Archive for January, 2009

Biding My Time in this Winter Freeze


50d3db31It’s way too cold to warm-up the shop and carve! I actually need to finish-up those (12) American Avocet Stick-Decoys before we head ‘south in a few weeks. June needs to paint them so we will have the door-prize we have promised for the Carver’s Banquet at the Middletown Woodcarving Show, the first weekend of March. This is the fourth year for the Stick-Decoys; a different species each year. Our personal collection includes the Killdeer, Golden Plover, Sanderling and soon, the Avocet. for several decades, we’ve declined requests by Woodcarving Shows at every Show to “donate” a carving for their “Silent Auctions” or for a Carver’s Banquet Door-prize because they simply cost too much to give away. Then, several years ago at the Cincinnati Woodcarver’s Show, June bought raffle tickets, won a beautiful Rainbow Trout carving by World Class Carver, Bob Hawkins. Bob had the generosity to donate this wonderful carving to be raffled off. Although I’m not as generous as he, I’ve contemplated the issues and came up with the Stick Decoy idea. It doesn’t hurt as much to give away a $50.00 carving (yes, some of these have sold for that amount!) as a $200-300.00 carving. I actually told Bob that his fish was now for sale for $800.00. He chuckled a bit-confusedly. We restrict these donations to being door-prizes to be won by carvers at the banquets we attend. We get a little thrill when a Stick-Decoy is given to one of our carving friends at each banquet that we attend. I was kind of glad today when my friend Zane suggested on the phone that he’d bring “food” over at noon. We normally have lunch somewhere once a week. That practice was born many years ago when I was still a banker and he, a customer, friend and a CPA. The conflict is, that since retiring, my pact with Mother Nature is that I’m not very likely to venture out if the weather doesn’t cooperate to allow the top on my Miata Sportscar to remain “down”. That goes “double” in the winter! So, we did enjoy the Arby’s Market Fresh Sandwiches that Zane picked-up on the way over here today. This weather is definitely not cooperating. Snow everywhere and twice as much more is on the way. Can’t carve in this cold and won’t watch TV during the day-time! June’s still at work so, here I sit, blogging my heart out to you. Not complaining! Retirement is a true blessing.

Happy birding and carving, Bill

Bill’s Looking for Back Issues of Chip Chats Magazine


I’ve been carving and teaching bird-carving since 1988. As a member of the NWCA, I’ve saved all of my issues of Chip Chats Magazine. Somehow, I don’t have them all at this time and am searching now for the “lost-issues”. Hopefully, some kind person will check on their own stash of these to determine if they have any or all of these and are willing to part with them. If so, please be in touch via this blog or otherwise.

Here’s my “wanted” list. It has just been “edited” on Mon. 1/26/09 due to a response from Cathy at Chip Chat’s (NWCA). she is sending 6 of my needed issues, leaving the following amended list that I’m still looking for. :

1986 Nov-Dec
1986 Jul-Aug
1986 May-Jun   
1989 May-June
1994  Mar-Apr  
1999  Nov-Dec  
 

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

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Notice of this week’s Carve-In and other Information from Hamonhaus


Hi Fellow Hamonhaus Woodcarvers:

BBRrrr….Hope you’re farin’ well in this Winter Wonderland. We are! I’ve been busy lately carving out the dozen shorebird decoys for 2009. I’ve also just completed carving the White-breasted Nuthatch I started during my two-day “Work-Shop” with Bob Guge last fall. The Nuthatch and the dozen decoys are soon to be passed-off to the “Paint Department” (remember her?). We’ll donate the decoys as door-prizes at Carver’s Banquets that we attend throughout the year. We think it’s neat that “carving friends” end up with them in the end. This is the fourth in this annual series. All we retain is one for each year for our own collection (2009 = #4).
We broke with tradition this winter and have continued to offer Carve-Ins on Saturday mornings as long as is possible before taking our customary two-weeks in Florida in February. This week’s Carve-In is hereby “Cancelled” due to the COLD weather. The only two remaining Saturday Carve-Ins are still scheduled on Sat. 1/24 & 1/31, 10a.m. – 1 p.m.

Carve-Ins will resume on a different weekday and time on on Wed. 4-6p.m., March 11, 2009. They will normally run during weeks that Sat. Classes are in session. Keep in touch with our Calendar of Events for changes, additions and deletions. Go to this link for the calendar (suggested bookmarks): http://pub43.bravenet.com/calendar/show.php?usernum=3638749903 or to our Blog: http://hamonhaus.bravejournal.com/ . Carvers, including those who participate in our Portfolio Albums, can access those photos these through the Blog., as well.

Our New “Carving” years each kick-off with the mailing of notice/enrollment for our “Spring” classes. This year, please watch for the e-mail to go out around 2/6/09, as we leave for Florida. I may be reached via cell at 937-344-0091 with any questions. Early responses are appreciated to allow for us to prepare for your project in when we return from Florida. That class will commence the Saturday following the Middletown Woodcarving Show, which is on Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8, 2009. I’ve agreed to be a Judge in that show. All Classes and sessions are presently “Current” on the Calendar for the 2009 Calendar at this time for your reference and information.

We hope your new year is filled with Wildfowl Woodcarving (what else!).

  
Happy carving & birding, Bill

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Greetings from das Hamonhaus

Bill & June We are Bill & June Hamon, Wildfowl Artists, currently living, teaching and practicing our art together in Centerville, Ohio. I am the Woodcarver and June is the Painter of the carvings. I teach the carving and she, the painting of the carvings, for over 20 years. This blog is primarily intended to be a resource and service to the Hamonhaus Carvers who are our current and former students. We hope you will visit this blog to observe up-dates in the future. Please review the various pages  and feel free to comment on them as you may wish to do. Questions are always welcome.

Happy birding and carving,

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