Hobo bottle-stoppers were the project of Jim Long’s carving classes in April. He taught one class before the business meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club. Jim lives in Osage Beach and has been carving since 1985 and has been teaching for the last few years. He gives one-on-one instruction to his students to make sure they all have time to learn everything about carving the project.
On the hobo bottle-stopper, Jim instructed the students on the facial proportions, shaping the face, nose, mouth, ears, hair, and neck. He guided the students in the choice of gouges to use and how to carve the nose (fat or skinny), ears (inside and out), eyes (droopy or alert), and mouth (crooked or sad or regular). It was the student’s choice. He showed how deep to make the corners of the eyes and where to add the smile lines on the face.  Moustaches and hair were added also.
Of course every hobo had to have a well-worn hat and shirt. Not only did the students learn a lot, but they also did a lot of laughing, enjoying Jim’s sense of humor. The results of all the hard work were hobos that had seen a hard life, probably riding the boxcars and camping in the weather.
The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club meets the third Monday of every month at 7:00 P.M. at the Camdenton United Methodist Church. Beginners are welcome. There is usually a carving project around 4:00 before the meeting. Also, there is open carving weekly at the senior center at the following places: in Laurie on Wednesdays from 12:15; in Camdenton on Thursdays at 9:00; the new senior center  in Osage Beach on Osage Beach Parkway on Tuesdays at 9:00 and also the 1st and 2nd Thursdays. In Lebanon there is a carving group on Wednesdays at 9:00 at the Peggy Summers Library. For more information about the club call President Richard Wallace at 573-346-3859. The club’s web-site is: lakeozarkswoodcarvers.org.