Club Business News

Spring 2021

April 6th


Happy April, carvers!

It is exciting to announce that monthly carving sessions are resuming at the Paso Robles Pioneer History Museum, 2010 Riverside Avenue!  While sessions will routinely be scheduled on the second Saturday of each month, this first session in over a year will be held on Saturday, April 17.  Sessions begin at 1 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.   Participants are required to wear their masks while in the building, maintain appropriate social distancing, and clean up the workspace by the end of the session. 


We continue to await direction from the Catholic diocese before scheduling carving sessions at St Timothy’s Church in Morro Bay on Tuesdays.  We may eventually be allowed to meet indoors, or may have to set up outdoors, and will follow the church’s guidelines for gathering.  We will act as if none of us have had our vaccines and observe the necessary COVID precautions of wearing masks and keeping appropriately distant until otherwise directed by the state and county health department requirements.  Safety for all is imperative!


Pat Rygh has completed his gyrfalcon (photo)!  He invites all to participate in the gyrfalcon feather-counting contest, with the rules being to estimate the number of feathers Pat carved, submit your guess (one entry per carver) to before May 1, and await the results.  A most suitable prize will be awarded to the carver whose guess is closest to the actual number of feathers. 


Happy Birthday wishes this week to Diane Maiorano and Kate Osman!


Marsha Goss is happy that her butterfly/hummingbird garden is thriving despite the Central Valley winds. The Allen’s hummingbird drew a crowd of 175 (appointment made) people  to the house/property and all were able to see the bird.  Marsha continues to quilt, building up stock after donating to Hospice and to the police department for distribution to those needing comfort.


Dot Rygh is planting milkweed for her butterfly nursery.  Last year approximately 100 butterflies took wing from the Ryghs’ garden.  Dot recommends buying milkweed seedlings from a local nursery. is looking for photos and reports of milkweed and monarch sightings.


Scot Lang has made progress on his box.  It has a poplar base, walnut sides and a walnut and poplar top.  The bottom is tongue and groove fitted.  Scot made a square jig to hold the top while working on the bottom and sides.  He will install magnetic closures and hinges before beginning his carving and woodburning a Yosemite scene and quote.


Dave Johnson is starting to carve again after a long hiatus.  He is focusing his efforts on bird carving, following the Danish practice of whittling birds: “Snitte”.  Dave has carved an oriole and is implementing teachings from Pat Rygh as he adds to his carved bird collection.  Dave has a supply of green ashwood, blond with wide grain,  available if anyone would like blocks of it.  


Jim Cady continues to carve a cowboy, creating few chips, working on the finer details of the piece.


Carol Dwyer is happy to be  comfortably carving again, working on a cottonwood bark cabin, with doors and windows ajar.


Charlie Roberts is relief carving picture frames, incorporating some woodburning to the frames here and there.  He’s used a variety of woods, with the cedar wood darkening significantly when oil was applied.  Jeanie Roberts is painting pictures to fit the frames which will be given as much enjoyed and admired gifts. 


Kristen Bachman is carving a rooster from either ash or elm (she can’t remember) which came from pruned wood in her yard. She’s using a mallet and gouge for most of the project, with some knife work for the feathers (applying 50/50 water and alcohol for easier carving).  Not concerned about injuring herself when using the gouge and mallet, Kristen does use a lapboard when carving with a knife.


Melody Mullis wowed us with her completed woodburned view of the Tower Bridge in London and surrounding cityscape.  “It was a lot of work,” she said.


Tom and Laurie Wright have been woodworking in another form lately:  An inherited 30-ton ram logsplitter turns big logs into smaller pieces much more quickly and easily than using an axe, hammer and wedge. 


For those who have yet to send in your 2021 CCW member dues, you may do so by mailing $10 to Central Coast Woodcarvers P.O. Box 743 Morro Bay, CA 93442.


There is some light shining down this long COVID tunnel!  We hope to resume all of our regularly scheduled pre-March 2020 carving activities before too long.  We just must be patient a little bit longer……


Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarvers, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild.

March 31st

Hello Carvers!

Today is Cesar Chavez Day.  A big “thank you” to farmers and farm workers who feed us each and every day!

Twelve of us joined in on Google MEET yesterday for our weekly session. 


In hopeful anticipation of future events, Scot Lang is sending in our Liability Insurance forms to cover Central Coast Woodcarvers at St Timothy’s Catholic Church, Paso Robles Pioneer History Museum and the Cambria Veteran’s Hall for our Woodcarver’s Show.


It is still too early to determine if our Woodcarver’s Show, planned for September 18 and 19, 2021, will occur but it’s not too soon to get your pieces ready to show, sell, share, raffle or for judging.


St Timothy’s Catholic Church is awaiting direction from the Catholic diocese before permitting us to return to their annex for our weekly sessions.  County COVID regulations also apply.


Happy birthday greetings were extended to Larry Wade and Dave Osman.


Quotes of the Day from our carvers:

“Accidents happen in a split second.” Scot Lang

“Don’t wear loose clothing when working with power tools.” Larry Wade

“The right tool will get the job done right.” Gary Hensley

“Perfect Practice makes perfect.” Larry Wade

“Good enough is good enough.”  Larry Wade

“If you’re left handed you have to have the right tool.” Dave Patterson

“When you buy something from an artist, you have to pay the price.” Dave Patterson

“Think ‘finish’ before you start.” (ie how will you ship this piece once it’s finished) Larry Wade

“I exist, therefore I’m wrong.” Al Plasch


Scot Lang has made a wooden box, using walnut for the bottom, sides and frame of the top.  Poplar is set within the top frame.  With a Yosemite theme in mind, Scot will carve oak leaves and acorns on the sides, woodburn an Ansel Adams scene on the top and woodburn a notable quote on the inside of the top. Scot ordered nickel-plated hinges from Woodcraft for the top, which will open up 110 degrees.  Scot is quite happy with the tongue and groove work he did on the box. The piece has been commissioned by the wife of a friend, for the friend to store, among other things, the Scot Lang carved pistol grips (once attached to the friend’s pistols)


Jim Cady has been working on carving whale’s tails and has been hosting a weekly carving session (COVID precautions in place) for three female friends and family.    Jim is also working on carving a cowboy roughout he obtained from a batch of unfinished roughouts brought to a CCW session by Scot Lang, bought at an estate sale.  Jim picked up 5 or 6 roughouts from that collection and has completed carving most of them.  Scot reports that he has a few roughouts still available.


Tom Nickelson found a small oak burl on which to mount his completed trout.  He is keeping busy tying flies for the much anticipated upcoming flyfishing trip with his grandson.  Tom is the owner of 6 fly rods and 3 additional glass rods.


Gary Hensley finished and delivered the gun cabinet he’d been working on.  In its new space, it cleared the ceiling by I”! The recipient was thrilled to have it.  Gary will next be working on a Singer sewing machine project.


Larry Wade was especially glad to share word with our power carvers about the upcoming Roger Cook’s presentation on April 13 on power tools.  The videos for the presentation have been recorded, and Roger will narrate during the presentation.  Input from experienced power carvers is welcomed during the presentation.  Larry recently purchased a Master Carver power tool, which was highly recommended by several of our session’s attendees.  Larry is looking for suggestions of where, perhaps locally rather than through Fordham, to buy fuses for his Fordham tools.


Dave Patterson mentioned that one of Oakhurst Rendezvous’ master powercarvers, Jeff______, gave a class in Alaska on carving a moose head with antler, using Fordham and dremel tools.  From Jeff, Dave learned that using the reverse function of a Fordham greatly enables a left-handed person to carve.  Dave recommends purchasing a leather welder’s apron from Home Depot or similar store, to prevent injury and provide protection, especially when using power tools.  Tom Nickelson wears a leather glove on his non-carving hand to prevent injuries. 


Dot Rygh carved and painted both sides of a kachina figure.  She is weaving a dream catcher inside a ring cut from a gourd and will hang the kachina figure in the center of that piece.  Weaving the dream catcher is a fun project, she says.  Dot reports that the Rygh’s son, Mark, has made beautiful pieces of furniture from imported exotic wood.


Pat Rygh is working on the toes at the tip of his carved gyrfalcon’s talons.  He soaked the talons in crazy glue to harden them.  He might be completed with the project by the end of April, he says.    Al Plasch asked how Pat safely packages and transports/ships his carvings:  Pat separates the legs from the body.  Scot Lang noted that he has built custom boxes and bolted pieces within a box to ship. 

Other notable noise:

Upon mention of reversing a tool’s direction, many commented that this would also reduce the likelihood of getting face-pelted by flying wood chips and sawdust.  Scot Lang noted that he uses a pedal system for an ‘on-off’ switch for his router and other power tools, which eliminates the need to remove one hand from the tool to start and stop while using.


A warning was given not to use microfiber cloths (made from plastic) or steel wool when burnishing a piece on a lathe: these products can get very hot and can melt or burn!  Using old socks and/or paper bags to burnish were alternate suggestions made.


Carol Dwyer is wearing gardening gloves with latex palms and fingers to better grip her pieces.


Scot Lang mentioned that April is a good time to plant gourd seeds.  Sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around the plants to deter slugs, snails and earwigs.  Food quality DE should be available at your local hardware store.  Carol Dwyer suggested sprinkling DE also under planting pots, a likely place for voracious insects and snails to gather.  Warning: do not dispense DE on a windy day, avoid inhaling it; lungs and silica are not a compatible pairing.  Another suggestion for slugs and snails:  wet a newspaper, roll it into a tube and leave outdoors: it will attract snails and slugs.


April arrives tomorrow, friends!  May the month bring much to look forward to!

Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarvers, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild

March 23

Happy Spring, Carvers! 


Happy birthday this week to Kristen, Dave J & Carol!


While San Luis Obispo Country remains in the red tier for COVID, residents now <50 years of age can receive their vaccines.  We are moving towards gathering once again…

Scot Lang has a new 2HP router: “not the most expensive but hopefully will last long enough to complete my box project.”


Gary Hensley will soon finish up the shelves on the gun cabinet, to then be sent off to its new owner.


Jim Cady is starting to paint his carved mountain lion.  Yvonne Bailey showed us her critter cam videos of at least one mountain lion prowling her property.  Scot Lang mentioned that mountain lions are the USA’s largest feline predators, with a male’s territory averaging approximately 10 square miles, the female territory is approximately 6 square miles.


Carol Dwyer continues to work on her hair pin/hair stick, soon to begin woodburning it.


Marsha Goss reports that it is extremely windy in the delta at the moment.  Marsha has planted a butterfly garden and has been sewing quilts (photos) to donate to Hospice and to the police department.  Her quilting group has donated over 60 quilts to these organizations.  (As an aside, I am a former forensic nurse, having worked for the Suspected Abuse Response Team here in SLO County, and can’t say enough how grateful the victims were to receive handmade quilts from local quilters) Marsha has also been carving and painting wooden spools (photo)  Her son-in-law, an avid birdwatcher, caught sight of an Allen’s Hummingbird, a never before seen sight in Yolo County (though common here on the coast).  The news of this “Big Deal” sighting drew over 50 people to their property, cameras in hand, including professors from UC Davis. (photo)


Kristen Bachman showed us her carvings of a character in the round with dog, and the beginnings of a carved buddha, one or both out of freshly cut sycamore from a 90’ tree.  Kristen notes that the sycamore “carves like butter.” Kristen has also made jewelry out of sycamore.  Kristen has become an avid surfer, having surfed 65 times this winter: “a lot of fun!” Surfing is now tied with woodcarving as Kristen’s top two hobbies.


Notes on drying wood:  Kristen Bachman puts wood chips in a plastic grocery bag and stores her carved/in process carvings in that bag to retain moisture while the pieces slowly dries to keep from cracking.  It was suggested by Scot Lang that exterior latex paint, or wax, be applied to wood ends, or applying polyethylene glycol as well as keeping the wood off of the ground, to help keep the wood from splitting while drying.  Dot Rygh recently read about the product “Pentacryl”as a preservative and will give it a try.  Scot Lang also added these suggestions for greenwood: drill out center core to prevent tension buildup within the wood, or  chainsaw carvers might cut a flat side off of one side of a piece and cut through to the pith, to gently dry out a piece of wood.  He recommends, after carving,  to cut varnish with mineral spirits (10:1) to penetrate more readily into the wood.  Or seal all but one portion of the piece to allow for moisture release until the piece is completely dried.  Larry Wade mentioned, but cannot recommend due to risk of fire, drying pieces in a microwave. 


Cracked wood: Larry Wade mentioned a well-known Japanese carver’s practice of filling cracked wood with shims and splints of wood remnants, matching the grain with left-overs.  The carver drives wedges of wood into the piece then carves back to the surface.  Kristen Bachman mentioned that mixing sawdust with wood glue makes a good putty for filling cracks. 


Notes on sycamore trees/wood: Kristen Bachman mentioned that cities often plant sycamores as they are excellent air filters and the roots are not invasive.  The wood is very toxic, so precautions must be taken while sanding!  The spalting found in wood is a result of an infection within the tree, which triggers a chemical response by the tree to seal off the infection (usually fungal), says Scot Lang.


Dave Patterson informed us of The Alaska Woodturner’s Symposium, to be held virtually, on Zoom, on April 10 & 11, 8:30-5 p.m.  Three world-class woodturners will be presenting in 8 segments.  The recorded sessions will be available for 2-3 months on -line post presentation.  Cost is $40 for Alaska Woodcarvers members, $50 for non-members.  Visit for more information and to register.


Larry Wade spoke of Gig Lewis, a well-known Oregon carver who created a wooden toy program which has led to 10,000 wooden toys being made and given out.  Gig is not expected to live much longer: in his honor, a memorial plaque is being designed.  This led to a discussion about “Living Memorial Boxes” being made in honor of a particular carver.  The box could include the carver’s name and hold some of his/her favorite tools which could be loaned out to aspiring carvers.   Scot Lang mentioned that The CCW and CCG have loaner kits available for new carvers to borrow when first starting out. He wondered if perhaps he and Breck Smith could sew some “tool rolls”, as on the Woodisgood site, for loaner kits, which might include tools of past members.


California Carver’s Guild President, Gary Hensley, explained why members were still receiving hard copies of the log when email copies had been requested in lieu.  It is less expensive to mail a larger volume (200 + copies) of mail than a smaller volume, so in order to keep costs down hard copies are also being mailed.  CCG membership is significantly down this year.  All CCW members are encouraged to also join the CCG.


Our hour and a quarter MEET session ended with all encouraged about getting together again before too long!

Stay safe, keep hopeful, and log in next week if you’re able. 


Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarvers, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild

Melody Mullis reports that the Paso Robles Pioneer History Museum will be opening on March 25 for regularly scheduled hours: Thursdays through Sundays 1-4 p.m.   Melody and the  museum docents have been working hard on putting together new displays in addition to the many  interesting displays already in place. 


Jim Cady continues to work on his mountain lion.  Large, live,  wildlife members have been seen around Los Osos lately: a coyote recently walked by the Rygh’s window .


Breck Smith was spinning wool while we talked.  In addition to his many other artistic talents, Breck also knits and crochets!


 Photos of the Dale Green “Boomer” project that Yvonne Bailey is working on are attached.

Larry Wade was able to complete his carving of the hedgehog “comfort critter” in time for his daughter’s birthday.  He had success with soaking the hard wooden egg in a water and rubbing alcohol bath overnight, softening the wood enough to carve.  To dry the hard maple piece, Larry put it in the microwave, on the lowest setting, for 10 seconds at a time, repeatedly, until drying was complete.  He stood the piece on a metal rod and sanded it with increasingly finer grit using wet-dry sandpaper( 100 – 400 grit)  He finished it with poly, but would use shellac next time.  Larry learned that when using Fordham power tools, a leather glove would have offered much better protection than a cloth glove!

Larry has also been making router-based bowls out of African mahogany/Kaya, figured maple, and Oregon black walnut, in circular as well as yin-yang forms.  He reports this as a relatively simple project.  He applies 5 coats of finish to the pieces and buffs with Scotchbright finishing pads (1000 grit) between coats.

Larry recommends the book “Understanding Woodfinishing” by Bob Flexner.


Al Plasch noted that it is always a good idea to “finish before you start,” meaning plan your project out from beginning to end before ever starting: tools, shapes, techniques, supplies, finishes should be thought out.  Al talked about his technique of burnishing wood which closes up the wood fibers and solidifies a piece of wood  enabling a piece to be sanded extremely smooth.


Dot Rygh mentioned that many of our CCW carvers sand their pieces with 600 grit sandpaper before woodburning or carving, followed by using the paper from a brown paper bag to burnish the pieces when completed.  Carol Dwyer verified that she uses the brown paper bag technique on all of her barkcarvings.


We talked about the CCW’s club knifesharpener (currently stored and available for use in Tom Wright’s shop).  Jerry Graybill noted that the 3 wheel sharpener, made by Dave Dignam,  includes 2 different grits of sandpaper and a leather strop each on a  wheel.  The safety shield also serves as a knifehandle rest during sharpening.  The technique of marking the blade edge with a black marker to see where the blade has been polished/sharpened is recommended.  Jerry noted that most knives shouldn’t need actual sharpening with sandpaper very often, it is regular stropping that will keep the blades sharp. Keep the blade as flat as possible against the sandpaper or strop, and all the way to the edge, in order to sharpen rather than round the tip of the blade.  Having a cup of water at hand to cool the heated tip is recommended.


Laurie Wright collected some (sterilized) discarded dental tools at her latest dental appointment to use on future wood projects. 


Many of our carvers have reported receiving their COVID vaccines.  We are getting closer to being able to gather in person once again……


Enjoy these later daylight hours, Carvers!  We hope to be seeing each other soon,

Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarvers, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild

Greetings, Carvers,

Eighteen CCW members attended our hour-long March 9 MEET session.


Though we are still waiting for official word from San Luis Obispo County’s Health Department, recent news from the CDC was that groups of <50 persons, all who have completed their COVID vaccination regimen more than 2 weeks previously, may meet.  We will await word from the local Health Department, verify with St Timothy’s that we may meet in their annex, or plan to meet outdoors.  CCW protocols are being established and we are hoping that many of us may again meet before too long.


Belated birthday wishes were extended to Marsha Goss and Dave Patterson.


Scot Lang, AKA “The Tailor”, has been sewing up a storm in lieu of carving.  He continues to sew masks and is also sewing “coffee catchers”.


We welcomed back Ray Johnson who joined in after a long hiatus.  He has been turning pens lately.


Tom Nickelson placed eyes in his trout and has sprayed it with a clear finish.  Aside from his carving project he has been busy fly-tying soft tackle , size 10-19, from an old English pattern, for the much anticipated fishing trip with his grandson this coming summer. 


Jim Cady is making progress on his carved mountain lion.


Dot Rygh is finding that carving decoy birds is not her forte, as the bufflehead duck has been quite a challenge. We all do know, however,  that Dot CAN carve other forms of birds exceptionally well!


Pat Rygh has sprayed the carved granite rock for his gyrfalcon with stone paint found at the hardware store.  He’s used epoxy type dough for the bird’s legs.  His gyrfalcon is an impressive piece, sure to be a strong contender for the People’s Choice award at our next carving show.


Dick Marshall posted photos of his “contemporary antique” ducks on Facebook this past week, and allowed me to share here (photos).  “The bufflehead went to Texas.”


Charlie Roberts is working on carving and woodburning 8x10” and 24x16” picture frames.  Jeanie Roberts will paint a picture to fit in the frame(s).  Jeanie woodburns almost every day, working on pieces for the raffle give-aways for our next show.


Larry Wade has been soaking a hardwood egg overnight in a rubbing alcohol and water solution in hopes that it will be easier to carve than when just spraying it with the mixture.  He has 10 days to complete his “comfort care” piece.  He’s looking forward to carving some pear wood after having the fallen branches milled.


Yvonne Bailey became a member of the Woodcarving Academy, which offers free, monthly or annual memberships.  She has signed up for upcoming classes including carving a horse head as well as  carving a  smoking figure sitting on a gas can.  Her new border collie, along with her St Bernard, are active members of the family.

Carol Dwyer is carving a hairpin/hair stick out of manzanita.  She reports that it’s easy to sand, “nice and quick.”  Scot Lang shared that the yellow wood of the manzanita, beneath the bark, is the sapwood, and the dark purple center of the manzanita is the hardest.


We were reminded how important it is to check in with our friends who are sick, who have lost loved ones, who are lonely, who we miss.  Though it has been challenging to meet face-to-face this past year we are, thankfully,  able to keep in touch via phone, text, email, handwritten letters and cards, and virtually via ZOOM or MEET(among other virtual methods).


Please keep in touch.

We hope to see you next Tuesday at 10, if not before.

Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarver’s, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild

The year is March-ing on, Carvers….

Nineteen of us joined in on today’s CCW MEET session.

Scot Lang mentioned  hearing that there is “talk” of possibly soon allowing those who have been vaccinated to gather together in non-household groups of less than 50.  When gatherings are again permitted under those guidelines, the CCW hopes to be able to schedule regular in-person carving sessions for those that can show proof that they have been vaccinated.  San Luis Obispo County has just moved into the Red COVID Tier (  We continue to urge our carvers to stay safe, wear masks, wash hands, keep as socially distant as possible.  As Al Plasch reminded us today: Each of us is precious.”

Jim Cady is in process of carving a lion, a piece started years ago by Gail Ruda.


Scot Lang is hoping to construct, then carve, a jewelry box.  His current router and router table are insufficient for the miter locking bits that he has for the project.  Gary Hensley is pointing him in the right direction.

Scot informed us that his task of photographing gourd carving progression was thwarted by the microcard adapter being snatched up and rendered useless by little Springer.  New adapters are on order.


Gary Hensley showed us his Woodspirit carving.  He praised the Oregon Carver’s Guild (OCG) presentation by Terry Burnside for this project, noting that Terry’s  videos available on the OCG site were valuable in the process, and that the project has been a good learning experience.


Yvonne Bailey has been participating in carving classes given by Ryan Olsen and others.  Her collection of carved characters is growing!


Dot Rygh has finished the woodburning of the elephant calf between its mother’s legs (photo) Dot says the project was quite tedious and the result was not one of her favorites.  She continues to work on the bufflehead, trying to cross the primary feathers, which is a fun challenge, she says.


Pat Rygh has finished painting his gyrfalcon, Dot reported.  He is now designing the rock upon which it will stand.  He still has a few months to go before the total piece is completed.  He HAS counted the feathers on the gyrfalcon and will soon be ready to host the “Count The Feathers” contest.  (Tongue-in-cheek suggestions from today’s attendees: Pat should  count the (very many) feathers a second time just to be sure his count was correct and/or   Dot should count the feathers while Pat is asleep by dotting each counted feather with a black sharpieJ)  “There’s a lot of feathers on that bird”, attests Dot.


Al Plasch showed us his two carvings, one being carved with a backbent tool for the most precise carve.   He touts using “ the right tool for the right skill level.”  He voiced frustration with the challenge of cleaning up the wood fuzz and hanging bits on a finished piece. He’d like to have a clean piece without needing to use sandpaper. Scot Lang emphasized using a sharp tool to carve with will reduce the fuzz and bits.  Kristen Bachman finds it helpful to sand WITH the grain of the piece when finishing.


Larry Wade purchased rock maple (or the equivalent) eggs on Amazon to carve comfort creatures out of, for his daughter’s birthday in 3 weeks.  He made a handle to hold the eggs while carving, but is concerned about carving such hard wood with the proper power tools.  He is asking for recommendations: please email him with helpful suggestions.  (Dot and Pat Rygh have over 30 years’ experience with using power tools and have volunteered send him their recommendations.  Any other carvers have recommendations for Larry?)  He’s interested in what tools to use and the proper sequence of using them to carve.  Note the time sensitivity of this project.


Joe Peery  (from the CCG) found a carved piece at a garage sale in Sonora recently.  The piece was made in 1999 for a couple’s anniversary.  Joe will return the piece to the carver who is from the Napa area. Joe has been carving fish to hang on his wall.  Yvonne Bailey  volunteered to send patterns to him.


Gary Hensley was recently contacted by an individual in Pismo Beach who has an 8’ redwood stump that they would like carved into a standing bear.  If you are interested in discussing the project with this lady, or know of someone else who might be, please contact her at


Larry Wade received some Pacific Northwest gourd growing information from a gourd aficionado elsewhere in the states who noted that, in their experience, thin shelled gourds are typically the product of seeds from gourds that have been cross-pollinated,  freezing seeds before planting enhances growth, covering the ground that has been planted with black plastic will  warm the soil and encourage plant growth.

Larry Wade gave a review of the ChipChat presentation and gave a history of the magazine.  It once had 55,000 subscribers (at $20 per subscription),  currently stands at 5,000 subscribers.  Larry has agreed to assist in promoting and improving the ChitChat, which benefits carvers and carving organizations throughout the U.S, helping them survive and thrive

Please see Larry’s attached newsletter from the Oregon Carver’s Guild which lists upcoming free classes for all carvers, including those in the CCW.  Presentations are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.  Next weeks’ presentation will be given by a carver/sculptor/blacksmith.


Strive to care for and about others near and far.   Keep safe and be kind. Make friends and make memories.

Laurie Wright, 2021 Secretary

Central Coast Woodcarvers, Chapter 7 of the California Carver’s Guild

Happy St Patrick’s Day, Carvers!

Thirteen of us met via Google MEET yesterday, March 16th.  We were especially glad to have Jerry Graybill join in.


Pat Graybill’s service will be this coming Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at St Timothy’s Church.  Pat and Jerry’s grandson will be videoing the service and will post it on-line for future viewing.  Our thoughts continue to be with the Graybill family.


Gary Hensley is reworking a 100 year old black walnut Secretary’s desk into a gun cabinet for storing 7 rifles. (photo)  He added the top 9 “ to the piece and was able to match the stain perfectly.  He applied a polycrylic finish.