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IWC 2013 Winner Galleries

2013 International Woodcarvers Congress

Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show winner: “Questions & Answer Equally, Profound”

I always approach the assembly of the photo gallery for the International Woodcarver Congress with a mix of trepidation and wonder;  trepidation about the amount of work I know I have ahead of me, and wonder at the fantastic carvings I know I’m going to see as I edit the galleries.  The 2013 IWC Gallery was no exception, starting with Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show winner.   This edition has some 264 photos (twice that number if you count the thumbnails) of some of the best carving you will see anywhere.  In the galleries you’ll find 159 of photographer Marc Featherly‘s excellent studio photos of the winners at IWC 2013, including more photos of the Best of Show winner.

In addition to the gallery of the prize-winning carvings, you’ll also find Marc’s candid photos from the Classes, Award Banquet, the Judges critique session, the Show floor, and other photos around and about during Congress.

As always, the photos in the winner’s gallery are clickable, and will take you to much larger versions of these great carvings.  (Much larger then you’ll see in any paper publication.)  The large photos will afford you the opportunity to really look at the winners in detail.

To visit the galleries, in the menu bar above click on WOM, then on The Galleries menu item, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

Carving A 1930’s Street Scene – Behind The Scenes!

StreetScenev3Ever wonder what goes into carving and assembling a massive project like the Caricature Carvers Of America (CCA) 1930’s Street Scene?   Well, now is your chance to find out.  The CCA folks have kindly shared with us a set of behind-the-scenes photos taken when the group gathered to assemble the building and figures created for the project.  To see the entire gallery, in the menu bar above click WOM, then The Galleries, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

Carving a 1930s Street Scene – The Book

Carving a 1930s Street Scene, A New Book by the Caricature Carvers of America

Bob Travis, Randy Landen, Sandy Smith and Jack A. & Carole Williams


Twenty-nine active and emeritus members of the Caricature Carvers of America are pleased to present a photographic excursion down a typical 1930s street, complete with caricature renditions of 11 period buildings and over 100 caricature woodcarvings.  Street vendors, ladies, firemen, cops, bank robbers, dogs, an old cowboy from a bygone era, a hobo sleeping on a bench, and many other relics from the past are represented in this scene.  From a garage at one end of the street, to a three-story building under construction at the other end, this scene represents downtown America during the Great Depression. This book comes complete with  detailed instructions for carving a fireman, plus painting and finishing tips and techniques offered by CCA members.  Helpful tips on designing caricature carvings through sketching, clay models, mannequins, and Internet searches are provided, along with patterns for many of the carvings in the scene.

The idea for a 1930s street scene as the CCA’s next book project was discussed as early as 2010.  In late 2011, at our annual meeting in Boise, ID, we decided to move forward with the venture.  At an impromptu meeting and group discussion on a street scene, it became apparent there was strong interest in the idea.  Within a few minutes people were volunteering to create a variety of specific buildings.  Our secretary began a list, and in a short time 11 buildings were claimed by members.  Some buildings were constructed by one member, others by groups of two or more. Those not working on buildings carved figures and ancillary pieces to fill out the specific scenes.

We’re frequently asked, “How do you coordinate a project of this magnitude?”  The simple answer is, “We don’t.”  Most of us are separated by great distances and don’t have an opportunity to work together during the year.  We agree on a theme, set the scale, return home and work individually on the project until the next annual meeting.  In this case, those not working on specific buildings had the advantage of knowing what structures would be included in the project, and could carve figures and accessories specifically designed for a given building or scene.  Finally, we scheduled a work day in conjunction with our annual meeting to set up the project.  Members brought their contributions and we spent the day finalizing the placement of the figures and buildings.  After several hours of arranging, rearranging, and then rearranging again, the project was finished.  We took reference photos, made some notes, and called it a day.

For additional information, including how to order this book visit the CCA website at or click HERE