Archive for December 2017

November-December 2017 WOM

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Christ­mas Is Coming

By Car­ol Leavy

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to final 2017 edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  It has been a busy year, with lots com­ing up next year, includ­ing the pho­to gal­leries from Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress ’17 and the 2017 CCA Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.  

In this issue:

  • San­ta and Friends Gallery 2017
  • Anchor­ing Work Holders
  • Pete LeClair: Carv­ing On The Corner
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Tooth­pick Temptress
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

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Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley


2017 Santa And Friends Gallery


Welcome to the 2017 Santa And Friends Photo Gallery. 

This is the six­th­teenth annu­al San­ta Gallery, and as always,  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 2018.  To vis­it the 2017 Gallery click HERE, or click on WOM in the menu above, then click on WOM Gal­leries.

San­ta With Blue Swirl Hat by Brad Tyler

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


From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

From “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Tooth­pick Temptress

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 — Carving On The Corner Guy


Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Carving On A Corner Project

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.

Securing Work Holders

Doubt­less many of you, like me, have accu­mu­lat­ed var­i­ous work hold­ers over the years.  Because I may use one work hold­er on one carv­ing, a dif­fer­ent one on the next and no hold­er on a third, I have always been reluc­tant to drill holes in my work bench to screw down any par­tic­u­lar device.  As a result, I have screwed the work hold­ers to boards, and then clamped the board to the bench with hold downs and bar clamps. 

The only prob­lem is that even the hold downs and clamps could not safe­ly hold the board in place once I start­ed whal­ing on a carv­ing with mal­let and gouges.  Stop­ping to re-secure every dozen whacks on the work piece did not lend itself to a smooth work­flow, so an alter­na­tive solu­tion was needed.


First, I decid­ed to uti­lize the exist­ing bench dog holes, rather than drilling any addi­tion­al holes in the bench.  Final­ly a pos­si­ble answer dawned.   Some years back I pur­chased sev­er­al iron clamp­ing han­dles to use with a home-made carv­ing arm.   With the addi­tion of sev­er­al car­riage bolts and over­sized wash­ers a solu­tion was at hand. 

I drilled holes in the mount­ing boards spaced to match the bench dog holes, then drove the car­riage bolts through the boards and through the bench dog holes.   With the addi­tion of the wash­ers and clamp­ing han­dles the prob­lem was solved.

The real test was need­ed!  Out came the mal­let and gouges.  I am hap­py to report that the solu­tion worked well.  The work hold­er hard­ly shift­ed at all, sav­ing time and allow­ing safer work­flow.  The car­riage bolts and clamp­ing han­dles also worked well on a dif­fer­ent style of work holder.



It looks like the bolts and clamp­ing han­dles will work pret­ty well with just about any work hold­er you can mount on a sol­id board!

Just a note:  There may be sev­er­al sources for the cast iron han­dle, but I have con­firmed they are avail­able from The Wood­craft Shop.  They are list­ed on their web site as “Cast Iron Han­dle for Carv­ing Arm — 3/8” x 16 Thread” at $5.95 each.