Archive for January 2014

January/February 2014 WOM


Our Front Page pho­to this issue is:

2013 International Woodcarvers Congress

See Bait

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

Pete LeClair

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.