Archive for November 2013

November/December 2013 WOM


Our Front Page pho­to this issue is:

Win­ter’s List

Carved by Teri Embrey


Win­ter’s List”, by Teri Embrey

Hel­lo, Friends in Carving -

The Christ­mas sea­son is almost upon us, but there is still plen­ty of time to do some carv­ings for gifts or sea­son­al orna­ments.   Lots of ideas in this issue for San­tas and oth­er orna­ments if you are look­ing for ideas.

Artistry in Wood, the annu­al two day carv­ing show host­ed by the Day­ton Carvers Guild was anoth­er won­der­ful event.  I ‘m hap­py I was able to chat with some of you there this year.   It’s a great show, and one that should be on your cal­en­dar to attend.  We’ll have some pho­tos from the 2013 show in the January/February issue of WOM; but in the mean­time, this issue con­tains addi­tion­al can­did pho­tos from the 2012 event, pro­vid­ed by “Ol’ Don” and Sandie Burgdorf.

In this issue — and avail­able now:

2013 San­ta Gallery

Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table:  San­ta Ornament

Pete LeClair: San­ta

Randy George:  Step-by-step pho­tos of carv­ing a San­ta from a half-log

More Pho­tos from Artistry in Wood 2012

Com­ing up:

Dan Blair on Carving

Pho­to Gallery:  Gath­er­ing of Wood­carvers Reunion ’13

Pho­to Gallery:  Carv-Fest ’13

Pho­to Gallery:  Desiree Hajny Carvings

Joe Dil­lett: Carv­ing Videos

Pho­to Gallery:  2013 Husky Cup


WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Edi­tor Matt Kelley


Matt Kel­ley



Santa Gallery 2013

Santa Gallery 2013


San­ta Carv­ing sign by Tim Berry

Wel­come to the Annu­al San­ta Gallery pre­sent­ing the San­ta and sea­son­al carv­ings sub­mit­ted by the read­ers of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.

Click the links below to vis­it the Gallery pages; when com­plete, close the Gallery win­dow to return here.

San­ta Gallery Page One

San­ta Gallery Page Two

San­ta Gallery Page Three


Step-by-Step Santa From A Basswood Log

Randy George shares his step-by-step pho­tos of his carv­ing of a large San­ta face.

The carv­ing start­ed out as half of a bass­wood log. George roughed out with mal­let tools and fin­ished with hand tools. The carv­ing mea­sures 13″ long by 7 1/2″ wide and 5″ thick. It was paint­ed using acrylic wash­es and sealed with a light coat of Deft lac­quer.   Vis­it Randy George’s blog here:  george­wood­carv­ing.


From Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s project this issue fea­tures San­ta





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.

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

OlDonFrom “Ol’ Don” Draw­ing Table

 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Stock­ing Stuff­ing Santa

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.

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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.

Artistry in Wood 2012 Casual Photo Gallery

Artistry in Wood 2013 is over and it was anoth­er great show.   We’ll have some casu­al pho­tos from the 2013 event in the January/February issue of WOM.   Until then, here’s a look back at the 2012 edition.

Ol’ Don” and Sandie Burgdor­f’s casu­al pho­tos from AIW 2012 — 2012 Day­ton Carvers Guild Artistry in Wood Casu­al Pho­tos — click HERE or vis­it the WOM Gal­leries page and click on the appro­pri­ate link.