Archive for September 2017

September-October 2017 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Ornament for CCA eBay Sale 2017

CCA Member Jim Hiser, Carlisle, PA

Hello, Friends in Carving

Welcome to July-August edition of Woodcarver Online Magazine.  This issue could be sub-titled the Caricature Carvers of America Issue, as there is lots of CCA news to share.

In this issue:

  • Call For Photos – Santa and Friends Gallery 2017
  • CCA eBay Ornament Sale 2017
  • Photo Gallery CCA 2017 Ornament Sale 
  • CCA Seminar 2018
  • W3E Secret Pal at CCA Seminar 2017
  • Pete LeClair: Cousin Alfie
  • Ol’ Don’s Drawing Table: Playful Pup
  • Update to Events, Happenings and Goings-On

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Photo by Marc Featherly at IWC ’14

Matt Kelley


Call for Photos: Santa Gallery ’17


Santa Carving sign by Tim Berry

The Annual Santa & Friends Gallery will once again grace the pages of November/December issue of WOM. You are invited to submit photos of favorite Santas, elves, or other seasonal item you’ve carved in the last 24 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 submit large, high quality photos, preferably shot against a light or neutral background.  

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 15


Questions, queries, posers? Send email to womeditorATcomcastDOTnet

CCA eBay Ornament Sale 2017

The Caricature Carvers of America will host an eBay auction of Christmas ornaments carved by CCA members.  Twenty-seven ornaments will be posted for sale in four groups, with new groups posted on Monday, October 2, 9, 16, and 23.   This is a opportunity to start or add to your collection of carvings by CCA members.  

A gallery containing much larger views of these carvings is included in this issue of WOM.  To visit the gallery click HERE, or visit the WOM Galleries Page for a link.

CCA Seminar 2018

CCA Seminar 2018

The annual Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) Seminar is held each year in conjunction with the judging of the Caricature Carving Competition, rounding out a busy week in Converse, IN. The instructors for the 2018 Seminar are Ron Dowdy, Jim Hiser, and Dennis Thornton.  Participants will carve one day with each of the instructors in rotation over the three day seminar.  The fee of $165 includes the three days of instruction and lunch;  blanks are an addition fee per instructor.  The 2018 seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26.

As of this writing, the 2018 seminar is full or very close to it.  However, there is a waiting list, and every year there are several cancellations.  It is not unusual to work through a waiting list of 6 to 10 people. Please contact Bob Travis to be on the waiting list. or to cheek on current status. Bob’s email is rltravis AT



W3E at CCA Seminar

By Matt Kelley, World Wide Woodcarver Exchanges Coordinator

As many of you know, the World Wide Woodcarver Exchanges (W3E) have been going on for many years, with the Secret Pal exchanges occurring quarterly for the last 19 and one-half years.  While preparing the shipping information for Secret Pal session #78, it occurred to me that a number of the participants in that exchange were going to be at the 2017 Caricature Carvers of America seminar in Converse, IN.  This presented a unique opportunity for some participants in the Secret Pal exchange to hand off their carvings in person, rather then via mail.  Accordingly, at lunch on the Saturday of the seminar, the six carvers in attendance gathered to hand off carvings and have a photo taken.  It took several shots to get the photo right, in part because of a timely photo bomb by one of the CCA member instructors!

The next Secret Pal session will start soon, with the 20 year anniversary Secret Pal exchange starting near the end of December.

Exchange #79 (Fall ’17)  Commitment Registration begins on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22 and ends October 22. Shipping information sent by November 10

Exchange #80, the 20th Anniversary session (Winter ’18) should be a special event – Commitment Registration for session #80 begins on the Winter Solstice, December 21 and ends Janjary 21. Shipping information sent by February 10

For more information about the W3E exchanges, click HERE.   Come join the fun in the longest running secret pal exchange on the ‘net!

From Left: Carol Leavy, Kevin Applegate, W3E Coordinator Matt Kelley, Steve Fowler, Gary Freeman, and Doug Evans

Steve Brown Photo Bomb!


From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

From “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

“Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Playful Pup

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.

From Pete LeClair – Cousin Alfie


Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Quigley’s Cousin Alfie


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.