Whenver I see a carving knife with that familiar yellow serving on the business end I know that the knife has been produced by Dick.

On Monday’s in DeForest at DeWhittlers there are getting to be more and more Dick Reese knives in use. For instance: today there were thirteen people at DeWhittlers. No less than nine of us were using such knives.

This beauty is made from Box Edler that that has the pinkish stain in it. The familiar yellow serving on the business end is also very noticeable. It's a great knife, now owned by Bob

This beauty is made from Box Edler that that has the pinkish stain in it. The familiar yellow serving on the business end is also very noticeable. It’s a great knife, now owned by Bob

14 Of Dick's Knives

14 Of Dick’s Knives

These beauties are for sale. See Dick.



A Baker’s Dozen today – Carvers and Cookies

A baker’s dozen showed up at DeWhittlers this morning. Lee, April, Dick, Bernie, Jerry, Ted, Manny, Bill, Dave, Paul, Steve and Bob were on hand for most of the morning. There were a myriad of carving genres being worked on today.

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Lee continued to work on his Sand Hill Crane while Ross kept at his chain project. Both made strides today. April has been working on a caricature carving of a Hillbilly while Dick worked on a a pretzel-like miniature trivet. Ted was working on a new project today — a little fella. Manny was working on a larger trivet while Bill was in the beginning stages of a Santa Claus. Jerry was working diligently on a love spoon while Bernie had a great chip carving with the letter K in the center of the piece. Dave Kept working away on his relief/pyrography project which features a wild turkey scene. Paul started out working on the bust of a grizzly bear in white pine while Steve, the icicle master was in the eary stages of a six-stem piece. Bob started working on the gun for his duck caller and on his new icicle that Steve is mentoring him on.


As usual the chatter was about much more than just carving. There were plenty of laughs and a great time was had by all. Steve, Manny. Dave, Paul and Bob all had lunch at Arby’s after the carving session.

Big Chips, Tiny Chips and in Some Cases, Not Too Many Chips at all!

Mondays at DeWhittlers in DeForest, Wisconsin’s Community Center  are always a great time.A person can count on anywhere from six to fifteeen carvers and woodburners in attendance. Some arrive when the sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. while others filter in throughout the morning.

There are carvers who carve on chains. There are carvers who carve on caricatures. Other carvers are all over the place in the genres that they carve. One is a master chip carver and produces amazing boxes etc. Another chip carver produces fantastic plates and other objects. There is an amazing bird carver who enjoys carving working decoys and shorebirds. His current projext is a Sandhill Crane. There are woodburners and one is an award-winner (see one the picture that appears as a header as well as the picture in the post from January 2012.


There are carvers from both genders.


Some of the carvers create large chips and many of them. Other carvers create tiny chips and many of them. Other carvers create few chips but get a good workout for their jaws. Another one is not only a great carver but a fantastic knife maker as well. One carver recently completed an interesting duck call while yet another fella sort of specializes in twisted icicles which he does in two, three, four, five and six twists. They are pretty amazing objects. Yet another fella really enjoys creating carvings that depict things from the Northwest but he has many other items that are amazing as well.


If you are a carver and are in the DeForest, Wisconsin area, stop in on a Monday morning and join us. The coffee is always hot and the chatter is fantastic.

DeWhittlers carve and chat on Mondays

Monday mornings find a group of woodcarvers meeting at the DeForest, Wisconsin cropped-refsalcarvings-021.jpg cropped-refsalcarvings-022.jpg cropped-refsalcarvings-023.jpg cropped-refsalcarvings-018.jpg cropped-refsalcarvings-019.jpg jimann.jpgSenior Citizen and Community Center where the chatter is lively, humorous, fascinating and educational. There is also a lot of just plain fun.
Here are some pictures..

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