February 2015 Walnut Burl

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Vol.   38   A   Publication   Of   The Duneland   Woodcarvers   February 2015

Lost, But Not Forgotten

Norman Lee Tennis 

Dec. 16th,1930–Jan. 7th ,2015

Norm Tennis 

On Jan. 12th I said my last goodbye to a dear friend.

It’s times like this that I really don’t like being the editor, when I have to write about a guy that I have become so very fond of, leaving us. I have known Norm for a long time and have never heard anyone say a harsh word against him. He always had a smile on his face even though he might be going through a terrible time in his life. I don’t think I have ever heard him complain about anything, no matter what. Norm had to carry an oxygen tank with him every where he went, due to the time when his house caught on fire, and a fireman told him to get his car out of the garage so it wouldn’t blow up the house. He opened the garage door and a blast of fire and heat hit him, he breathed in some of it and it damaged his lungs forever. Norm’s wake was done with full military honors. When the taps were played I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place. I’ve had to attend many funerals over the years and never witnessed one with such good taste.

Norm was married to Janice Ann Halter on July 3rd, 1954. Jan passed a few years ago. Jan had held the post of Vice President of our club and when she left us, Norm took over her position. Norm left behind two son’s; Brian and Brad Tennis, and a daughter Vickie, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Norm’s two son’s gave an eulogy about their wonderful dad. When listening to them both you could feel the love they had for him. Brian told a little story about how Norm was an avid golfer and when he taught Jan how to golf she became better than him. He then taught her how to carve and once again she became better than him. If you had ever seen them together you will remember Jan always telling him how to do things. He would always stand there and smile, and never say a word. Brian said he could now just visualize the two of them together again and Jan still telling him how things are to be done up there. Norm had undergone months of chemo and was given a few months off to rebuild his system. The day he passed his son Brian had gone over to get Norm to drive him to a retirement settlement to sign papers. Brian found him in his easy chair at home. It seems that he had a very peaceful passing. At the cemetery we all got to see the headstone that put in place by his family. It was the most beautiful monument I have ever seen. The side we were able to see was an all black Granite stone with an Old Oak tree on the one side and in the middle was the name Tennis. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Truly beautiful for a beautiful couple. Norm thanks for the fabulous memories you have given to all of us. You will truly be missed.

Doing what you like is freedom…Liking what you do is happiness!


Pat Moore Class Filling Up

Pat’s class only has room for 12 people and two people have already signed up. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all. I never thought I would be able to take a class with an instructor of her caliber. I’m sending out the application’s to other clubs this week so the class might fill up fast. If you want to take the class don’t delay or you might miss out on the chance to learn from her. Our webmaster Marcy Yrineo (or would it be better called Webmistress?)(No, the title is Webmaster…thanks, Marcy) is changing over to a new type of website, but as soon as it’s done she will have the application on the website of the Duneland Woodcarvers. Bruce Johnston told me that he will send out applications to all of the people that had tables at our show last year.

 Birthday Cake

Happy, Happy, Birthday

Don Good……………………….Feb. 3rd

Dave Kings……………………..Feb.5th

Barb DeMars………………..…Feb. 9th

Marcy Yrineo……………….…Feb. 19th

Millard Clark………………….Feb. 20th

Brian Leonard…………………Feb. 26th

Len Ellis…………………….….Feb. 28th

May must have been a fruitful month

Happy Birthday to all of you

Hope You Have Many More

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked,

the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Last Chance To Read My Words

Before you get all excited. No, I’m not quitting writing the Burl. I promised Kathy so long as she would serve as our president I would remain the editor. That is unless someone else wants to give it a try. I must have been drinking when I uttered that dumb remark. But anyway what I’m referring to is, that unless Bruce receives your membership dues you will not receive the March issue of the Burl. We had a board meeting last Tuesday and I found out that 3 of the board members hadn’t paid. Boy how embarrassing. Bruce has received dues from 39 people so far. We have many more to go. $20 dollars is not a lot of money but we have to have it to pay for the printing and postage for the news letter. This is the last time you will have to read this till next year.  Bruce Johnston can be reached at 9731 Johnson St. Crown Point, IN. 46307

Surprise Call From Vern

I got a wonderful call from Vern Schrader. For those of you who don’t recognize the name Vern was the first person to act as Editor of the Burl News Letter. When I first decided to take over from Irv Olsen years ago, I did an interview with Bill Fairchok and Bill gave me several old Burl issues that Vern had written. He was tremendously funny.

Reading the news letter the way he wrote them has inspired me to try in my own way. I have been sending the news letter to Vern as long as I’ve been editor. I figured that is the least the club could do, for all of his years service to the club. Enough about me, Vern called to say, he enjoyed reading the Burl and keeping updated about all the members. We talked for quite awhile and in closing he told this story. Vern and his girlfriend got news about a place that was hosting a New Years Party. It only cost $10 dollars per person and that included food, drinks and a band till midnight. Boy what a bargain. When they arrived they were the only people to attend. The band played till midnight to any requests they wanted. Then Vern told me that he was 91 years old. Wow!  

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Many Thanks For Their Support

Smile Awhile With Sanford

Got these from an email from Sanford Pangburn

 These are random thoughts as we age.

  1. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in a dryer for ten minutes, and come out wrinkle- free and three sizes smaller.
  2. The biggest lie I tell myself is, I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember that.
  3. Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
  4. I’ve lost my mind, and I’m pretty sure my wife took it.
  5. I don’t have gray hair. I have wisdom highlights. I’m just very wise.
  6. At my age Getting Lucky means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
  7. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me of.
  8. Old age is coming at a really bad time.
  9. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.
  10. Why do I have to press 1 for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand.

Found This On You Tube

For those of you that linked to the internet, No that doesn’t mean you Arnie. Watch You Tube on line and be amazed. You can watch all kinds of woodcarving being done by some famous people and some not so famous but, still very knowledgeable. We have a few really great Chip Carvers that spend every Tuesday morning with us and they finally got me inspired. I found a website called WWW.mychipcarving.com. They sell some very good bass wood supplies to chip cave and are at a very good price. They also give some instructions and sell all supplies that have to do with Chip Carving. I don’t think that I will ever be as good as George or Kathy but, Chip Carving is a nice change of pace to carving in the round or Bark Carving.

 A Change To Mention

One of the big changes that will take place in this years show is all carvings that are put into competition will be held on display till 4PM on Saturday. Once the judging is finished, this will allow time for all patrons to see the winners of every category.

 We Have A New Vice President

Chuck Swickard has graciously agreed to serve as our new Vice President to finish out the term. Thanks Chuck.

 We Need Help

We need at least 19 people to help out at the upcoming show. We have a large membership and I think it has come a time for us to get help from a lot of you. Were not asking for much, just a few hours of your time to take tickets at the door of the show. Most everything is being done by just a few of us. A few hours of your time isn’t asking much. The show is going to be better organized this year. Bruce Johnston is the Show Chairman and I have agreed to be his Vice Chairman. If you need info about the show and Bruce is not available I’m your man.

Sorry For The Short News Letter

I just finished the last one and not much time to write this one. Next month will be even less time. Sorry

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Pat Moore’s Class
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Pat Moore Carving Class Registration Form

Just to keep you updated, so far we have a total of 3 people signed up for the class. Pat wants a minimum of 8 students. Which means that we have to guarantee 8 students or pay for any classes under 8. Bruce said that he can wait till March 10th to notify Pat if we still want to have class. I’m not trying to promote her, but the club doesn’t get an opportunity to have an Instructor of her caliber very often. I know $140 plus rough out, seems like a lot in today’s economy, but I personally have spent more for classes years ago. If you are interested at all, let Bruce Johnston know.

Need 9 People To Do Demonstrations
We have 4 people signed up to put on a 1 hour or less demonstration at the show this year. We need a total of 9. There are a lot of our members that are gifted at one type or another in carving. I hope they will be willing to share with our viewing public. I know a lot of you are very talented but shy, unlike me. Please give it a try. People that are new to carving would be very impressed at what we are able to do with just a few tools and some knowledge on carving, painting, or wood burning. Please let me know if you can help out. I will set a schedule soon, and you can choose what day and time you will be available. Thanks!

I’m Gonna Get You
As you know we give out small door prizes at he show. I’m asking for donations. I won’t ask for anything large or pricey. Just something that you might have had for a long time and hasn’t sold. Make sure that your name is on it so the recipient can come to your table and personally thank you for your donation. You never know you might get a sale out of it. I will come around Friday afternoon if you are present or Saturday morning. I need about 13 pieces. Don’t make me twist your arms you know how good I am at that.  I will put the names of those who donate in the following Burl. Never had a problem in the past as you are all very wonderful members.

Tables Are Going Fast
Application – 2015 Show -pdf    Application – 2015 Show – doc

Bruce Johnston told me that tables are going fast for the show. Our members get the first pick, but please don’t wait to long to notify us. I would hate to see one of our own miss out. I told Bruce that if he needed help with being Show Chairman, I would volunteer to help him out and be his Vice-Chairman. This means he is the man in charge, but if you come across a time that you need help or an answer about something you can call on me.

While Were At It
Putting on a show is a very time consuming job and we need help. Were not asking for a lot of your time. We have to have members help out and take in tickets at the door, sell raffle tickets, placing carvings at the tables in the carving competition, help people with the filling out of competition forms, etc. This is your club please step up and give a helping hand. Don’t make just a few do all of the work. There are a lot of people that do help, but they need a break once in awhile.


The Buck Stops Here

Editor………………Don Schroeder

Phone 219-465-7243