3441 / 734-944-5323

OCTOBER 18: Frankenmuth Wood Carving Show / Rittmueller Middle School / woodcarvers.webplus.net / 810-412-4350

OCTOBER 24-25: Sauder Village Carving Show / Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio / 800-590-9755

NOVEMBER 7-8: Fruitbelt Woodcarvers Carving Show / Cass County Fairgrounds, Cassopolis / 269-435-7245

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

 

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