Archive for December 2016

November-December 2016 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine


Old World Santa 

Bob Hershey, Lititz, PA


Hello, Friends in Carving

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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

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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.

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