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 Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber 2017 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

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.



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.