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Overview: A carved Golf Ball exchange

Official Name: World Wide Woodc@rvers Exchange - Golf Ball Division (W3E-GBD)

To Join: You must be currently subscribed to the Woodc@rver Listserve, Knotty Wood Porch, Woodcarving Fun, ASA List, Knotholes List , Fish Carver2 List, the MiWCA List, WoodCarvingFun List or the W3E-WOM List to participate. (Previous participants and members of other carving lists may seek a waiver from the W3E Director.)

Object: To produce and exchange 6 carved golf balls


For years people has puzzled over the tendency of golf balls to fly everywhere but the direction you desire. Recent research has finally solved this heretofore inexplicable question: golf balls fly errantly because of the funny little people that hide inside the cover.
Here are some examples of what you can find inside a golf ball; there are courtesy of Captn Dave Lavoie.

You can see more samples here, and see some of "Ol' Don" Burgdorf's golf ball patterns here. You are not limited to caricatures, however; animal/bird heads, and maybe even chip carvings will also do quite nicely.


To participate in this exchange requires a six month commitment - that's one golf ball a month for six months. Please be absolutely sure you have the time before becoming involved in this exchange.


Any carver who can carve six golf balls. Caricature carvers, realistic carvers, bird carvers, animal carvers, chip carvers, relief carvers, etc. etc. Like all W3E exchanges, enthusiasm for carving is more important than skill level.


To register for W3E-Golf Ball Division, go to the Enrollment form page. Read the form, enter the requested information, and submit the form. Sit back and think about what you will carve. Go rummage around in your golf bag. Find some solid core balls; try carving a few pieces. Leave the rubber-band core balls in your bag - they will end life in the swamp, rough, woods, etc. (Caution - if you hear a crinkling sound as you start to cut the cover off of a ball, it is likely NOT a solid core ball. Check carefully - if it's a rubber-band core and you've cut the cover, into the trash it goes.)

As the groups of 6 fill, members will be send a roster and a schedule of who-to-mail-golf ball-to-when. Then the work and the fun may begin!!

Carving Guidelines:

Within the bounds of reasonably good taste, whatever style and topic you wish to carve, as long as it's done using a solid core golf ball.

Getting To The Core Of The Matter:

If you are going to carve a golf ball, the first order of business is to get off that pesky cover. This odd looking tool is just what you need to get to the core of the matter. The tool began life as a PVC/poly pipe cutter, but Captn Dave Lavoie figured out how to turn the pipe cutter into a golf ball cover cutter. If you'd like to build one of your own, visit Captn Dave's article in the May 1999 issue of the Woodcarver Ezine (Vol3Issue3) or click here.

Questions, queries, posers?

Email the W3E coordinator, Matt Kelley, at womeditorATcomcastDOTnet. Please be sure to include "W3E-GBD Question" in the Subject field.

Go to the W3E - Golf Ball Division Enrollment form

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