Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Woodcarvers Week--Tuesday

North Ranch Escapees Park
Congress, Arizona
Site 97

Bill and I walked over to the activity center for the ice cream social and were pleasantly surprised to see Denny and Susie Orr and Marilyn and Larry Forbes.  The surprise didn't end there, Jerry Anderson was serving the ice cream.  Didn't have my phone or camera again so sorry, no photos.

I finished my turtle yesterday and started a chuckwagon.  The transfer paper was defective and I didn't find that out until I pulled the paper off.  Oh no, you mean I have to do it all over again.  

I redid the transfer of the pattern this morning.  I burned a little bit, but was just discouraged.  I couldn't seem to get enthused about it.  I finally went over to the relief carving.  I picked out a pattern, and got started.  I am left handed and not what you'd call coordinated.  Bill can't stand to watch me hold a knife in the kitchen.  He always peels the potatoes and stuff.  He says I just look awkward with a knife.  

The instructors here are so patient.  It doesn't seem to bother them, that not all of us have talent.  I almost joined the purple heart club, but mine was only a prick and I covered it up with a bandaid before anyone saw it.  

Bill on the other hand is doing great despite his back giving him a lot of pain.  He is still carving faces in golf balls.  
I finally took a picture of a chain-saw horse statue that came from the rodeo in Billings, Montana.  It was outside a business in Wickenburg and was damaged.  The woodcarvers here at North Ranch are carving and repairing the head for the business.  
The media has had lots of stories about this.  They have done a great job of making it look like it used to.  

I'm still trying to decide what to do tomorrow--my relief carving or pyrography.  Of course, there are lot's of other different types of carving I could do, or maybe another lariat bowl.  I guess I'll decide in the morning.  

Kelly Gunn lent us a TENS machine to try on Bill's back and then Walt came to the rescue late today, when Bill had a misplaced hearing aid.  

Ray and Cindy Warner are here.  Ray has stopped down to check on the progress of our projects.  Jim and Deb were here last year, and we haven't seen them since.  They are both very talented.  

JoAnn and Jerry Anderson stopped to tell us they will be attending the Escapees Chapter 45 picnic.  

Lois Boose is here and she said she'd help me see if I liked beading.  You just can't go to a SKP park without knowing someone.  

Next year the dates for Woodcarvers workshop is March 19-26.  If you are interested in attending their g-mail is woodcarversonwheels@gmail.com or you can phone 510-414-6680.  As they say, they specialize in beginners.  You can start by 8:15 and it ends everyday at 4 pm.  People come and go, so it's not real rigid.

Turtle Safely......

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