Archive for December 2016

November-December 2016 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine


Old World San­ta 

Bob Her­shey, Lititz, PA


Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine as we com­plete our 20th year of pub­li­ca­tion.   It takes a lot of work to keep this pub­li­ca­tion and the Carver­sCom­pan­ion web site oper­at­ing, but as long as it serves a use­ful func­tion for the carv­ing com­mu­ni­ty, we’ll keep plug­ging away.

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For all our read­ers, all over the world, best wish­es in this joy­ous sea­son; Mer­ry Christ­mas, Hap­py Hol­i­days, and a Hap­py New Year in 2017

In this issue:

  • Pho­to Gallery - San­ta and Friends Gallery
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: C and G, Key of B‑flat
  • Pete LeClair: Christ­mas Elf
  • Carv­ings From Down Under: John Car­ri­ere’s Cobra 
  • 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


2016 Santa And Friends Gallery


Welcome to the 2016 Santa (And Friends) Photo Gallery. 


Bob Her­shey’s Cot­ton­wood Bark Old World Santa

This is the fifth­teenth annu­al San­ta Gallery, and as alway,  I am pleased by the vari­ety and qual­i­ty of the carv­ings includ­ed.  Tip ‘o the hat to all those who sub­mit­ted carv­ings, and a reminder for every­one else to plan on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the gallery in 2017.  To vis­it the 2016 Gallery click HERE, or click on WOM in the menu above, then click on WOM Gal­leries.

Thanks to Tim Berry for use of his San­ta Carv­ings sign.


From Pete LeClair — Christmas Elf

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Christmas Elf




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 C and G, Key of B‑flat


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 2011–2016 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten permission.

Carvings From Down Under — John Carriere’s Cobra

John Car­riere want­ed to carve a snake; a BIG snake.  In this instance, a 32 inch high repli­ca of a cobra.  The job took the res­i­dent of Dar­win, North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry, Aus­tralia some 650 hours; the project was carved in Tas­man­ian Oak.  That’s a lot of work for a rep­tile, but as you can see, the result was worth the labor.  John was kind enough to share these step-by-step images of the carv­ing process.

When view­ing the gallery, use the « and » to move for­ward and back; click on an image to close it.