Archive for November 2015

November/December 2015 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine Volume 19 Issue 6

2015 International Woodcarvers Congress

Group B, Relief Carving

1st in Class 206 – Mythical/Santa Relief 

Father Christmas 

Nancy L. Olson, Altoona , WI

17 x 13 x 3

Hello, Friends in Carving

Welcome to the final issue of WOM for 2015.  This issue will wrap up 19 years of publication and we’ll start our 20th year with the January/February 2016 issue.  Twenty Years is a big deal, so we are going to be celebrating throughout the year.  Lots of ideas rattling around in the ol’ brain pan, but we are always open to suggests for way to celebrate this milestone.  Feel free to use the contact form on the About page, or email me at womeditor AT comcast DOT net.

It was my intent to publish the IWC 2015 Winners gallery in the October portion of the September/October issue;  however, computer software update issues put my desktop machine on the sidelines for a week or so.   Directly that was resolved, a seriously ill West Highland White Terrier (that allows us to share “his” domain) occupied a lot of our time, energy and resources (read $$).   I’m happy to report that the Westie, name of Jack, is recovering nicely, and we are finally back on track with time to work on this publication and even carve a bit.

Speaking of the IWC Winners – there were some extraordinary carvings in the competition this year.  I’m glad that I didn’t have to choose between the three Best of Show carvings.  Rick Harney’s Spunk is as fine a relief carving as you’ll ever see.  (It was a good year for Rick; he took first, second and third in the Relief Carving group.)    David Seagraves’s Artemis is a life-size carving of the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness.  Air O’Smith, by Terry Brasher, is a caricature carving that can’t help but make you smile.  Make sure you check out these and all the other winners in the IWC ’15 Galleries.  Don’t forget that all of the small images are clickable links that will take you to a much larger view of the carving, with far more detail than any print magazine.

In this issue:

  • Photo Gallery International Woodcarver Congress 2015 Winners
  • Ol’ Don’s Drawing Table: Red or White
  • Pete LeClair: Carving On The Corner
  • Last Call For Photos – Santa Gallery 2015
  • An Update – Susan Alexander’s Let’s Talk Carving
  • Events, Happenings and Goings-On Updated

Coming up around the First of December:

  • The Santa Gallery
  • Book ReviewConcepts To Caricatures – Celebrating 25 Years of Caricature Carving
  • Notes From The Net

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



Photo by Marc Featherly at IWC ’14

Matt Kelley


International Woodcarvers Congress 2015 Winner Galleries

Rick Harney's Best of Show winner at the 2015 International Woodcarvers Congress.

Rick Harney’s Best of Show winner at the 2015 International Woodcarvers Congress.

Assembling the photo gallery for the International Woodcarver Congress Winners has always been the greatest amount of work of any single article in WOM, but I know I’ll be working with great photos of great carvings.  The 2015 IWC Gallery was no exception, starting with Rick Harney’s Best of Show winner.   This edition has some 296 photos (twice that number if you count the thumbnails) including some of the best carvings you will see anywhere.  In the winner galleries you’ll find 162 of photographer Marc Featherly‘s excellent studio photos of the winners at IWC 2015, 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, 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!

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

OlDonFrom “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

“Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Red or White?


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 in past issues of Carving Magazine. Some of Don’s “Chattering Chippers” patterns can also be seen at the Woodcarver’s Porch pattern page.

Copyright 2011-2015 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pattern may be copied for individual use; reproduction for resale is prohibited without express written permission.

From Pete LeClair – Carving On The Corner

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Carving On The Corner


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 – 2015 by Pete LeClair.

This pattern may be copied for individual use only; reproduction for resale is prohibited without express written permission.

Susan Alexander’s “Let’s Talk Carving” Update

Susan bio shot    Susan Alexander and Let’s Talk Carving Are On Hiatus!






Hello everyone!  Susan Alexander is taking a few months away from writing Let’s Talk Carving.  We expect her and Let’s Talk Carving to return in the new year.  We’ll let you know as soon as a return date is confirmed.  Until then, you may continue to submit questions and comments using the form below (but please don’t expect an answer right away).



Call for Photos: Santa Gallery ’15


Santa Carving sign by Tim Berry


UPDATE –  the due date to submit photos of your Santa/seasonal carvings has been extended to the end of November.   Please submit as soon as possible.

The Annual Santa Gallery will once again grace the pages of November/December issue of WOM. You are invited to submit photos of favorite Santas or other seasonal item you’ve carved in the last 12 to 18 months.

Submissions should be sent to womeditorATcomcastDOTnet; alternately, you may send a link to a gallery such as Flickr that stores files at their original size.

Please include the following information with your high quality photos:

Title of Carving

Size (approx)



About the design:

  • From your own design?
  • Carved in a class led by . . .
  • Inspired by a design by . . .
  • From a rough out by . . .
  • From a pattern by . . .
  • Etc . . .

 Submissions due no later than November 30


Questions, queries, posers? Send email to womeditorATcomcastDOTnet