Archive for July 2013

July/August 2013 WOM


Welcome to the July/August issue of Woodcarver Online Magazine

Our Front Page photo this issue is:

Uncle Sam

Bob Cisko, Jacksonville, FL

9″ x 4″ 


Bob Cisko’s Uncle Sam

Hello, Friends in Carving –

Here in North America, summer carving roundups and instructional events seem to be happening everywhere.   These events are a great opportunity to pick up knife and wood, meet other carvers and take some classes.   They are also an opportunity to introduce others to our wonderful art and craft.  If you are going to one of these events, you might invite that friend, neighbor, or grandchild who has shown an interest in your carving.

Work continues on converting sections of the old Carvers’ Companion web site to our new format.  The Vendor Files have been recently updated and revamped;  they continue to be your best one-stop source for finding vendors of tools and material.  Just hover your cursor over The Files in the top menu bar and click on Vendor Files to visit.

In this issue –

Available now:

Bob Cisko’s Uncle Sam

Jack Proseilo’s Soap Carving Toolkits

Pete LeClair’s Larry

“Ol’ Don’s Drawing Table:  Pills

Coming soon

Profile:  Sampa Lhundup

Dan Blair on Fish Painting

Book Review

And more . . .


WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Editor Matt Kelley


Matt Kelley



Uncle Sam

Bob Cisko sketched out this unique Uncle Sam several years ago, then put the sketch aside until recently.  The finished basswood carving is 9 inches tall by 4 inches wide.  The pointing arm is an add-on, as are the flag and staff.  The flag is aluminum flashing, cut to 1-1/8” by 2-1/4”, light sanded and painted prior to the waves being added.  The flag was then fastened to the dowel with epoxy.   The photo gallery includes views of all four sides, as well as a pattern and sketch.

Uncle Sam Front

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BobCiskoPhotoBob (Moose) Cisko has been interested in art and cartooning all of his life.  He got his first taste of woodcarving in 1999 while on a family outing to Dollywood, which included a carving exhibit and show.  This, as Bob puts it, “lit a fire.”  Further encouraged by his wife Peggy, Bob started carving and was hooked forever.

A move from Tennessee back to Maxville, FL and several back surgeries forced him to set aside carving for a while, but with his wife’s encouragement, Bob once again picked up his knives and has barely put them down since.

Bob is mostly self-taught, but has been influenced by carvers such as Gary Falin, Phil and Vickie Bishop, Chris Hammack and other CCA members.  He has been truly inspired by the work of Lynn Doughty.

Bob’s advice to others about this wonderful hobby of woodcarving?  “Never give up and don’t worry about mistakes.  I have learned through many a trial-n-error, to find a place where I am comfortable.  Remember to keep your knives and gouges sharp, and practice, practice, practice.”

To visit Bob’s woodcarving Facebook page, click HERE.


Soap Carving Toolkits

While visiting a yard sale recently, Jack Proseilo noticed two little tool boxes – and the light went on!  Why not make carving kits for the two grandsons that would be visiting for Renezvous in August?  Jack cut several lengths of 5/8” hardwood dowel into 5″ lengths and started shaping tools.   The list of tools soon expanded to seven, including a v-tool, veiner, flat chisel, skew, several more gouges and a knife.  He used Deft to finish as well as harden the edges.  The little go-bys were designed using the dimensions of a full or half-block of bar soap.   Jack notes that, “If we are to promote our passion why not start young.”


Jack gives credit to Janet Bolyard, who has done much to promote soap carving amongst the younger crowd that attends the Desert Wood Carving Show (sponsored by the Arizona Wood Carvers and the Grand Canyon Wood Carvers).  It is a popular attraction at the show; the kits used there include a bar of soap and three wooden tools designed by Jim Sublet



ProseiloPhotoJack Proseilo is a resident of West Kelowna, BC, Canada.  After selling their business 16 years ago, his wife suggested he find a hobby.   Inspired by a stylized bird carved by an in-law, Jack joined the Arizona Wood Carvers.   He has taken classees with with Dave Rushlo and Dave Stetson, and been inspired by the work of Tom Ellis of Spokane.


Jack is a member of the National Wood Carvers, Arizona Wood Carvers, and the Grand Canyon Carvers.  He and his wife Elaine and another couple are the moving force behind the Okanagan Carvers Retreat held in West Kalowna each August.   Jack notes that as a carver he has met and been inspired by many great people, and his only hope is that “ . . . I have and will inspire others to promote this great pastime.”

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

OlDonFrom “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Pills

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 2011-2013 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pattern may be copied for individual use; reproduction for resale is prohibited without express written permission.

From Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s project this issue features Davin




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 – 2013 by Pete LeClair.

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