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Join us at the next meeting of the 2013-2014 season
How to get a razor edge on your carving tools

 by Ev Ellenwood

Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00am to 11:00am

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 6 Business & Training Center
1470 Industrial Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55903

Use a dull tool - the wood will control you
Use a sharp tool - you control the wood

Sharp carving tools will easily flow through wood leaving a smooth shiny surface where they cut.

In this presentation I will talk about the pros and cons of various sharpening stones, then demonstrate how I sharpen:
- Carving Knives
- Chisels
- Gouges
- "V" Tools
- Micro tools

I will then end the session with a special offer...

Ev has been woodcarving for about 50 years, and has been sharing his knowledge as a carving instructor and author for over 30 years. He is an award winning career who enjoys many styles of carving but specializes in carving realistic human faces. Some of his carvings have won "Best of Show" awards with many of his carvings being published in Chip Chats Magazine, Woodcarving Illustrated and Carving Magazine.

For a number of years he did commission carving and restoration carving. He has many items throughout the United States and some foreign countries.

He has created and produced two very popular videos; "Sharpening Simplified" and "Beginning Woodcarving", both of which are in countries all around the world. He has also written two books which are published by Fox Chapel Publishing. His 275 page book "The Complete Book of Woodcarving" is in its 6th printing and has recently been translated into Chinese. His "Kids Craft Woodcarving" which has been translated into German, has now been expanded and renamed "Woodcarving Techniques & Projects For The First Time Carver. Ev has also written a number of articles for Carving Magazine and Woodcarving Illustrated.

Ev now travels throughout the United States teaching and giving seminars on carving and sharpening.

Please invite your spouse, family, friends and neighbors - visitors are always welcome!

Remember to bring your carvings for "Show and Tell" and your library books to exchange for new ideas!

Click here to find more details about the monthly meeting and a map to the location.

2014 Rochester Woodcarvers 38th Annual Show
March 22-23, 2014
(now complete!)
Visit the Annual Show page for all the details!

Plan now to attend the next show!

28th Annual Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees

November 27 - December 1, 2013
Mayo Civic Center - Exhibit Hall
Rochester, MN

The Rochester Woodcarvers Club prepared "The Old Country Church" as a raffle item for this year's Festival of Trees.

Check out all the details on our Festival of Trees page!

Your review of changes to Club Constitution/Bylaws

Club board member Tim Melin has been working hard to coordinate an officer/board revision of the Club Constitution/Bylaws to reduce the time and personal commitment that members make to be a president/vice-president of the club. You can find an outline of the proposed changes and a version of the proposed Club Constitution/Bylaws here:

If you have any questions/comments about the changes, please send a note to or talk with Tim before or during the next meeting.

Web site updates
08/27/2014 - added Ev Ellenwood's September meeting topic
08/01/2014 - added Kathy Ward's August presentation and Fall 2014 community education classes
05/07/2014 - changed May meeting starting location to church sanctuary
05/05/2014 - added May meeting topic
04/08/2014 - added 2014 Rochester Woodcarvers Show photos
03/17/2014 - added Rebecca Hanna's preliminary information and restructured the home page for the annual show
02/24/2014 - added Terry Johnson's March presentation
01/23/2014 - added Ben Manor presentation information
01/07/2014 - added Winter 2014 Community Education classes
12/14/2013 - added January meeting topic
12/11/2013 - added raffle tree ticket results to FOT page
12/04/2013 - updating 2013 Festival of Trees display and drawing photos
11/22/2013 - adding more info about the Festival of Trees
11/13/2013 - added Marty Leenhouts as November meeting speaker
10/21/2013 - added Festival of Trees raffle ticket poster, Rhadigan class photos and Constitution/Bylaws update
10/17/2013 - update club meeting info
09/06/2013 - monthly club meeting updates, class schedule and officer list updates
06/20/2013 - updated home page for "on break", new Festival of Trees photos, preparing meeting schedule, beginner class photos
05/04/2013 - update for May club meeting and new Festival of Trees project
04/18/2013 - added new photos of Festival of Trees project
04/05/2013 - added new photos of Festival of Trees project
04/04/2013 - added 2013 Annual Show photos, Festival of Trees update, and January class photos
03/29/2013 - added Dave Daniel's April speaker meeting info
02/27/2013 - added 2013 Festival of Trees project info/photos
02/27/2013 - added March club meeting info for Bill Stark
01/31/2013 - added February club meeting for Ben Manor
01/11/2013 - updated the Local Classes link with two Community Education classes
01/07/2013 - added Harley Refsal's presentation info for January club meeting
11/26/2012 - added updates from drawing for 2012 Festival of Trees
11/19/2012 - added 2012 Festival of Trees photos from Mayo Civic Center
11/18/2012 - updated the home page for December's Christmas Party and Festival of Trees video
11/09/2012 - updated the home page for Lori Murray's November meeting presentation
10/04/2012 - updated the home page for Terry Brugger's October meeting presentation
09/29/2012 - added new photos of the Festival of Trees project to the Festival page
09/07/2012 - added Festival of Trees update, September meeting details, annual show advertising info and other details
08/26/2012 - added Fall 2012 Rochester Community Education classes on "Local Classes" page
05/27/2012 - update for summer break, schedule for next club meetings and added bark carving class photos
04/27/2012 - added 2012 Festival of Trees photo updates - now with the family and furniture!
04/26/2012 - added Howie Wilson's notes from Denise's presentation to Meetings page
04/23/2012 - update for May meeting and added Denise's Painting Outline file to Meetings page
04/11/2012 - transferred web site domain name from Microsoft to Melbourne IT
04/11/2012 - new web site update completed
04/09/2012 - new home page completed
04/06/2012 - started rebuild of web site in new format