Archive for March 2014

March-April 2014 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine Volume 18 Issue 2



Stetson02 Dave Stet­son — Best of Show — Open at the 2014 Desert Wood­carv­ing Show

Bass­wood, 20″ tall

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Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

The first sev­er­al arti­cles for the March/April 2014 issue of WOM are now avail­able .  You’ll find them fol­low­ing this article.

In this issue — and avail­able now:

Pho­to Gallery:  Gath­er­ing of Wood­carvers Reunion ’13

Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: The Orig­i­nal Birdwatcher

Cana­di­an Carvapalooza

Pete LeClair: Stan­ley

Steve Prescott on Devel­op­ing Patterns

Update to Car­i­ca­ture Name TagsClub Project by Jim Oehmke

Com­ing soon:

Carv­ing The CCA 1930’s Street Scene — Behind The Scenes

Pho­to Gallery: Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress 2013


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WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Edi­tor Matt Kelley


Matt Kel­ley



Gathering of Woodcarvers Reunion


GOW Pig Designed and Carved by “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf

It start­ed out as the Great Pig Out (GPO), a sup­posed one-time event to gath­er togeth­er wood carvers, roast a pig, and ben­e­fit the local Boy Scout troop in the sum­mer of 1999.   Host­ed by Joe Dil­lett at The Carv­ing Shop in Somonauk, IL, the event was fol­lowed by anoth­er GPO, and then even­tu­al­ly mor­phed into the Gath­er­ing Of Wood­carvers (GOW).   After sev­er­al iter­a­tions, Joe and his sup­port staff decid­ed to take a break from the mas­sive chore of host­ing the GOW, but is was decid­ed to have a GOW reunion in the sum­mer of 2013.  In addi­tion to gath­er­ing wood­carvers, it also served as an excuse to plan a roast of “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf, to hon­or his many years of pro­mot­ing wood­carv­ing to the world.  Based on the pho­tos, a great time was had by all.  Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ol’ Don, and to Joe Dil­lett and his staff for anoth­er great event.

To read more and see pho­tos from the orig­i­nal GPO, click HERE.   To view a slide show from the 2013 GOW Reunion, click HERE or click WOM, then Gal­leries in the menu bar at the top of this page.

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

OlDonFrom “Ol’ Don” Draw­ing Table

 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents The Orig­i­nal Birdwatcher

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.

Canadian Carvapalooza

Do you love the smell of saw­dust and the sound of chain­saws, with your hand wrapped around a cup of steam­ing hot cof­fee on a brac­ing spring day in south­ern Ontario?  If so, then you should plan on head­ing over to the town of Muirkirk, Ontario for five days of fun watch­ing over 30 chain­saw carvers from around the world do their thing at the 6th Annu­al Cana­di­an Car­va­palooza, April 9th to 13th, 2014.  Each carv­er will be pro­duc­ing one to five major pieces dur­ing the event.  In addi­tion, there are one hour speed carves on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.  All of the art­work pro­duced will be auc­tioned off on Sunday.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Car­va­palooza web page HERE 

From Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Stan­ley

Stanley B.S. 01

Stanley B.S. 02

Stanley B.S. Patt

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.

Developing Patterns

Developing Patterns

by Stephen H. Prescott


In my opin­ion, the main rea­son wood­carv­ing is not con­sid­ered true art by some is because most of us copy pat­terns and sub­jects from oth­er carvers.  Much of our carv­ing work would be like enter­ing a store bought paint-by-num­bers paint­ing in an art show.  Art must be orig­i­nal, not copies.

I am often asked how I devel­op a pat­tern for an orig­i­nal carv­ing.  They all begin as rough sketch­es or doo­dles of an idea.  There is very lit­tle detail, just a lot of pos­si­ble ideas.  Not all ideas will be used but if I don’t write it down it will be lost.

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I use var­i­ous mod­els to work out pat­terns from these sketch­es.  The first mod­el is a 12”, 1/6 scale, Male Action Fig­ure that I got on Ebay.  It has 35 to 40 artic­u­lat­ed joints which allows for many dif­fer­ent pos­es.  It’s fair­ly expen­sive for a mod­el ($60-$200) depen­dent on the options.

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Prescott 05A cheap­er alter­na­tive is a Spi­der Man that I got at Toys­RUs for $10-$12.  Mine keep dis­ap­pear­ing and I have to pur­chase new ones.  (I think my grand­sons are prime suspects.)








Prescott 06I also use move­able paper manikins that I made in 8”, 10” and 12” sizes.  These are in car­i­ca­ture pro­por­tions rather than real­is­tic.  If you want to make your own, Lynn Doughty has a video on his blog, on how he makes his paper manikins.  (For pho­tos click HERE.)





Prescott 07I also have sev­er­al plas­tic mod­els pur­chased from an art sup­ply.  They are 6” and 13”.  They are more real­is­tic in proportion.

Once I have the pat­tern worked out, I draw/transfer the pat­tern to quar­ter inch grid paper.  I draw the front and side view next to each oth­er to make sure that both sides match.  If it’s a pat­tern that I plan to make mul­ti­ples of, I use a felt tip pen to draw the pat­tern on clear plas­tic or card­board.  The pat­tern is then trans­ferred to the block of wood.  I cut out the pat­tern on the band saw.  I cut on the out­side of the lines to leave plen­ty of wood to play with.  Don’t be con­cerned about every lit­tle detail on the cut out.  I pre­fer to have the free­dom to mod­i­fy carv­ings from the same pattern.

I hope this helps you devel­op your own pat­terns.  If you need more info or have a com­ment you can con­tact me at:

Email:   —    Web­site:    —    Face­book:  Cow­town Carv­ing Comapny

Edi­tors Note — Steve Prescott is a long time carv­er and instruc­tor, and a found­ing mem­ber of the Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of America.

Caricature Name Tags — Update

Look­ing for a fun and use­ful project for your club?   How about these car­i­ca­ture name tags carved by Jim Oehmke for mem­bers of the Friends Carv­ing Club, Port Orange, FL  For your club, each mem­ber could carve their own, or per­haps one or two mem­bers might take on the task for a small fee for each carving.

JO Nametags

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JO Nametags 03The name tags were carved in bass­wood using a vari­a­tion of Pete LeClair’s “carv­ing on a cor­ner” method­ol­o­gy.  Names are drawn on with a sten­cil and then burned.  The tags are secured to shirt or jack­et with sev­er­al rare-earth mag­nets on a strip of met­al, which stick to sev­er­al short wood screws set in the back of the carving.

LeClair COC KitInter­est­ed in learn­ing more about Pete LeClair’s “carv­ing on a cor­ner” method­ol­o­gy?  A kit is avail­able with two cast­ings, two pre­cut pieces of bass­wood, and an instruc­tion CD.  Avail­able exclu­sive­ly from Smoky Moun­tain Wood­carv­er Sup­ply.  Click HERE for more information.

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Carv­er On!

Matt Kel­ley