FROM THE PRESIDENTíS ROOST
WHATíS BEEN HAPPENING
Our display at the Atlantic Wood Show looked great, thanks to all who made contributions and organized the† set-up.†
On Friday evening, Graham McCullough and Bill MacNeil presented Dan MacLean with the Best in Show† Award for the Atlantic Woodworking Competition.† Dan had entered† his carved and painted Kestrel. and in addition to the award, won† a Freud plunge router, Makita mitre saw and lifetime subscription to the Canadian Woodworking Magazine. Congratulations Dan, fine job, and well deserved.
Dick Bone and his group of Sleeping Dunlin carvers are winding down.† Nice job Dick, thanks for your fine effort.† Shorebirds have been a favourite of mine, and I think it started with the first††† one I carved about five or six years ago. The instructor at that time was, of course, Dick Bone.
The start date for Jim Brackettís course on the Atlantic Salmon is November 24th and will run for four weeks. The first three sessions will be held in the project room in the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, the last week will be a demonstration of airbrush painting at Jimís work shop on Stairs St.† The price for instruction, blank, and fins is $48.00. If you would like to purchase glass eyes for the salmon, Jim has a limited supply and you can buy a pair from him for $4.00. This session will† be open to the general public.
Closing their doors
Brian and Thelma Galletly will be closing down shop on Dec 31, 2000. All stock is now 30% off. On behalf of all members, I would like to wish Brian and Thelma good health and prosperity in the future.† We are grateful to them for their support over the past years as sponsors of our Competition and Show. Brian and Thelma both served as President of the NSWC&AA, and as Competition Chairpersons. They have donated various† competition prizes, carvings for raffles, instructed carving classes, and seminars, organized workshops, and† head carving competitions, and fixed,† sharpened, and honed.† Thank you for everything!
The Atlantic Wildlife Carving Competition and Show will be held at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, on May 25-27, 2001. The theme bird is the Gold Crowned Kinglet. The Competition Committee has a complement of seven this year, and is pleased to announce the addition of Keith Cheyne and Allan Randall of Truro. and Peter Willis of Halifax, as newest members of the committee.
The first committee meeting will be held at the museum in the boardroom at 6:45 on December 21, before the monthly meeting.† Anyone interested in joining the committee is welcome.
Keith Mueller of Connecticut has accepted the position of chief judge for the upcoming competition. Keith is a world renowned carver and artist. He has won Best in Show in all three gunning categories and captured Best in the World, Decorative Pairs with common eiders in 1996.
Ten tickets† are enclosed for a wildlife print and duck stamp, donated and framed by Sherman Hines and James Gardine. Funds from the ticket sales will help to defray a major part of the 2001 Competition expenses. Please help support those who have given of their time and effort, and have made donations, by selling all ten tickets.
The Museum of Natural History offers not only a great place to meet and carve, but also a wealth of information.and first class reference material.† Take a good look around and ask the staff for help if you canít find what your looking for. They receive their materials through donations from† people like us, who have a direct interest in our environment.
Two years ago while digging some sod in a peat pile at our cottage in Cape Breton, I came across a strange looking salamander. I placed it in a container and ran and got my camera.† I took the† photographs to the museum for identification, and it turned out to be a rare siting of a blue spotted salamander. There were only two entries for Cape Breton and mine was one.† Just last week, they called me for more information on the siting.† So, if you have a siting to report, be sure to make a few notes and include times, dates conditions and locations.
President, Newsletter, & Competition co-chairman
Phone 902 757-3670
Vice President, Competition Chairman
Membership, Phone Cmte
Mel Deveau Treasurer
Dick Bone Secretary
Gold Crowned Kinglets