Wilbur Haller was the founder of our carving club and for many years he wanted to have the club carve a totem pole. He offered to have the pole placed in his yard and have members come by and carve on it. Unfortunately, Wilbur passed away and the project never happened. About a year ago Jesse Berguson suggested the club should carve a totem pole and I agreed, thinking we could do it in honor of Wilbur.
I contacted the Mayor Allen Green and asked if the club undertook the project would the City like to have it and place it somewhere. Mayor Green immediately replied that he would love to have the totem pole, and would see that it got installed in a City park. We had a meeting and requested volunteers to carve on the pole and initially had twelve people interested. That number ultimately dwindled to nine carvers.
Jesse Berguson arranged the donation of the pole from a local lumber mill and it was transported to John Carleton’s house, where it remains while being carved. The pole is pine, is 12½ feet long and 15” in diameter, and was estimated at 500lbs.
As of early June 2014, the pole includes:
An Eagle, being carved by Greg Mais
A Red Fish, carved by Don Kruck
A set of Storks, carved by Mike Beliveau
A Santa, carved by John Carleton
An Alligator, carved by Conley Branham and John Carleton
A large Bear face, carved by John Carleton
A small Bear face, being carved by John Palmer and John Carleton
A Woodspirit, being carved by Jesse Berguson
A Civil War Soldier, being carved by Derek Haddaway
An Indian, being carved by John Carleton
A Canadian Maple Leaf, carved by Art Hay, and another by John Carleton
There have been over 400 hours in the project thus far and it’s about ¾ done.
The City has agreed to install and maintain the pole, and has given preliminary directions on how to build the base. Dave’s Pest Control has agreed to donate treatment the pole of insects.
Several members of the Friends Carving Club participated in the 2014 Woodcarvers Jamboree. Here is an article that appeared in the Daytona Beach News Journal. A version of the article is available on the News-Journal website.
Pete LeClair will once again return to the FCC for a three day seminar. The seminar will be February 26-28, 2014 at the Port Orange Gymnasium, 4655 City Center Circle, Port Orange (same location as last year). Cost to be determined, but will be announced as soon as available. Members that attended last year had a great time; see President Greg Mais to reserve your spot.
Good evening members and friends of the Friends Carving Club. This is the initial post on our "What's Happening" page, which is the place to check for quick news, reminders of meetings, classes and events, emergency and inclement weather closing, and other important notices. Check back often!
Matt Kelley is an occasional bi-locational member of FCC, spending most years in Flushing, MI but occasionally fleeing the snow to Palm Coast in the winter. He is one of several members helping support the club web site.