The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 26
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 8, 2001
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fl4 SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Carve / Skills honed over years T DECOR FROM PAGE D1 • Full Round, where the entire piece of wood is shaped and carved (usually into figurines or statuettes). The group also learned that bass wood, in general, was the easiest type of wood to carve. Before starting a project, members usually take an unfinished cut of wood, called a "blank," and cut out a general shape on a handsaw. "Then we begin sketching and carving and gouging out the features we want," said Lindsborg resident Leah Rasmussen-Russell, 63, who has been a member of the group for nearly five years. "We tend to work from a lot a premade patterns and cut the blanks based on those." A plethora of tools and knives are used to carve everything from Santa Clauses to sunflowers. These include carving knives, small detail knives and gouging tools in "u" and "v" shapes. While almost everyone in the group is working on a Santa Claus or two for grandchildren or other family members, each member carves patterns unique to their individual creative tastes. Rasmussen-Russell specializes in sunflowers, wheat pat- t;erns and wooden jewelry She also likes what she called "character carving," often humorous figurines that range from a deep-sea fisherman to a screeching University of Kansas Jayhawk. Larson also is an expert at character figurines. Her creations include a scrawny hillbilly holding a jug of moonshine, two sad-faced basset hounds, a cow dragging a farmer through a barbed wirei fence (with an inscription below that reads 'farming ain't for sissies') and a Deering tractor with a likeness of her husband sitting at the wheel, waving his International Harvester cap. Larson said she began carv- T EDUCATION "Some old people can't get around much, but they have no trouble sitting around and whittling. Nobody likes to miss a Tuesday. They really love it here." Edna Larson founder of Smoky Valley Wood Chippers ing her husband and his tractor two years ago at the request of her son. "My husband was a farmer, and he passed away in 1994," she said. "My son wanted this carved as a tribute to him. It wasn't that hard to do, but it took me about a year to figure out how to make the fenders." Teaching techniques Fred Williamson, 69, Lyons, started carving in 1990 and now finds himself teaching carving techniques to the Smoky Hill Wood Chippers and to seniors at Hutchinson. "When I started, I never thought I'd be teaching," he said with a booming laugh, stroking his long, white beard. "Wood carving has really grown over the years. There were not many instructors when I started, and now they're all over the country "You always learn by watching others carve, and I learn a lot from those I teach. I'm convinced anyone can learn to carve if they want." Williamson most enjoys carving Indians and mountain men, but Santa Clauses are his mainstay He figures he carves about 50 to 75 Santas a year. "I get tired of carving them, but they pay the bills," he said. Williamson sells his carvings exclusively through word of mouth, not at shows and exhibitions "because I don't want this to be work, I want it to be fun," he said. Williamson cuts wood patterns on the handsaw for other members of the group, and he periodically brings them truckloads of fresh wood, much of which is gathered in the two to three weeks he spends each year carving in Colorado. Included in these batches are long, round sticks of Aspen wood, which some members use to carve walking sticks. Dorothy Myers, Marquette, one of the three charter members of the group, specializes in walking sticks and heads for canes (usually an animal). She said Aspen wood is light and easy to carve. "I have an idea of what I want to carve when I start, and then I just go from there," said Myers, 76. "I live on a farm, so I carve a lot of horses and dogs. I have three daughters, so I always have to make four of everything." Myers said she enjoys carving now as much as she did 23 years ago. "I've always been crafty, but I never dreamed I'd be doing it for 23 years," she said. "But this is something you can do as long as your hands can do it." Sense of accomplishment Josephine Graham has been a member of the Chippers since 1992, when she moved to Marquette from Hutchinson. She said she feels a great sense of accomplishment every time she finishes a project. "It was surprising that as I got older, I found I could do things I never thought I could do," said Graham, 78, who likes to carve and paint Raggedy Anns and Andys. "I had to be talked into this. I never thought I could do it." Graham said it is valuable to watch other members of the group carve, "because everyone is doing something different," she said. Kenneth McHenry, 59, comes to Marquette two or three times a year from his home in Ellsworth to carve with the Chippers. He also carves at a club in Ellsworth and at Great Bend. "Each club you go to, you learn something different," he said. "There's quite a few of us who like to go to different towns and share our ideas." McHenry doesn't attend these carving clubs to be prolific. He said he could stay home and carve in two hours what it takes him all day to carve at a club, but that isn't the point. "It's a social thing here, and it's all for fun," he said. "You don't want it to seem like a job." Elane O'Rourke agrees. The Lindsbftrg resident is the newest member of the Chip- *pers (three years), and she joined primarily to learn to carve and design posts to put on a staircase at her home. She wants to make 18 posts, and although she is barely halfway done, she's not in a hurry. "I came here to be with people," said O'Rourke, 69. "I want to finish my project, but I want to share it with others, too." Larson is proud the club has been going strong for 23 years, especially when it has proven to be a valuable and stimulating activity for seniors like herself. "Some old people can't get around much, but they have no trouble sitting around and whittling," she said. "Nobody likes to miss a Tuesday They really love it here." • Reporter Gary Demuth can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 109, or by e-mail at sjgdemuth® T EDUCATION t j-^ Buckets full of roaches '^ameron / UOg give students the creeps gets new chew toy By San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Squirming, shrieking students are nothing new to biology professor Gary Guffey's science classes. Then again, neither are roaches. But Guffey who's been teaching at Our Lady of the Lake University for three years, thinks of the creepy crawlers more as learning devices than instruments of adolescent pranks. "I like to use things to illustrate a point, but in a way that will help students remember that point," Guffey said, smiling. He recalled his days as a graduate student giving zoological presentations to schoolchildren. "The more exotic or creepy the insects were, the better. "It's pretty much the same for college students," he said. These days, it's not unusual for Guffey to incorporate a bucket load of Madagascar hissing roaches into one of his lectures. The names are given to the creatures because of where they are from and because of what they do when threatened. He's used them to teach stu- .eioGuardJOOl School ] poo\&Spa ^products 6:30 p.m. 823-7512 \-$ SUNFLOWER dents about deterring predators, sex differentiation, circulatory systems and a handful of other topics. Besides serving as visual aids, the insects also have been subjects in student research projects. The biggest impression generally is made the first time he brings the critters into a classroom each semester. "Some will jump out of their chairs and run to the back of the room," Guffey said, chuckling. "But over time, they get used to them and realize they have an important ecological function." Freshman Sarah Payan, a biology major who is taking her second science class with Guffey acknowledged being a bit squeamish the first time the professor produced the crawling creatures in his classroom. "I enjoy the labs.because he's made learning fun," Payan said. "But I still don't like the roaches." FROM PAGE D1 "The dog was on the roof?" I sputtered in disbelief. "No, the stupid shoe slid down into the dog pen." I closed my eyes. Footwear- chewing is my dog's favorite sport. "What's your sister doing?" "She seems kind of mad," he admitted. "She won't throw me her other shoe." 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