Archive for January 2014

January/February 2014 WOM


Our Front Page photo this issue is:

2013 International Woodcarvers Congress

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Carved by Bruce Burkholder, Madison, OH

Photo by Marc Featherly

First in Class 703 (combining two or more elements from the group) – Fish, Aquatic Creatures, Amphibians, Reptiles and Dinosaurs,

2013 International Woodcarver Congress

Hello, Friends in Carving –

 One of the rewards for a life of work is retirement from the work-a-day world, and the ability to spend that former work time on the things that your really want to do – like more carving, learning to draw, teaching, doing more clay practice pieces, sorting out web sites – and migrating out of the Frozen North to warmer climes for a few months.  As it turns out, it was worth the work.  If you can’t visit somewhere warmer, I hope you find time to keep working at our shared art and craft.

In this issue – and available now:

Photo Gallery:  Carv-Fest ’13

Photo Gallery:  Desiree Hajny Carvings

“Ol’ Don’s Drawing Table:  Kiss The Cook

Pete LeClair: Egard

Ask Joe: Carving Videos

Dale Zarella: Poetry – I Love The Wood

New Resource Files – The Video Files

Coming up in Part 2:

Dan Blair on Playing With Fire

Review:  Twisted Taters by Steve DuBridge

In Future issues

Photo Gallery:  Gathering of Woodcarvers Reunion ’13

Photo Gallery:  2013 Husky Cup

Photo Gallery: International Woodcarvers Congress 2013


WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Editor Matt Kelley


Matt Kelley



Carv-Fest 2013 Gallery

Carv-Fest, held annually in Faribault, MN,  is an event that attracts some of the best instructors around.   The feature artist at Carv-Fest 2013 was Desiree Hajny; you may view some of Desiree’s work in the photo gallery elsewhere in this issue of WOM.   The featured artist for Carv-Fest 2-14 will be Vic Hood, from Fairfield, TN.   “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf was also an instructor at Carv-Fest 2013, and he and Sandie Burgdorf provided the photos for the gallery.   To view the gallery, click HERE, or in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on WOM then select Galleries from the pull-down menu.

Carv-Fest 2014 is scheduled for August 7-9 in Faribault; classes are filling now, so plan to attend register soon.

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Desiree Hajny Galley

Desiree Hajny -03Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE, was the featured artist at Carv-Fest ’13.  She is a well know artist, teacher and author, and has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985. Her work has garnered twenty-four best-of-show honors, over one hundred fifty first place awards, and eighteen people’s choice awards.

Desiree was a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America and the first female. In April of 2003 Desiree was the third recipient of the Wood Carving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year award, which is presented annually to national and international carvers.

To view more of the carvings she had on exhibit at Carv-Fest ’13,  click HERE, or in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on WOM then select Galleries from the pull-down menu.

Photos provided by “Ol’ Don” and Sandie Burgdorf.

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

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 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Kiss The Cook

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

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Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Egard




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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.

“I Love The Wood” – Poetry By Dale Zarella

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“The Mermaid”, by Dale Zarella


It speaks to me with Silence

And in its Depth

It understands me.


It its Wisdom

It connects me

To a Source deep within.


Through its Mystery

It speaks to me

Sharing my thoughts.


In our Journey,

It guides me

With vision to see.


In its timeless Beauty

It inspires me

With Joy to set it free.


-Dale Zarella


Dale Zarella is an accomplished artist who lives in Kihei, Hawaii.  On his Facebook page, Dale lists his employments as “Willing Slave at Sculptor.”    Visit his Facebook page HERE to see more of Dale’s work and several videos about him and his work.

Ask Joe – Carving Videos

Ask Joe on WOM – Free Video Instruction

JoeDI haven’t written an Ask Joe article since I retired from the business of carving about 6 years ago. Since retirement I carve and do other forms of art for my enjoyment.

In October 2013 I traveled to Jackson Hole, WY, to teach woodcarving to wounded veterans. It is because of these classes and the need for beginners to get instructions on woodcarving, that I made some instructional videos. In the future I plan on making more videos as needed.

Recently I discussed, with Matt Kelly (owner and editor of WOM),  about making these videos available through WOM. There are 19 woodcarving videos so far. To view or download the videos, just click HERE. then click on Woodcarving at the top of the front page. You will find four videos are on sharpening; a couple on the basics of carving and a number on various projects.

If you view the videos, I would love to hear your comments and suggestions for future videos .

Enjoy the journey of woodcarving,

Joe Dillett, The Carving Shop


Editor’s Note – Links to Joe’s videos may also be found in the Resource Files, under Video Files.  Click The Files in the menu bar at the top of the page, then Video Files in the drop down menu.

New Resource File – The Video Files

With the increasing popularity of web-based video, such as YouTube, Vimeo and Shutterfly, we have seen an increase in free and for-fee carving videos, some self-produced and some professionally produced.  What the self-produced videos may lack in camera work and editing is often more then offset by the quality of the instruction and low/no cost.

In recognition of this growing instructional resource, a new curated section for videos has been added to the Woodcarver Resource Files.  To visit this new resource,  click The Files in the menu bar at the top of the page, then Video Files in the resulting drop down menu.

Once there, you will find a few initial resources, and a form to suggest your favorite video for inclusion in the collection.   With your help, we can make this a most robust collection of links to quality instruction videos.