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