Woodcarvers of Las Vegas

We are a new group of woodcarvers of all skill levels who want to advance our skills and help others.

We are meeting at Wood it is at 2267 w. Gowan, North Las Vegas on the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. .
And at Woodworkers Emporium at 5461 Arville in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m..
Come join us .

For more information contact Dennis Patchett 702-782-3519
or Randy 630-308-7422

email -- glaurj4@gmail.com

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Yesterday Dennis finished and installed our display cabinet in the Woodworkers Emporium. www.woodworkersemporium.com/  A very special Thank You to them for donating the space!

Club members Rod, Dennis, Scott, and Randy put the first carvings on display to help fill the cabinet.
We will rotate the display every other month of so , as new carvings arrive. Lets carve guys !

Monday, November 24, 2014

Woodcarvers' of Las Vegas November Meeting ---

 Our monthly meeting was last Saturday at Woodworkers' Emporium with 7 members in attendance.
Our meeting produced no wood chips this month but lots of good conversation and some Great show and tell.

Ted brought some extra carving tools to sell.
John brought his "new style golf ball " handle. He  uses this style handle on his files and has converted it to some of his carving tools with great success. Here is his jig to drill the golf ball.

Scott treated us to a show and tell of some of his Christmas carvings. Lots of wonderful ideas.

Mike also brought his latest two Celtic carvings. Such great work !

And in the novelty class Randy brought his two sided hummer/donkey carving.

 Just flip over to see each side.

Happy Holidays to you all. See you next month.

Monday, October 27, 2014

October Meeting

Our regularly scheduled meeting was held at Woodworkers Emporium on Arville here in Las Vegas last Saturday the 25th. Unfortunately, the only "regular" members of the group was Dennis and myself!  We were well attended by the woodcarving group from Anthem (Henderson area) who came to visit.  They meet in their clubhouse every Tuesday and Saturday and welcome visitors.  Contact either Dennis or Randy for times and location.

The time was spent making chips …..

and making sawdust.

With a fair amount of hints and story telling thrown in for good measure!

     Our woodcarving group meets every 4th. Saturday of the month so do mark your calendars and set up a reminder in electronic device of your choice so you can come to the scheduled meetings.  The time is 9:30 am until 11:30.  If you haven't had the chance to respond to the questions that Randy sent out earlier please remember to do that so that he and Dennis know the direction you'd like the group to take.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Meeting--

Another great meet with 5 new members attending their first meeting. WELCOME !
Our attendance was 12 a new all time high. Lets hope this is a sign of times to come.

Dennis  started our meeting with show and tells from Scott Bigler, Rod Dickerson, and himself.

Dennis passed out a Christmas Santa face ornament project to get the holiday spirit started. Maybe we can get 1 or 2 projects done before the holidays.
At the end of the meeting Mike Cook treated us with his Celtic Cross carving. Great job Mike !

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August Meeting  ---

Well sorry to say there is little news to post today.  Randy was late sending out the e-mail reminder for todays meeting and only 4 members and two visitors attended.
One of our visitors was a carving teacher from an  Anthem woodcarving club, and the other was the president of the Las Vegas wood turners.

Lets hope next month is back to normal.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Our July meeting had our best attendance since our first meeting with a total of 10!
We also added one new member. Welcome Al.
Dennis supplied us all with  basswood blanks for our Shell relief carving lesson.
Again a  special thanks to Dennis.

We were all able get our carvings 1/2 to 3/4 complete. Homework again to get them finished.
Plans were discussed to find a Christmas project, with Scott and Dennis taking the lead. Santa's' here we come.

We were also treated to a show and tell of two great projects. John Eugster with a carved wooden shirt and Neal Grossman with a relief  carved landscape.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Meeting

Another monthly meeting is behind us.  We seem to get some new faces at every meeting, which with vacations is keeping us at around 7 or 8 carvers per meeting.  If this settles out we should have over 10 or 12 regulars  by fall.

Lots of discussion resulted in Dennis offering to teach relief carving( SHELLS ) at our next months meeting..  He will be sending us a list of tools we would need before  the meeting.  He is sure we all probably have what we will need.  Here is an example of a leaf he carved.  Hope to see you all next month. BRING A FRIEND.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

First of all John did a great recap of Saturdays class including photos. The class mostly included tools, knives ,and sharpening, and a review of corner cuts
We will need to pick a couple of projects to warm up to santas sooner than we know.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Meeting @ Woodworkers Emporium

Wonder if his bayonet 

is as sharp as our

 carving knives?

Happy Memorial Day

Here's what happened at Saturdays Meeting:

Scott's Knife, Walnut Handle
     For starters, we had a pretty sparse turn out for this meeting.  I'm sure that this being Memorial Day had a lot to do with that as many use this unofficial start of summer to get out of town and head for the lake, mountains, forests, and anywhere else.  There were half a dozen of us so the meeting was pretty informal.  Scott brought in this knife that he recently made, it's based on a design by Mike Shipley.  Being new to the carving scene I hadn't heard of him but here's a  LINK to some of his tools.  Even though I have more pressing work going on in my shop this really intrigued me!  Scott said he used an old Sawzall blade which I happened to have.  Everything went fine grinding and sharpening an edge until I attempted to drill holes in it --- no luck!  I'll have to ask him how he accomplished that.

     I brought in this little Dachshund which is my first attempt at 3D carving.  I'm needing help on how to smooth out the curves and a thin, flexible knife was the suggestion.  That's what I tried to make but once it came to drilling the holes that project is stopped for now.  I may be better off  to just spend twenty bucks or so and have a professionally made one.

Scott went over several techniques of how to hold our knifes for different application.  The subject of sharpening came up as well.  If there's one thing everyone understands is that without a sharp knife, carving will be a frustrating experience.  Here is a collection of diamond and water stones he showed us along with tips on using them:

Along with sharpening, it's important to hone your blade before, during, and while you're working.  I brought in a portable strop (shop made) that can simply be hooked over a table.  The small dowel has a piece leather charged with rouge glued to it that is helpful for removing the burr from the inside of gouges.

   We spent the meeting time experimenting on some more sticks and it was suggested that we dedicate a meeting to creating these caricature practice sticks.  Many of the members are beginners and it would be valuable for us to slowly go through this process step by step, making the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc. on one of these sticks to gain confidence and muscle memory in our carving endeavor.

     If you know of others who might be interested in getting involved in the woodcarvers club let them know that we meet every fourth Saturday of the month at Woodworkers Emporium.  Mark your calendar as well.  Randy will be doing the blog and I'm sure he'll send reminders out to everyone a couple of days prior to each meeting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Meeting #2

On April 26th we had our second meeting. We welcomed a few new faces and shared out first project the carved egg. Enclosed is a photo of some of the finished eggs. ( and everyone still had all the fingers they started with).

project #1

At this months meeting Scott Bigler gave a demonstration on face carving. He supplied us all with a piece of wood to make "study sticks" of a face. He also shared his bag of tools for those of us who didn't bring or have them yet.

Thanks Scott for the demo and John Eugster for the photos. See you next meeting.

First Meeting

On March 22nd, 2014 under the leadership of Dennis Patchett  and the generous sponsorship of Woodworkers Emporium( 5461 Arville, Las Vegas 89118) who are supplying us with a room to
use we started with our first meeting.

We had a surprising first showing of 8 woodcarvers. We decided to have our meetings every 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.  Dennis gave a demonstration on sharpening and our first class project was passed out . Everyone was given a block of wood to try and carve an egg without the help of any sanding.

Come one come all to try your hand at Woodcarving .