Welcome to the May/June 2001 issue
of the Woodc@rver Online Magazine.
Friends in Wood -
Spring is upon us,
with summer not far behind (at least for our readers in the Northern
Hemisphere.) That means all those summer distractions are also
at hand - yard work, graduation and open houses, weddings, vacations.
For all but the truly obsessed, those things really tend to cut
into our bench time.
So how does one
keep on carving with all that spring and summer stuff going on?
- Take a good pocket knife everywhere and use
that spare moment to do a little carving (Caution - carving at
a wedding or graduation tends to be frowned upon.)
- Take tools and lumber along on vacation ("Honest
Honey, there's room for the band saw in the camper!")
- Encourage you club to continue to meet during
the summer, perhaps on a reduced schedule.
- Participate in a W3Exchange program, or start
an exchange in your club.
- If your work conditions permit, carve on
your lunch time or breaks - or offer a free lunch time class.
(In his younger days, Tom Wolfe used to carve in the cab of an
overhead crane during idle moments.)
- Check with your local Boy or Girl Scout Council
about teaching carving at summer camp.
- Attend one of the many carving "camps"
during spring and summer. Many charge a fee, but some are free,
with quality teachers volunteering their time.
- Wait with great anticipation for the July/August
issue of WOM, which will be out around July 4th.
If you have other great ideas, please share
with the rest of us. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll post the best ideas at The Carver's Companion web site.
Above all, Friends in Wood - Carve On!
This issue is
once again packed with all kinds of interesting articles, including:
- Report from the 21st Metro Carvers Show
- On Teaching
by Mike Bloomquist
- "Ol' Don" Burgdorf's pattern
- A Chain Sawin' Bear
- Pete LeClair's friend Montana
comes to visit
- Loren Woodard's Notes From The Net
- Kathleen Menendez's Pyrography series
Once again I'd like to thank all those who helped with this issue
of WOM, and if you, the readers, have comments, suggestion or
ideas for future articles, I'd be very happy to receive them all.
Just email me at Editor@carverscompanion.com.
Matt Kelley, Editor