The Central Minnesota Woodcarvers Association
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 and Lee Eisenschenk with hospice representative.
One hundred sixty five crosses were donated.
Pam Witte Lee Eisenschenk