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Artistry in Wood 2003

The Annual Show of the Dayton Carvers Guild

Photography by Jack A. & Carole Williams


Since the first show in 1981, Artistry in Wood has grown to be "one of the top five shows in the country," according to Scott Phillips, host of PBS's American Woodshop. I stopped by the show on Sunday this year, and can confirm that Artistry in Wood is a large, well-run event that attracts some of the best carvers and vendors in the States. I spent more then three hours there, which was barely time for a quick run past the booths and a bit of visiting with friends new and old. Artistry in Wood really needs two days to get a good look at all of the booths. I would encourage anyone within a long day drive of Dayton to make the trip in 2004; you'll find it well worth the travel.

WOM is pleased to once again feature the quality photography of Jack and Carole Williams, who spent many hours taking the photos you'll see later in this article. Thanks also to Ray Kunz and the Dayton Carvers for permitting us to share these photos with our readers. Enjoy!

Matt Kelley, Editor


WOM Editor Matt Kelley with Best in Show winner David Sabo. Be sure to check out Dave's prize winning Santa in the Gallery.

Artistry In Wood
November 15-16, 2003

Winners, Woodcarving Division


Bob Guge
Harley Schmitgen
Jim Stadtlander

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Woodcarving Best of Show
Best of Show - David Sabol - Santa Claus
2nd Best of Show - James Urbanic - Road Runner with Lizard
3rd Best of Show - Dan Coors - Stylized Sailfish

A-100-Whittled pieces (Knife & single piece of wood)
1st Donald Mertz - Miniature Cowboy

A-101-Whittled pieces (Miniature)
1st Lori Andrews - Miniature Horses

B-103-Relief (Scene other than nature)
1st Robert Stadlander - Fruit and Vegetable Still Life

B-105-Relief (Human figures partial or whole)
1st Keith Dilworth - Indian Maiden

B-106-Relief (Natural history subjects
1st Midge Schmitgen - Wolf Heads

C-111-Abstract/ornamental (Jewelry, signs, decorative, etc)
1st Bill Cox - Shotgun Stock Relief
2nd Bill Janney - Rifle Stock Relief

D-115-Animal figure (Realistic natural wood finish)
1st John Niggemeyer - Butternut Horse

D-118-Animal figure (Stylized painted)
1st Ed Staiger - Polar Bear

E-120-Animal/Bird Heads (Realistic natural or painted)
1st Kathy Johns - Elk Head Bust
2nd Rocky Yoder - Buffalo Skull

F-124-Birds (Waterfowl,shorebird, marsh bird, working/slick painted)
1st Jim Brace - Working Widgeon Decoy

F-126-Birds (Gamebird or bird of prey, realistic painted, all or part)
1st James Urbanic - Road Runner with Lizard

G-136-Aquatic creatures (Stylized natural)
1st Dan T Coors - Stylized Fish
2nd Buell Burns - Stylized Fish

H-140-Human complete figure under 15" (Realistic natural) - 5 entries
1st Lenord Watts - Barefoot Boy

H-142-Human complete figure under 15" (Realistic painted
1st Randy True - Indian Doll

I-145-Human complete figure over 15" (Realistic natural)
1st John Niggemeyer - Cowboy in Duster

J-148-Human bust (Realistic natural)
1st Dick Gish - Indian Bust
2nd Richard Motzer - Mountain Man Mask

K-155-Group, two or more (Realistic or stylized natural)
1st Vickie Branson - Mermaid on Dolphin
2nd Rex Branson - "Youthful Endeavors"

L-160-Chip carving (Any)
1st John Roth - Chip carved box
2nd John Roth - Chip carved chest

M-163-Caricatures (Animal, bird or fish, natural or painted)
1st Vickie Branson - Rabbit with Harmonica

M-165-Caricatures (Human figure over 15", natural or painted)
1st David Sabol - Santa Claus

M-168-Caricatures (Group, 2 or more, any subject, any finish
1st Scott Brown - "One That Got Away"

N-171-Misc. (Santas, any finish)
1st Lenord Watts - Old World Santa

N-172-Misc. (Any carving not covered by the above categories)
1st Hershel Borders - "Inventing Flight" Cane, Peoples' Choice Award for Inventing Flight catagory

O-173-All pyrography
1st Robert Stadtlander - Pyrography Mountain Scene
2nd Linda Sales - Pyrography Lighthouse and Seaman

Q-185-Ivan Rossiter Award - Human from rough out or instructed
1st David Valentine - Cowboy Bust

Q-186-Ivan Rossiter Award - Animal from rough out or instructed project
1st Sue Kraft - Woodcock and Leaves on Burl Box

R-188-Jack Williams Award - Caricatures
1st Scott Brown - "Like Father Like Son"

S-190-Walter Grether Award - Stylized woodcarving
1st Buell Burns - Stylized Fish

T-192-Young Carvers Award - through age 16
1st Austin Larger - Bear