Archive for January 2017

January-February 2017 WOM


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2016 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress. Award win­ning carvings.

In Sight of Home 

Dylan Good­son — Mohawk, MI

IWC 2016 — 1st in Group B — Relief Carv­ing1st in Class 208 — Com­bin­ing 2 or more of the Class­es above; Judge’s Choice — Fred Cogelow


Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine as we start our 21st year of pub­li­ca­tion.  This is one of the largest issues of the year, as it con­tains the pho­to gal­leries from the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress 2016.  There are some won­der­ful carv­ings in the gal­leries; be sure to take time to check them out, as well as all the casu­al pho­tos from around Con­gress Week.  Please remem­ber that all the win­ners images are click­able to dis­play a much larg­er ver­sion of the pho­tos, so you can real­ly look at the details.

Please sup­port our spon­sors (includ­ing the Carver­sCom­pan­ion Cafe­Press Shop, where you can find lots of gifts for the carv­er in your life); just click any of the links in the right menu bar.


In this issue:

  • Pho­to Gallery - Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress 2016 
  • Pete LeClair: Oscar
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Aero­stat Artist
  • Nation­al Muse­um of Wood­carv­ings Auc­tion Announcement
  • 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


International Woodcarvers Congress 2016 Winner Galleries

Josh Guge’s 2016 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress Best of Show Winner

As always, assem­bling the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress Win­ners is the great­est amount of work of any sin­gle arti­cle in WOM.  The 2016 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion, start­ing with Josh Guge’s won­der­ful Best of Show win­ner.   This edi­tion has some 287 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 164 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2016, 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 Pete LeClair — Oscar

Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Oscar


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 — 2017 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 Aero­stat Artist

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 2011–2017 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten permission.

National Museum of Woodcarving Auction

As many of you may know, Dale Schaf­fer, the own­er of the Nation­al Muse­um of Wood­carv­ing in Custer, South Dako­ta has closed the muse­um.  Assets of the Muse­um will be auc­tioned off in an absolute auc­tion, uti­liz­ing the Online Only auc­tion for­mat.  Bid­ding will be open Tues­day, March 7 though March 13, 2017, end­ing at 5:00 PM.

The auc­tion will include sell­ing of the entire col­lec­tion of Dr. Harley Niblack, one of the orig­i­nal ani­ma­tors of Dis­ney­land, and much more.

The Niblack col­lec­tion of over 150 carv­ings and orig­i­nal art pieces rep­re­sent the life work of Dr. Harley Niblack (1894–1966), orig­i­nal­ly a chi­ro­prac­tor from Den­ver.  His love was wood­carv­ing to which he ded­i­cat­ed over 70,000 hours cre­at­ing minia­ture & life size fig­ures, minia­ture steam engines, paint­ings, fur­ni­ture and more.  Dr. Niblack may be best remem­bered for his pio­neer­ing work in ani­ma­tion.  Three of the ani­mat­ed scenes offered were once dis­played at the Smith­son­ian Insti­tute, and from 1954–55 he helped design and build the ani­ma­tion at Disneyland.

This auc­tion fea­tures 25+ Niblack carved scenes, pri­mar­i­ly satir­i­cal depic­tions of life in the old west and of the med­ical pro­fes­sion, most of which are mechan­i­cal­ly ani­mat­ed.  Also includ­ed are 85+ indi­vid­ual wood carv­ings includ­ing a dupli­cate of a carv­ing of Will Rodgers, giv­en to Pres­i­dent Eisen­how­er, sell­ing with a signed let­ter from the Pres­i­dent thank­ing Dr. Niblack for the carv­ing.  Also sell­ing, a unique set of hand carved and leather uphol­stered fur­ni­ture used per­son­al­ly by Dr. Niblack.  This col­lec­tion also includes many orig­i­nal paint­ings, lamps, mechan­i­cal steam engines, mod­el phones and more!

Over 75 oth­er carv­ings and art­work from notable artists includ­ing 20+ Kirt Cur­tis wildlife carv­ings, 2 art antler lamps by Tony Ramer, and many oth­ers.  Many qual­i­ty pieces depict wildlife, nature scenes, bik­ers, ANRI fig­urines and more.

Final­ly, also to be sold are the entire remain­ing gift & sou­venir inven­to­ry, t‑shirts, dis­play cas­es, office & retail relat­ed, home fur­nish­ings, tools, shop relat­ed and so much more!

The Nation­al Muse­um of Wood­carv­ings has been an ever pop­u­lar Black Hills of SD attrac­tion for 40+ years.  Mr Schaf­fer is retir­ing and offer­ing this spec­tac­u­lar col­lec­tion at Absolute “Online Auc­tion”, with­out reserve!  This is a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase tru­ly one of a kind, muse­um qual­i­ty Amer­i­cana wood­carv­ings, pio­neer ani­ma­tion and much more! 

Please note Terms & Con­di­tions:  Absolute Auc­tion, sell­ing in 550+ indi­vid­ual lots, to the high­est bid­ders with­out min­i­mum or reserve bid.  The “online only” auc­tion method will be uti­lized; see details at Online bid­ding opens Tues­day, March 7 at 6:00 am through Mon­day, March 13 at 5:00 pm MST, fea­tur­ing the “soft close” fea­ture, with 3 items per minute clos­ing.  Sell­ing “As-Is, Where-Is” with­out war­ran­ty of any kind.  There is no buy­er pre­mi­um of any kind, how­ev­er a 3% cred­it card swipe fee applies.  Onsite set­tle­ment on Tues­day, March 14.  Removal at buy­ers risk & expense, with­in 14 days of the auc­tion or by arrange­ment.  Ship­ping ser­vice avail­able at Buy­ers cost.  See com­plete terms, con­di­tions, inspec­tion dates and details at