2013; Celebrating our 25th year


25 years. By: Thomas Anstett

As the President for the past 5 years of the SCWC, it is my honor to be here on our 25th anniversary. I would like to mention some of our founding Presidents; Al Graff, who was nominated by Lou Coleman to become the first President of our Club, SCWC, in 1988-89. Other Presidents were:

Richard West, 1989-92 --------> Joann Hurley, 1992-93 --------> Dick West, 1993-96 --------> Bob Graves, 1996-98

Rocky Wing, 1998-2000 --------> R. Boyer, 2000-02 --------> Stan Jenkins, 2003-05 --------> John Gallagher, 2005-06

Norman Cage, 2006-07 --------> Karen Perry, 2007-08 --------> Charles Graves, 2008-10 --------> Tom Anstett 2010-Present

As President, I have had great experiences with all the Club members. I had different members teach me some amazing carvings, including basic carving, relief carving, burning techniques, caricature carvings, Birds’ feathers and eyes. When I started in 2009, I had no idea how to use a knife, gouge or v-tool. Heck, I didn’t even know what a v-tool was, everyone in our Club has something to teach and share with one another. We, as a group, have fun each week; carving, talking, teaching, having a cup of "Jo" and a donut!

2 years ago we started having a picnic with our family members, which is a great time for all.

We meet at the Eau Gallie Civic Center. The Supervisor there is Jerri Woodring. She has taken care of so many tasks for us. Jerri is always there to lend a helping hand. She even cooks for us at our annual picnic! As one of our distinguished members states, “she is a diamond in the rough!”

Our show at the Eau Gallie Civic Center each year on the last Saturday of January has been such a huge and great success. With all the awesome works of art, the talent is unbelievable. We have vendors for members and guests, food and raffles.

At Christmas we have a raffle of a Christmas tree; Decorated with all hand carved ornaments. This goes to a different community cause each year; Either a childrens’ hospital, a battered Womens’ organization, or whatever the Club decides.

In closing, come see us at the Eau Gallie Civic Center! We are there each Thursday, 8AM-Noon. Come see just how much enjoyment it is to have the camaraderie, friendship and talent. We have beginners, moderate carvers, very good carvers, and some master carvers in our Club. So…don’t be shy and don’t say to yourself, that you can’t do it; Because I’ll bet you the cost of your membership fee, (which is $15.00 per year), that you can carve! That’s a one-time deal! Come and have fun!

Thomas Anstett; President



In the old days. By: Al Meier

When my wife, Jan, and I returned in 1985, we bought a home in Hendersonville, NC and a small coop in Boynton Beach on the inter-coastal waterway. In Hendersonville, I quickly found Opportunity House, an old A&P store which had been converted to a community center for the arts. They had a wood carving shop, art studio and ceramic shop, etc. There I met Billy Bell and Al Graft, two long-time supporters and active members of our own club here in Melbourne FL. They both summered just outside Hendersonville and wintered here. Billy was Treasure of our club for years and a relief carver who now lives in CA. Al Graft and his wife, Natalie, now live in Buena Vista FL and Al occasionally visits us. He loves to carve realistic birds. While in Hendersonville, I also met Lou Coleman who lived on Pineapple street in Eau Gallie, FL and who founded this club. So you can see it was easy for me to look up old acquaintances from GTP House in Hendersonville when we moved to Melbourne in 1990.

Gone too, but not to be forgotten is Dick West who was a President and staunch supporter of this club for many years. Francis Snow, who among other items, carved full-sized carousel horses and still lives in Melbourne. Another oldie who moved to Viera and doesn't drive this way anymore is Art Spedding, whose last major piece was a full-sized Heron, carved for his wife, Judith.

Yours truly also carves realistic birds and only started carving in the small coop utility closet in 1987 when he got bored in Florida and chanced meeting Bill Stern who wintered in Florida and was a member of the Boynton Beach carving club and OP House in Hendersonville. He gave me my first cutout and said I only needed an Exacto knife!!

As the saying goes “Baby, have we came a long way!”

Al Meier; 321-779-9957



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