Archive for June 2012

May/June 2012 WOM

Welcome to Issue 3 of Year 16 of Woodcarver Online Magazine

Our Front Page pho­to this issue is:

Fred Cogelow’s

Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress 2011 Best of Show Win­ner

A Pen­ny Saved



Hel­lo carv­ing friends -

As I write this, it is Con­gress Week 2012 — that week of far-rang­ing activ­i­ty that sur­rounds the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress. What bet­ter time to revis­it the win­ners of the 2011 IWC?

If you are a Face­book mem­ber, take time to vis­it the Carvers’ Companion/Woodcarver List Face­book group. This pro­vides a place on FB for carvers to post carv­ing pho­tos and to chat about carv­ing; it also serves as a com­pan­ion to the Wood­carv­er List­serv. Come on by for a vis­it! Click HERE or on Face­book search for “Wood­carv­er List”

In this issue:

IWC 2011 Gallery fea­tur­ing the fine phtog­ra­phy of Marc Feath­er­ly

The Swim­suit Sale by “Ol’ Don” Biurgdorf

Pete LeClair’s Can­vas Back Rabean

Part 2 of Find­ing and Col­lect­ing Cot­ton­wood Bark by Alex Bis­so

.… and more!


Call For Front Page Carv­ing Pho­tos We’re always look­ing for great pho­tos of great carv­ings for the front page of WOM. If you’d like your pho­to to be con­sid­ered, send it on in. Please include the back sto­ry, mate­r­i­al and fin­ish info, size, etc. Send to womed­i­tor AT

Arti­cles and sug­ges­tions for arti­cles are always wel­come. Feel free to send sug­ges­tions and request. For infor­ma­tion on sub­mit­ting arti­cles for pub­li­ca­tion, click HERE.

WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Edi­tor Matt Kel­ley

Carve On!

Matt Kel­ley

From Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Canvas Back Rabean

Pete LeClair’s project this issue fea­tures the great box­er Can­vas Back Rabean:


Can­vas Back Rabean — click for larg­er image


Can­vas Back Rabean Pat­tern — click for larg­er view

Pete LeClair is a well-known carv­er and teacher, author of three carv­ing books and a mem­ber of the Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca. You may learn more about Pete at his page on the CCA web site. Be sure to tour the rest of the CCA pages when you have a moment. In addi­tion, you may email Pete at pet­ele­clair AT Pho­tos copy­right 2001 — 2012 by Pete LeClair.

This pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use only; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten per­mis­sion.

From Ol’ Don’s Drawing Table

From “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf continues his regular series of patterns for WOM with the Swimware Sale.

To print the pat­tern, click here; the pat­tern will open in a new win­dow, and should print on 8.5 x 11 paper. For Print­ing Hints, click here.



Ol’ Don” Burgdorf is a carv­er and artist from Hohen­wald, TN. Don’s fea­ture “Doo­dles ‘n Notes for Carvin’ Folks” appears reg­u­lar­ly in Chip Chats, and his pat­terns are now found in each issue of WOM and Carv­ing Mag­a­zine. He has sev­er­al pat­tern port­fo­lios on a vari­ety of sub­jects avail­able for down­load from his web­site. For infor­ma­tion about the port­fo­lios and oth­er cus­tom ser­vices Don pro­vides carvers, click here. Some of Don’s “Chat­ter­ing Chip­pers” pat­terns can also be seen at the Woodcarver’s Porch pat­tern page.

Ol’ Don now has rough­outs avail­able for some of his pat­terns. You are invit­ed to vis­it Ol’ Don’s home page, or email him at ol’don AT

Copy­right 2011–2012 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten per­mis­sion.

IWC 2011 Report

The 2011 International Woodcarvers Congress

Photography by Marc Featherly, Normal, IL

The Affil­i­at­ed Wood Carvers (AWC) is a non-prof­it cor­po­ra­tion which pro­motes the fine art of wood carv­ing through spon­sor­ship of the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress, a week-long event held each year dur­ing the third full week of June in Iowa. Con­gress Week includes the annu­al com­pe­ti­tion and show, a series of relat­ed carv­ing sem­i­nars, the Annu­al Ban­quet, and the Annu­al AWC Mem­ber­ship Meet­ing.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Con­gress is open to any­one inter­est­ed in wood­carv­ing. Par­tic­i­pants are required to be mem­bers of AWC, which costs $15.00 for an annu­al mem­ber­ship ($20.00 for­eign.) AWC mem­ber­ship includes infor­ma­tion­al newslet­ters, dis­count admis­sion to the exhib­it area dur­ing Con­gress Week with your mem­ber­ship card, access to the sem­i­nars and com­pe­ti­tion, and a copy of the annu­al pic­to­r­i­al Show Report.


The Annu­al Com­pe­ti­tion

The Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress includes over 100 sep­a­rate cat­e­gories in the judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion and is the longest run­ning, most pres­ti­gious, com­pet­i­tive­ly judged wood­carv­ing show in exis­tence. It fea­tures exhibits from all over the Unit­ed States, Cana­da, and often some coun­tries over­seas. Cash awards and prizes have totaled over $17,000 year­ly in past events.

Com­pe­ti­tion is open to all lev­els of carvers in any age cat­e­go­ry. Mem­ber­ship to AWC is nec­es­sary to com­pete in the show, except for carvers 18 or younger.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the AWC web site at

The 2011 Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ners Gallery — Pho­tos By Mark Feath­er­ly: Click HERE

Out and About At The Con­gress -

Can­did pho­tos from Con­gress Week By Mark Feath­er­ly:

The Class­es — Click HERE

The Banquet — Click HERE

Around Con­gress — Click HERE

At the Show — Click HERE