Archive for July 2016

July-August 2016 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine Volume 20 Issue 4

2015 Artistry in Wood, Dayton carving show. Competition winners.

Detail — Air O’Smith 

Ter­ry Brash­er, Peters­burg, TN

Best of Show, Artistry In Wood 2015

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to the forth issue in the 20th year of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.

The main fea­tures in this issue are the show report and pho­to gallery for Artistry in Wood 2015.  There were some won­der­ful carv­ings in that edi­tion of AIW and I’m sure you will enjoy the pho­tos tak­en by Marc Fatherly.

Reminder:  AIW will have a date and loca­tion change in 2016.  For more infor­ma­tion see the show report in this issue or click the link on the AIW entry on the Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On page

In this issue:

  • AIW 2015 Show Report
  • Pho­to Gallery - AIW 2015 Winners
  • Pho­to Gallery — AIW 2015 Casu­al Pho­tos and Guest Artist Vic Hood
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Burg­er Bon Vivant
  • Pete LeClair: Mr Scraps
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

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


Artistry in Wood 2015 — Show Report

AN ORIGINAL ~ Dayton Artistry in Wood

By Don Mertz

Artistry In Wood is the orig­i­nal show by that name, first used in 1981 with its found­ing show. Day­ton Carvers Guild estab­lished a com­mit­tee to plan their first wood­carv­ing show.  Car­ol Kunz sug­gest­ed the name Artistry in Wood for the show’s name as an over­all descrip­tion of the kind of show the com­mit­tee would devel­op.  The pur­pose of Artistry in Wood is to plan and pro­vide the “best” carv­ing show expe­ri­ence for exhibitors, ven­dors and vis­i­tors alike by main­tain­ing the high qual­i­ties reflect­ing an “art show” ded­i­cat­ed to wood. From the begin­ning the “plan” also includ­ed that a char­i­ty should also ben­e­fit from the pro­ceeds of the show.

Artistry in Wood is very unique in the world of carv­ing shows in that its pro­ceeds pri­mar­i­ly ben­e­fit Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, which is a local char­i­ty in the Day­ton area, along with Part­ners Against Crime.  Since that first show, Artistry in Wood has con­tributed over $145,000.00 to charities.

Oth­er shows may use this catchy title for their carv­ing show but there is none that equals the ORIGINAL Artistry in Wood.  The 2015 show dis­play area was expand­ed to accom­mo­date 18 addi­tion­al exhibitors who would have oth­er­wise remained on a wait­ing list.  Always plan­ning and work­ing to con­tin­ue this show of excel­lence, the AIW com­mit­tee is open to mak­ing inno­v­a­tive improve­ments for the ben­e­fit of exhibitors as well as vis­i­tors to the show.  We want to make each show a “once in a life time expe­ri­ence” that can be repeat­ed each year with an ongo­ing parade of mem­o­ries. Over 5,000 vis­i­tors expe­ri­enced the once in a life time expe­ri­ence of the 2015 show.

New Loca­tion and Date For 2016

As “An Orig­i­nal” Artistry in Wood con­tin­ues its tra­di­tion of excel­lence as it moves to a new loca­tion for the 2016 show.  The new loca­tion is the Roberts Cen­tre at exit 50 off Inter­state 71, half way between Colum­bus and Cincin­nati and approx­i­mat­ed 45 miles south east of the pre­vi­ous show loca­tion.  The rea­son for the move is because the Day­ton Inter­na­tion­al Air­port decid­ed to use the Expo Cen­ter for only air­port pur­pos­es.  The Roberts Cen­tre is large enough to accom­mo­date the size in which Artistry in Wood has grown to accom­mo­date the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and visitors.

The Roberts Cen­tre includes a Hol­i­day Inn with 115 rooms, a Max and Erma restau­rant, con­ces­sion ser­vices and ade­quate onsite park­ing. The con­ve­nience of loca­tion in an attrac­tive and spa­cious Roberts Grand Ball­room will be an invit­ing new loca­tion for the Day­ton Artistry in Wood Show.

The date for the 2016 show is Sep­tem­ber 3 and 4 (Labor Day week­end), the only avail­able open­ing for the com­ing year. The change of date and loca­tion may present some incon­ve­nience for par­tic­i­pants and vis­i­tors dur­ing this tran­si­tion time, but be assured that Artistry in Wood is still ded­i­cat­ed to main­tain­ing its orig­i­nal pur­pose of plan­ning and pro­vid­ing for the best and orig­i­nal wood­carv­ing and wood­work­ing show of its kind and ben­e­fit­ing its char­i­ty of choice.

Vic Hood was the Guest Artist of the 2015 show Spe­cial Exhib­it.  You’ll find a pho­to gallery of Vic and his work else­where in this issue of WOM.

The 2015 edi­tion of AIW had exhibitors from 24 dif­fer­ent states plus Cana­da along with over 5,000 vis­i­tors who came from all over the Unit­ed States as well as Cana­da to view the dis­play tables of 221 exhibitors and 26 ven­dors in 313 spaces.

AIW spon­sors a com­pe­ti­tion in the divi­sions of Wood­work­ing and Wood­carv­ing. There were 377 entries in the Wood­carv­ing divi­sion in 22 cat­e­gories con­tain­ing 65 class­es. The divi­sion of Wood­work­ing had 87 entries in 9 cat­e­gories con­tain­ing 23 classes.

The Best of Show win­ners in Wood­carv­ing were:

  • Ter­ry Brash­er from Peters­burg, TN., first
  • Steve Bureli­son from Brad­ford, OH, second
  • Kathy Mitchell from Wind­sor Ontario, Cana­da, third

Wood­work­ing Best of Show win­ners were:

  • Mark Waninger from Jamestown, IN, first
  • West­on Hirschfeld from New Bre­men, OH, second
  • Mike Allen from Belle­vue, OH, third

Judges of Wood­work­ing divi­sion were: Roger Hor­nung, Jim McCann and Lary Sanders and judges of Wood­carv­ing divi­sion were Al Ful­ford, Janet Cordell and Rick Harney.

Vis­i­tors had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend edu­ca­tion­al and infor­ma­tive wood­work­ing and wood­carv­ing Demon­stra­tions on both days with Mark Waninger, Charley Phillips and Deb­bie Ander­son demon­strat­ing on Sat­ur­day and Jim Willis, Don Wor­ley and Scott Phillips demon­strat­ing on Sunday.

Oth­er attrac­tions included:

  • The Wood­carv­ing Illus­trat­ed host­ed series of mini Spit and Whit­tle Seminars
  • West­ern Ohio Wood­work­ers facil­i­tat­ed a Youth Pro­gram of hands-on wood­work­ing projects
  • A silent auc­tion of a vari­ety of carved and wood worked art pieces
  • An orna­ment carv­ing con­test where vis­i­tors could watch a new piece being created
  • A mag­a­zine recy­cle table of wood relat­ed mag­a­zines avail­able for a donation
  • The main raf­fle of 124 carved orna­ments, 3 donat­ed carv­ings of past win­ners, a Ger­st­ner Tool box and a box of 500 $1.00 gold coins

One of the spe­cial high­lights of Artistry in Wood shows is always the ban­quet for exhibitors at which time the win­ner of the Ron Ryan Award is announced. Mulie Sheets was the 2015 recip­i­ent as one who exem­pli­fies the pas­sion and advance­ment of wood carv­ing in the exam­ple of Ron Ryan.  Also dur­ing the ban­quet a fund rais­ing raf­fle is con­duct­ed for a vari­ety of donat­ed prizes with the pro­ceeds help­ing with the $5000 gift to Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices as the show’s des­ig­nat­ed charity.

The Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca will hold their annu­al meet­ing in con­junc­tion with the Day­ton Artistry in Wood Show on Sep­tem­ber 3–4, 2016 and carvers and vis­i­tors alike will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet and greet these car­i­ca­ture carvers.

The best of the 2015 show along with the best of pre­vi­ous years will con­tin­ue in a new loca­tion and a new date for 2016 because Artistry in Wood is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ue all that Day­ton Artistry in Wood has come to mean as “An Orig­i­nal.”  

2015 Artistry In Wood Photo Galleries

Artistry In Wood 2015 Photo Galleries

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Marc Featherly

To vis­it the Gallery pages, click the links below, or the Gal­leries link in the menu bar to the left.

Artistry in Wood 2015 Carv­ing Win­ners — click HERE

Artistry in Wood 2015 Wood­work­ing Win­ners - click HERE

AIW 2015 Casual Photos and Guest Artist Vic Hood

Vic Hood — AIW 2015 Guest Artist

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Marc Featherly

Long time carv­er and instruc­tor Vic Hood was the Guest Artist at Artistry In Wood 2015.  The pho­to gallery pro­vides a quick look at Vic and some of his won­der­ful carvings.

AIW 2015 Casual Photos

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Marc Featherly

Invalid Dis­played Gallery

From Pete LeClair — Mr Scraps

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Mr Scraps



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 — 2016 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

OlDonFrom “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Burg­er Bon Vivant


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.