The Carousel of Aloha is reaching out to the community. We are in need of a place to hold our February workshop. We’d love to have a month-to-month rental donated to us. This would be a great tax deduction for someone who has an empty warehouse waiting to be leased, or a large room at a church or community center.
At minimum, we need it from February 8th through the 24th, but are really looking for something ongoing to allow us to continue carving and storing the figures we are working on and the supplies we’re using. If you or anyone you know might be able to help, please let us know as soon as possible. Remember, this is a great tax deduction. If necessary we can pay the utilities we use.
Mahalo to everyone for being so supportive of this project. Please SHARE this with anyone you can think who can be of assistance.
Help!! With all of the holiday ‘busy-ness’ and the attention that end of year, end of month stuff needs, the first weekend in January is already here. That means that it is the monthly Carousel of Aloha Rummage Sale fundraiser that is held at the Hilo Coffee Mill. I desperately need help in the way of people to assist with setting up, sales, giving information on the COA project and at the end, putting away the remainder of the unsold goods. If there is anyone with some available time tomorrow from 730am to 130 or 2pm, please let me know.
Although I know it happens each month, somehow I get caught at the end. Perhaps you can look at your calendars and let me know if you can help with any of the future rummage sales. It’s only once a month, on the first Saturday. Please try. It would really help and is so much appreciated. And let your friends know of the project, and maybe they can help too. The rummage sale is a great way to find deals on all sorts of things, from clothes to construction materials. Its held during the Mill’s Farmer’s Market, so it is fun and entertaining. You can shop while you’re there, eliminating the need to go to the grocery store for your fresh products. See, it can be a win-win-win all the way around!
Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from you soon!
Phew, I’m tired already.
Ken Means serves as the Master Carver for the Carousel of Aloha, and we’re very lucky to have his help. Since he and his wife, Betty live and work in Oregon, he mostly offers advice and support from afar. Happily we are able to bring Ken an Betty to Hawai’i for two weeks in February. Ken will teach a Master Carving Class for two weeks, from February 11 through February 22, 2013. For more information click here.
Ken has devoted the bulk of his artistic life to learning about and keeping alive an old tradition. Ken currently has his own carousel carvings on exhibition at the Coos Bay Art Museum through January 26, 2013. We invite you to study with Ken. This class is a rare opportunity to learn how to carve carousel animals with someone who possesses great knowledge about that process.
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Last week I found Thomas sitting in my path. I was traveling a straight and narrow path that had scheduled me for a 15 minute–half hour max–stop at the Hilo Coffee Mill. I needed to re-glue the three carving blanks that had come loose from their carving boards during the previous Sunday’s Introduction to Carving workshop. And I had a lot of other stops on my “to do” list. As always, that list ran longer than I could reasonably accomplish in a day or two, or seven. Sound familiar? But anyway, there sat Thomas sipping coffee and gazing at the screen of his laptop.
Last night, as I lay on the day bed and attempted to compose a blog posting about that day’s Introduction to Carving Workshop, I found that I lacked the energy to continue. So I stopped, read a magazine article, and went to sleep. So much for writing when memories still have that fresh picked bouquet.
I wish that we had a secure place in which to hold Ken Means’ carving workshop in February 2013. Ken is our Master Carver. This past July I learned to carve from him at the annual three-week workshop he convenes near his home in rural Oregon. The guy has a wealth of knowledge to share, and, in just four months, he’s coming to the Big Island to teach a two-week session. How exciting.
But I wish that we had a secure place in which to hold that workshop. I cast a hungry eye at the former McDonald’s in Hilo. And I cast an introductory letter to the new owners. I only have the mailing address they gave the County, a P.O. Box on Maui. Wish us luck.
I think that this location would serve us well because of its proximity to so many institutions that might take interest in the Carousel of Aloha: schools, churches, museums. I looked in the windows during a recent stroll through downtown Hilo. I saw that the building could contain as many as a dozen craving stations even though all the tables remain in place. It also has lots of other features that would suit our needs. I even dream of using the space to build the carving blanks for Ken’s workshop.
I dream a lot these days. I think that one needs to invite dreams especially these days. Working on the Carousel of Aloha helps me invite dreams. I dream of the day when we have more people giving their time, labor, and hearts to the project. Along with dreams I have the sure knowledge that the efforts I’ve given so far have yielded rich rewards. So come join the party, and send us your good thoughts to help us find a space in which to hold Ken’s workshop.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2nd Annual Christmas in the Country at Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View, take a minute to review the information regarding booth space and becoming a volunteer. The information can be found here, as well as the link to the vendor application. Spaces are filling up quickly. Last year over 1000 people attended the event. This year will be even bigger and better.
Be sure and complete your application soon to ensure your booth space.
More information will be posted as available and can be found on our Facebook Page.
My legs feel tired and stiff. That comes as no surprise to me because I spent most of the day fabricating carving benches in preparation for the Introduction to Carving Workshops that we have scheduled for the next few months. Fortunately, I had a couple of helpers who turned what would have been a trying couple of days labor for me alone into a very productive morning. I have long said that two people working well together can accomplish much more than twice what two people working separately can do. And in this case three people working together made short work of the task. Well maybe not that short, but we surely made a fine collaboration.
Sometimes you wonder if when living in Hawaii, you are in a foreign country. Trying to order from the internet can be trying, to say the least. Comments like “we don’t ship to Hawaii” or “we only ship FedEx” or “we’ll ship it parcel post and it will arrive within 10 days”, really make you wonder.
The past three days, I have had the most wonderful experience with DickBlick.com, an art supply house in Illinois. Everyone I spoke with was kind, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. It just filled my heart to know there are still companies who care and try to understand.
And they are the first to really give us support on our project, in the form of a deep discount on supplies.
Three cheers to DickBlick.com. If you need supplies they have great prices, even without a discount.
Mahalo nui loa to DickBlick.com for partnering with Paradise Ponies, Inc. and the Carousel of Aloha. We’ll be back over the next 3 years!
A little kindness goes a long way.
When I volunteered to do the job of managing the Carousel of Aloha Project for the Big Island alone (I’m not the Head Cheese, thank goodness), I suspected that I had agreed to take a very large bite. Of course, I had a poor appreciation for the real size of the bite; I needed that poor understanding because I never would have made the commitment had I accurately understood the magnitude of the task. That is NOT to say that I regret saying, “yes”. Like committing to build a house here in Hawai’i, I expect that my committing to the Carousel Project will yield great personal rewards. And I believe that those goodies will more than fairly compensate me for my time and labor. What a great job. I never got such a good deal when I had to sell my labor.
We have a middle-term vision that has a Master Carver, Ken Means by name, come to the Big Island in February to conduct a three-week Carousel Carving Class. I spent three weeks carving with Ken this past July, and I came home with lots of horse parts. Many of those parts are finished. Some of them need more work. The product of my four weeks away impresses my wife, Patricia for both quality and it’s quantity. And I’m pleased by what I accomplished in a relatively short period of time. For the record, my wife does not agree that one should describe the time I spent in Oregon as “short”, but that’s another story.
This story is more about preparing for that middle-term vision. Of course, you’re all invited to participate in the February Carving Class. Stay tuned for details as we flesh them out.
But back to the preparations. We’ve scheduled three Introduction to Carving Workshops for Puna. You’re all invited to participate in them too. Details to follow. The first workshop will be in late September. I believe that we’re shooting for the afternoon of the 30th in Volcano. Time and place are not yet set, so if you have any ideas of a good location, please let me know. Send your email messages to: HIPM@CarouselofAloha.org
The next two are in Kea’au and Pahoa in the winter.
In the Intro to Carving Workshops people will use our tools and materials to transform a block of bass wood into a Hawaiian theme figure. The participants won’t get to take their work home. Instead it will ultimately get included in the finished carousel. Speaking as one who recently took a block of wood and brought a horse’s head out of it, the feeling of satisfaction is amazing. And I’m confident that anybody can successfully carve the figure we’ll work on in September. I have to be confident because I need to carve it before the first workshop, gulp!
I have professional help doing the carving, so I’m not really worried. All I really have to do is make the time to put chisel to wood. You all can help me find the time, if you’ll take on some of the other chores I now must shoulder. We really need someone who will work with other volunteers to bring them into the project in ways that tickle their fancy. But if you can’t chomp at that piece, I could use the help with a lot of smaller chores. Got a couple of hours to help make portable carving benches? Contact me, or leave me a telephone message at: 808.315.1093. Don’t like to work with plywood? No problem. Click on Yen’s Wish List for a full list of needs.