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

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 “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.