Archive for December 2018

November-September 2018 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Santa’s Secret List, by Bob Hershey

First in San­ta and 2nd Best of Show, 2018 CCA Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion  and 

First Place San­ta at 2018 Day­ton Artistry In Wood


From the Edi­tor -

And once again we arrive at the end of anoth­er year.  Look­ing back on the past twelve months, we see a time that was a rough pas­sage for many peo­ple.  Hope­ful­ly you have dis­cov­ered, like me, that spend­ing time with a block of wood and tools in your hand can be a wel­come break from the stress of dif­fi­cult times and loss.  When you become absorbed in mak­ing chips to reveal the art with­in the wood, dai­ly life retreats a bit, leav­ing your mind free to con­tem­plate the joys of the past and the hope for the future. 

My thanks to those who offered con­do­lences and words of com­fort after the death of my wife in July; your kind­ness once again demon­strates that we are indeed a fam­i­ly of wood­carvers.   As you spend time with your fam­i­ly and friends this Christ­mas sea­son, hold them close and enjoy the moment, for time is often fleeting.

Mer­ry Christ­mas and Hap­py Hol­i­days to you all as we look for­ward to a peace­ful New Year. 

In this issue:

  • 2018 San­ta & Friends Pho­to Galleries
  • Pete LeClair: Cliffy Cousin #2
  • An Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Christ­mas Angel
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

Com­ing up in future issues:

  • 2018 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress Pho­to Galleries
  • 2018 CCA Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ners Gallery
  • 2018 Artistry in Wood Win­ners Gallery


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Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley


2018 Santa And Friends Gallery


Welcome to the 2018 Santa And Friends Photo Gallery. 

This is the sev­en­teenth annu­al San­ta Gallery, and as always,  I am impressed 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 2019.  To vis­it the 2018 Gallery click HERE, or click on WOM in the menu above, then click on WOM Gal­leries.

Big Nose San­ta by Tim Berry

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


From Pete LeClair — Cliffy Cousin Two


Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Cliffy Cousin #2



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 — 2018 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

From “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Christ­mas Angel

To down­load and 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 2011–2018 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten permission.