River Valley Patch
The mission of the River Valley Wood Carvers' Club is to promote, teach and practice the art of wood carving and wood burning. Club membership is open to anyone interested in wood carving or wood burning. Founded in 1999, our club covers the areas of southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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May 4, 2017
This happened back in late March, early April in Muncie, IN at the RainTree Carving Show. RVWC was represented by Dick Middleton and Jim Cable. Dick entered several of the carving competitions and brought home some ribbons: He got a blue ribbon in Mythological (Santas), a blue ribbon in Human, Group Realistic, a blue ribbon in Caricatures and a red ribbon in Human, Torso. Way to Go Dick....Congratulations!
April 3, 2017
KNIFE DRAWING Winner - Charlie Brown
2017 Middletown / Miami Valley Wood Carvers Show
Ribbons went to:
2nd birds - Bill Wright
2nd small bear - Bill Wright
Hon. Mention Med. Bird - Bill Wright
3rd Cowboy - Bob Manning
3rd Woodburning - Mike Shelton
Hon. Mention - Found Wood - Mike Shelton
3rd Med Bird - Shawn Helms
3rd Wolf - Shawn Helms
1st Cypress Knee - Shawn Helms
1st Santa warming toes - Dick Middleton
3rd Santa w/Jewel at neck - Dick Middleton
Congratulations to All!
You make us Proud.


March 1, 2017
Ornaments for Kids update by Dick Middleton:
This year (2016) RVWC's delivered 166 hand carved ornaments to deserving children at 3 different locations. We distributed 76 to kindergartners at Latonia Elementary, 40 to Diocesan Children's Home (Orphanage) and 62 to the kindergartners at John G. Carlyle Elementary School in Covington.
At this last stop we met with Tony Perkins, the principal. When we mentioned we had never actually seen the kids receive the ornaments. He said "Well we surely can fix that!" He led us down the hall to a kindergarten class room in session. He took us in and introduced us to the kids and explained our mission to distribute hand carved Christmas tree ornaments to everyone in the room. So we then passed out our collection of ornaments to that room. What a delight to watch the expressions on the childrens' faces when they received the gifts.
One little hispanic boy seemed totally detached from the whole proceeding and his teacher explained that he did not understand English and so did not understand what was happening. Another student was able to translate that this was a gift for him to keep. What a glow on his face when he understood. That alone was worth all of our efforts. I wish you could see it but no one is allowed to take pictures of the children for safety reasons.
We could easily distribute 300 ornaments or more to these children, if we can generate the ornaments.
Let's all think about that for 2017.

2/12/2017
INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT OUR MEMBERS:
When the Rabbit Hash General Store in Kentucky
burned down, Member Larry Bowen
wanted to help, in his own way in the reconstruction
of this Historical Site. The owners gave Larry
pieces of wood from the building that they couldn't use.
He made a birdhouse replica of the store.
(pictured below) and took it in to be auctioned off
with the proceeds to go to a general fund to
rebuild the store


2/8/2017
New Members
Dan and Teresa Balsbaugh


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Congratulations to Howard Wolf
February 2017 knife drawing Winner

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An Auction and Swap sale were held
at the February 6th Meeting
to help members clean out some of their personal
supplies that were no longer needed
A big Thank You goes out to the host of this event - Candy Lytle

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Thank you to Bruce Smith
who taught new members Howard and Lisa Wolf
a relief carving of a small ornament


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A BIG Thank You to Dick Middleton for teaching a
Face Carving Class on January 27 & 28.
One member/student wrote:
Just wanted you to know Dick had a great face seminar. I have studied faces under several notable carvers and Dick's instruction was outstanding, he was very patient, demonstrated each cut, welcomed questions and communicated very well. I also learned some new ways of doing things on a face. Had a great time with everybody and hope he continues to teach.

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1/16/2017

Welcome to New Members
Howard and Lisa Wolf
Mary Pat, Terry, and Joann Chauvin
Mike Shelton answering questions about his carvings at the Sharing table



1/12/2017
RVWC demonstrates at Union Presbyterian Church

On 1-11-17 RVWC was represented at a Senior Luncheon of the Union, KY Presbyterian church by Sandee Sansfacon, Ferd Kruetzkamp, Bob Manning and Dick Middleton. Between 25 and 30 seniors attended.
We put on a demonstration of carving and pyrography showing a variety of carving styles, popular carving woods, the tools involved, safety procedures and a selection of our finished carvings. There was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for the subject plus quite an extended question and answer period.
Lunch was then provided and a good time was had by all.
by Dick Middleton
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New Members
Marty Cahill
Lee Dwyer
Al Gibson
Jim and Gwen Provins
President Mike Shelton :

2017 Board
President: Mike Shelton
Vice President: Rex Sansfacon
Secretary: Sandee Sansfacon
Treasurer: Ed Stover
SeniorTrustee: Don Hogue
Regular Trustee: Ferd Kruetzkamp
Junior Trustee: Paul Miller
Past President: Rex Sansfacon
Chair Positions
Seminars: Bob Manning
State Fairs/Shows: Don Hogue
Ornaments for Kids: Ferd Kruetzkamp
Library & Demos:
Website: Sandee Sansfacon
Sunshine Lady: Candy Lytle
PR/publicity: Candy Lytle

Home of RVWC
Taylor Mill United Methodist Church

5160 Taylor Mill Rd.
Taylor Mill, KY
1st and 3rd Mondays 6-9
Carve-Ins 4th Saturday 10-3
Beginners to Advanced
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