Archive for October, 2009

*Two Days After the Sauder Village Show


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Bill Hamon

Well, we had another wonderful weekend at the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in Archbold, OH.  If you read a recent posting here about “Two Days Before the Sauder Woodcarving Show“, you can tie this one into my remarks about this being our last year to go there and the reasons. Well, I didn’t expect the reaction from the other carvers, Sauder Village Heritage Inn staff and a few others. We’re a little confused and flattered about it all at this point. We had the opportunity to spend a little quality “face time” with our friend Jan Nofziger Special events Coordinator, who is retiring in a few months. We had the same opportunity with her replacement in her job, Dawn Hauter.  My assessment (but who’s asking) is that Jan was/is wonderful and has earned her promotion in status to being simply “our very good friend”!   Guess what!  I see similar qualities at this early stage in Dawn.  This reality as well, has added to our confusion about skipping this, our favorite show, next year.  So, I’ve been at my computer today re-scheduling the Calendar of Events and the Schedule of 2010 Shows we’ll be in to include this one next October (can you believe, on Halloween?).  Not to certifiably confirm (redundant?) that we’ll be there; however, if we do decide to go, as I just said on the phone to Dawn, I don’t want my own calendar comittments to keep us from being able to go.  As usual, the best collection of “Bird Carvers” were there. A big plus for us to even associate with such accomplished artists. We were glad to see John Broughton visiting the Show.  Although he lives in Northern Kentucky, he’s a bright star in the Cincinnati Woodcarver’s Guild; past President and many-times Show Chairman.  he’s been a good friend to us and has promoted our classes in the past.   A few of our students made the trip as well, just to see what we’ve made all this fuss about. I know that they were impressed with Archbold’s Sauder Village Show. Sam Hudson and his wife Judy and George Goard, who actually came up on his motorcycle. Both of these men continue to impress me as they pursue bird-carving. We were able to share the Sunday Continental Breakfast with Sam and Judy.  So, back into our normal routine with Thursday’s Carve-In. These will continue through December 17th.  That’s when our Winter Hiatus really kicks in until next Spring, 2010. I have more to say about the Sauter Weekend but, maybe on another day very soon.

Happy birding and carving,   Bill
 
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*U.S.M.C. 2009 Birthday Message


 

 

 

Semper Fidelius

Semper Fidelius

e4_chevronCpl. Hamon, William A. U.S.M.C. 1956-1960, S-2 Scout, 2d Bn., 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, F.M.F.

*Two Days Before the Sauder Village Show


Bill & June Hamon

Bill & June Hamon

Today is Thursday and it’s a “Dilly”!  Firstly, I take our little white 9lb Poodle Davidson to the Groomer for his “Fall Do” at 10 a.m.  June’s setting-up to complete her stab at painting several American Avocet “stick-decoys” we need to take to the show.

American Avocet Shorebird Stick-Decoy

American Avocet Shorebird Stick-Decoy

The show is the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in Archbold, OH. this is to be our 5th and Final visit there.  This is probably our favorite of the five shows we do each year.  Lots of reasons for that and we may touch on them more in the days to come. We do know that a huge reason is their Special Events Coordinator, Jan Nofziger. She’s great and will be missed. This is her last show too. She’s retiring as of Dec. 10th. Our reason for it being our last show is that we’ve decided to “cut-back” here and there by omitting the “overniters” from our show-list.  June’s quitting her employment at the end of this year and we’re trimming the sails, so to speak.   So, I’ll be packing our bird-Carving Exhibit and stowing it in the Nissan for our trip tomorrow.  I’ll also be going after Davidson and bringing him home to show him off to our Carvers at 3 p.m. today. We are still having our Thursday Carve-Ins thru Dec. 17th.  Carvers will be carving whatever they wish to carve, getting caught-up, getting-ahead; whatever!

 

 

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

 

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*Recap: Left-Behind Carving Projects at Hand


Bill Hamon

Bill Hamon

I find that teaching woodcarving  is both a distraction and a stimulus to my own personal carving projects.  In that respect, I might not even be carving as much as I am now; or, maybe even more, if I weren’t teaching!  Anyway, I always seem to have a number of “left-behind” projects on my benches and on my shelves.  On the “up-side”, I’m probably a better-carver when I eventually get around to the finishing of a  “left-behind” project when it’s later than when it’s sooner. I do know that I believe that teaching has kept me carving for more than several decades; otherwise, who can say. So, let’s get to the topic at hand of my “stack” of unfinished projects, in my idea of their order of priority,  as of today:

 

  1. Bob-white Quail   F/S
  2. Eastern Bluebird  F/S
  3. Red-headed Woodpecker  F/S  (in planning stage for 2010)
  4. Red-tailed Hawk  F/S
  5. Green-backed Heron  F/S  (in planning stage for 2010) 
  6. Great Horned Owl  1/2 Sz  (in planning stage for 2010)
  7. Great Horned Owl F/S  this one is on this blog under “Bill’s Special Projects” category.

Make  no mistake about it, my shelves are crowded with a lot more in my “started-stack” than just these listed above.

Let’s see how the above evolve over the winter & beyond, starting “now”! 

 

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

 

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*Our Winter Season is Nearly Upon Us


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Well, we’ve just unpacked from the show in Cincinnati. Two-weekends from now, we’ll be in Archbold, OH for the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show. That’ll be a bittersweet show for us for several reasons; our good friend, Jan Nofziger, Special Events Coordinator for Sauder Village, is retiring as of Dec. 1oth. She’s a “big” reason we love that show so much. The second reason for our blue mood, is that we’ve decided that this will be our last exhibition at this show. We’ve decided to cut-back on our more remote trips to shows and the “over-nighters”! June’s just celebrated her  birthday and just yesterday, informed her boss that she’ll finally retire after more than 20 years with the company. Their loss is our gain! She’ll miss her friends and working very much. Two weeks following the Sauder Village Show is our last show of the year in Dayton, OH’s “Artistry-in-Wood”. Although, our final scheduled 2009 Saturday Morning Class has passed, we are continuing to offer our (free) Thursday Carve-Ins through Dec. 17th. Following that date, we consider ourselves free to commence our “Winter Sabatical”. Remember, we always enjoy hearing from all of you. Best wishes to you until we see each other next year. We always “Kick-Off” our Carving Year at the Middletown Woodcarving Show, the first weekend of each year and, our Spring Classes commence the week following that Show. If you are on our mailing list, you can expect our E-Mail announcing our first class around the second week of February, 2010. Nuff said!

Happy birding and carving, Bill

  

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*Sea Eagle vs. Sea Snake


 

 

 

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

 

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*The 2009 Cincinnati Woodcarver’s Show is a Success


Cincinnati Show 2009    I believe this was the 3rd year that the Cincinnati Carver’s Guild has held it’s Woodcarving Show at the Joy Community Church on North Bend Road.  It’s been a good venue.  The church’s volunteers make the experience a very good one for the carver’s and for the paying public.  Show chairman John Broughton and his able crew also do a great job of running a “Carver-Friendly” show. We’re glad to be included.  As per-usual, we saw a “gaggle” of our students pass through.  We love to see them. This year was a bit different for us than ever before.  The difference this year was that we invited friend Larry Long to share a corner of our table with us to display his excellent Bald Eagle carving. He also brought along his array of beautiful mechanical pens and pencils that he has crafted from a variety of exotic woods. We did this because Larry consulted with us on his Eagle project.  He wished to try-out woodcarving and to end up owning an Eagle woodcarving to display in his home (I have one for sale Larry!) . In case you don’t ever get to see it on his mantel, here is a picture of it. 
Bald Eagle by Larry Long

Bald Eagle by Larry Long

This is the “only” carving that Larry has ever done.  He’s a “real” talent. Now, he’s both an excellent woodworker and woodcarver. Let’s hope he carves again.  Best of Show went to Sandy Czajka with a new tropical bird. She also took the Blue in Songbirds with her Warblers pair. We took 2d & 3rd place with our Mountain Bluebird and our White-breasted Nuthatch. ; so, it was a good show for us too. Sandy is a real talent and a classy lady. She was one of only three exhibitors who didn’t start packing-up their exhibits too early (one of our own “pet-peeves!). Walt Thompson and us were the only others who waited patiently for the final second to pack-up. Notice please that we were all three “bird-carvers”; I’m just sayin’….We hope to be back in Cincy next year and to do it all over again, hopefully with a few more and better birds of our own.  In two weeks, we’ll be back, probably  for the last time, at the Sauder Village Show in Archbold, OH. We love that show, but we’re considering excluding “over-nighters” from our future Show Schedules.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill
 
 
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