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The Central Minnesota Woodcarvers Association


The club meets from Sept thru May on the 3rd Monday evening of the month at 7:00 pm at the Whitney Senior Center on Northway Drive. (except Jan & Feb - alternate dates are selected due to the holiday and the center being closed. The alternate days are generally the third Tuesday at the same time. Contact the senior center at (320) 255-7245 to confirm) The senior center is located at 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Park on the west side (YMCA side) and enter through the classroom doors.



We have an extensive club library. Members can check out materials to use on their own time. There are many carving books, magazines, DVD’s, study sticks and reference books shared by all of us.


On Tuesday mornings, club member Ken Ramler teaches carving at the senior center. People are encouraged to take a class or club members and visitors can “sit in” and carve, observe and/or just visit. If you’re interested contact any of the officers listed above for class information and costs associated or just stop in any Tuesday morning and check it out.




HOW DID WE GET STARTED?



Back in 1975, some individuals had gathered for a carving class taught by Rick Zawicki. After much discussion and at the urging of Toots Zabinski, the group decided that they would like to form a club for like-minded individuals in the area to gather and carve.


The group chose the name, "Central Minnesota Woodcarvers." Bob Rosenberg was elected the first president. The group chose Floyd Ross's design for its club logo. The membership has grown and changed throughout the years.



This project was designed and completed by members of The Central Minnesota WoodCarvers Association. It is a beautiful pictorial history of the St Cloud Area "Then and Now". This piece, beautifully done in the “relief” style of carving, is 32 separate blocks of basswood. Members took a block and carved what was designed for the piece. Blocks then received a finish and placed into the quilt frame for display. A topper was also carved. This piece is a tribute to the members, the community and the art of relief carving


A "Must See" if you are in the area. This is on permanent display at the Whitney Senior Center, St Cloud MN.


Sno-Daze



Green Lake Bible Camp
9916 Lake Ave. S.
Spicer, MN 56288


Sno-Daze is the only winter woodcarving workshop in the state and is now in its 21st year. It is an all-inclusive 2 ½ workshop meaning meals, sleeping facilities and classes are all held in the same facility. No need to go out for the weekend. The camp boasts beautiful views of Green Lake that hosts a number of organized activities on the lake including the building of the ice castle, the ice boat regatta and of course ice fishing.



PREVIOUS CLASS PROJECTS AND INSTRUCTORS

Marty Dolphens bark carving. Marty also does seamen, santas, native americans and mountain men.

Bob Lawrence does feathers



Mary Kimball wood burns and colors a cardinal



Lee Eisenschenk does butternut loons

P.J. Driscoll and his little bear busts. He also does Indians, firemen, hunters and cowboys.

The ladies do fiber arts under the watchful eye of Marion.

CARVERS MAKE CANES TO HONOR MILITARY VETERANS

The Patriot Cane Memorial Project creates walking sticks for wounded servicemen.

The act of giving canes to wounded servicemen is a tradition that has its roots in the Civil War, and it is one that remains powerfully affecting today.

Each cane is unique. The carver who takes on the responsibility of a cane only need follow a few specific details and has some “artistic license” in the completion of a cane. The eagle head is whittled separately from the rest of the cane, while the shaft shows the history of the individual veteran’s service to his country, including details about their service branch, awards earned, medals and the flag.


The project was originally started by the Eastern Oklahoma WoodCarving Association in 2004. It has since spread to clubs throughout the United States. The Central Minnesota Woodcarvers became involved in the project in 2014 by who had taken on the project but was having health issues that was preventing him from continuing on. Club member,
Curt Hutchens spends much of his time carving wood and helping veterans. He seized the opportunity to lead the club in this project that brings together both pursuits.

This service is free because the volunteers involved in creating these memorial gifts believe the veterans deserve our gratitude and recognition. Eagle head blanks are supplied by Ken Ramler. Staffs are turned and supplied by the Central Minnesota Woodturners Association. Supplies are provided by the Central Minnesota Woodcarvers Association. Engraving has been donated by Joel Laudenbach, owner of Northstar Printing and Engraving of St. Augusta. The donations we receive from people and organizations who believe in thanking veterans are greatly appreciated. If you would like to apply for a cane or donate to the cause, you may contact Curt at 320-339-0041.



"A vet has never asked for one," Hutchins told the St. Cloud Times. "It's usually a friend or a relative or a spouse who wants to surprise them.

"But when you see their faces when they see they are being honored and rewarded, you'll never forget it."

The canes are not necessarily sturdy enough for daily use, but are meaningful to the veterans who receive them. "They're symbolic, like a plaque," Hutchens said.

Dan Joyce, another wood carver and a board member at American Legion Post 76, said he has found the gifts tend to make veterans open up. He said when he has handed over the cane to a veteran and begun talking to them about their experience, they often start telling stories that even their spouses, standing right next to them have never heard.

"They're being recognized, so they're finally opening up in a positive way," Hutchens said. "And every one of these guys has an incredible story."

CENTRAL MINNESOTA WOODCARVERS PROJECT GALLERY

CLOWN CARVING CONTEST

Janette Trobec 1st, Daryl Cameron 2nd Pam Witte 3rd

Bill McConnell Al Gerads

Alex Neussendorfer Pam Witte







Pam Witte







Pam Witte and Lee Eisenschenk with hospice representative.

One hundred sixty five crosses were donated.

Pam Witte Lee Eisenschenk



Pam Witte








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