Archive for September 2014

September/October 2014 WOM

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine Volume 18 Issue 5

2014 International Woodcarvers Congress. Award winning carvings.

2014 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Congress

View of  Mem­o­riesby Ger­ald Lesch

First in Group T — Mina­tures; First in Class 1003 — Oth­er; Flex­cut Cre­ativ­i­ty Award 

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Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

We are pleased to bring you anoth­er issue of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  Part 1 of this issue includes an impor­tant announce­ment about changes com­ing to WOM, changes that I am sure will be wel­comed by many of our readers.

In this issue:

Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: The Whit­tler

Pete LeClair: The Sea Captain

What’s  Com­ing to WOM

Call For Pho­tos - 2014 San­ta Gallery

Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On Updat­ed — over a dozen events just added!

Notes From The Net 2.0

Let’s Talk Carv­ing, with Susan Alexan­der

Review — Carv­ing & Paint­ing Christ­mas Orna­ments, by Bet­ty Padden

And more!

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.


WOM Editor Matt Kelley

WOM Edi­tor Matt Kelley


Matt Kel­ley



Changes Are Coming to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Friends in Carving -

A while ago I post­ed a teas­er mes­sage in the Wood­carv­er List Face­book group about changes com­ing to the Carvers’ Com­pan­ion and Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine (W.O.M.)   Well, the time have come to announce the changes!

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Susan Alexan­der — “Let’s Talk Carving”

First, I am very pleased to announce that Susan Alexan­der will be bring­ing her very pop­u­lar col­umn, Let’s Talk Carv­ing, to the pages of  Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  Her col­umn will appear once a month (twice each issue of WOM) start­ing in Octo­ber.  Susan had a huge fol­low­ing in print, and I am excit­ed to have her join W.O.M, where her writ­ing can have much greater imme­di­a­cy and she can more quick­ly respond to ques­tions from read­ers.   You may view Susan’s back arti­cles on her per­son­al blog at    You may email Susan with ques­tions or com­ments for her col­umn at   Please wel­come Susan to and pass on the word to all your carv­ing friends.

Sec­ond, I am also pleased to announce that Notes From The Net will be return­ing to the pages of WOM soon.    In the hey­day of the list­serv-based mail groups, NFTN aggre­gat­ed the best ques­tions and answers from the Wood­carv­er List and sev­er­al oth­er groups.   The updat­ed ver­sion of NFTN will aggre­gate the best posts from the Wood­carv­er List Face­book group and oth­er lead­ing Face­book groups, with selec­tions from Wood­carv­ing 101 — The Joy of Wood­carv­ing  and the Inter­na­tion­al Fish Carvers & Painters Asso­ci­a­tion.   Because arti­cles in WOM are indexed and search­able, it should be much eas­i­er to search for that great time you read 2 or 3 months ago, com­pared to scrolling through months of posts in your favorite Face­book group.

.  The first arti­cle will appear in Part II of this issue of WOM in ear­ly October.


From Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s The Mex­i­can


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 The Whit­tler

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.