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CLOSE-UP CLOSE-UP CLOSE-UP SOUTH SALINAS Carving turns the head of Schaechtele Her passion began DETAILS 20 years ago 'ML i 'V ' By SILAS SPAETH For The Salinas Californian About 20 years ago, Molly Schaechtele first tried her hand at "making something from nothing." For her, that exercise took the form of carving a small bird from wood. With a laugh, Schaechtele said her first creation would not have won any awards, but she kept at it. When she and her husband moved to the Central Coast, the Oak Hills resident took her first carving class at Hartnell College and said she became "hooked." Now, she's president of the Pacific Carvers, the Salinas chapter of the California Carvers Guild. Schaechtele was a founding member of the group and has been its leader since it was established about seven years ago. The Pacific Carvers meet every Saturday morning at Pacific Architectural Hardwoods Hardwoods in south Salinas to pur- pur- The Pacific Carvers meet from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday at Pacific Architectural Hardwoods, 1024 Harkins Road, Salinas. sue their passion. Whether working on a given project together, visiting a master carver's studio or undertaking an individual carving, the club members are united by their love of woodcarving. "We consider ourselves a no-stress no-stress no-stress club," Schaechtele said. "If a person can't come to a meeting, no problem. We have about 30 members but probably probably under 10 attend a carving session on any given weekend." weekend." Beginners are encouraged to stop by on a Saturday and learn what woodcarving is all about. When a novice walks in, Schaechtele said, the person is given a piece of wood and loaned a carving knife. Members Members of the group then show the newcomer what to do and start him or her on a simple carving. "That's how most of us learned," Schaechtele said. "The members are more than .MfV-5,v!.';'r'-:?:; .MfV-5,v!.';'r'-:?:; .MfV-5,v!.';'r'-:?:; .MfV-5,v!.';'r'-:?:; .MfV-5,v!.';'r'-:?:; tlj 1 kJ. y j .f. Will' V -TV -TV 5 US SILAS SPAETHFOR THE SALINAS CALIFORNIAN A collector of carved Santa Claus figures, Molly Schaechtele has a living room display case filled with nearly 200 colorful creations. willing to share what they ized she needed to expand her have learned with others. cache of tools. She said she "In a group like ours, various was pretty good at carving members have different areas with a dull knife, but today she of expertise. Therefore, we has an electric knife sharpen-help sharpen-help sharpen-help each other and, as a er, scroll saw and a large col-result, col-result, col-result, everyone improves." lection of chisels, gouges and As she became more profi- profi- knives, cient, Schaechtele's work grew . in its complexity and she real- real- See CARVING, Page 2D

Clipped from The Californian12 Jan 2006, ThuPage 21

The Californian (Salinas, California)12 Jan 2006, ThuPage 21
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