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International Woodcarvers Congress 2015 Winner Galleries

Rick Harney's Best of Show winner at the 2015 International Woodcarvers Congress.

Rick Harney’s Best of Show win­ner at the 2015 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress.

Assem­bling the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress Win­ners has always been the great­est amount of work of any sin­gle arti­cle in WOM, but I know I’ll be work­ing with great pho­tos of great carv­ings.  The 2015 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion, start­ing with Rick Harney’s Best of Show win­ner.   This edi­tion has some 296 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 162 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2015, 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!

2014 Artistry in Wood Show Report

Artistry In Wood — A Show of Shows

By Don Mertz

Since 1981 the Day­ton, Ohio Artistry in Wood show has gained the acclaim of being “A Show of Shows” in that each year it con­tin­ues to be the show to vis­it and expe­ri­ence for the first time over and over again.  The 2014 edi­tion host­ed approx­i­mate­ly 5,400 vis­i­tors who viewed over 225 exhibitors’ dis­plays and vis­it­ed numer­ous ven­dors of tools, sup­plies, wood and books for all who appre­ci­ate the cre­ative works of art in the medi­um of wood.

First time vis­i­tors were in awe at the size of the expo­si­tion hall, aes­thet­i­cal­ly laid out with car­pet­ed walk­ways and cur­tained aisles that led to rows of exhibitors, with each one offer­ing unique and beau­ti­ful wood­en art that cap­tured the appre­ci­a­tion of admir­ing eyes and hope­ful shop­pers.  Many vis­i­tors dis­cov­ered that one day was not long enough to take in all the won­ders of cre­ative inspi­ra­tion.  Return­ing for the sec­ond day became an adven­ture of dis­cov­ery of a new eye catch­er that was over­looked the first day.

One first time vis­i­tor who rep­re­sents the sen­ti­ments of many first timers com­ment­ed on the show through Face­book say­ing: The wife and I attend­ed the show for the first time. It was Amaz­ing!! The vari­ety of work was over­whelm­ing to a “new­bie” like me. Every­thing from carved Pop­si­cle sticks to a life sized fish­er­man reel­ing in a bass! All the exhibitors we talked to were more than will­ing to share their exper­tise, great bunch of folks, and with all the ven­dors in one spot it was like Christ­mas. (I spent too much!!)

Anoth­er good show, was a com­ment often repeat­ed along with sen­ti­ments that the show gets bet­ter and bet­ter.  So whether it was first time vis­i­tors or long time return vis­i­tors the sen­ti­ments were all com­pli­men­ta­ry.

Why Artistry in Wood is con­sid­ered the Show of Shows can be answered in a vari­ety of ways. First is the rep­u­ta­tion of pro­vid­ing the best venue for exhibitors to dis­play and sell their art as well as enter­ing wood­carv­ings and wood­work­ing projects in com­pe­ti­tion that has a full range of cat­e­gories and class­es judged by knowl­edge­able and respect­ed judges.

Wood­carv­ing judges includ­ed:

  • Josh Guge, Gilberts, IL
  • Rick Har­ney, Nor­mal, IL
  • John Engler, Bat­tle­field, MO.

All togeth­er, they judged 327 carv­ing entries.

The top carv­ing win­ners were:

  • Best of Show — Charley Phillips, Newark, TX
  • 2nd Best of Show, Sandy Cza­j­ka, Troy, OH
  • 3rd Best of Show — Dylan Good­son, AL.

Wood­work­ing judges were:

  • Roger Hor­nung, Ger­man­town, OH,
  • Lary Sanders, Spring­field, OH
  • Jim McCann, Brookville, OH

They judged 86 wood­work­ing entries, and the top wood­work­ing projects were:

  • Best of Show — Jay Kinsinger, Cedarvil­lle, OH
  • 2nd Best, Deb­o­rah Ander­son, Car­bon, IN
  • 3rd Best, Mark Waninger Jamestown, IN.

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2014 Artistry In Wood Photo Galleries

Artistry In Wood 2014 Photo Galleries

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Marc Feath­er­ly

To vis­it the Gallery pages, click the links below, or the Gal­leries link in the menu bar to the left.

Artistry in Wood 2014 Carv­ing Win­ners — click HERE

Artistry in Wood 2014 Wood­work­ing Win­ners - click HERE

2014 Artistry in Wood Casu­al Pho­tosclick HERE

IWC 2015 Best of Show

International Woodcarvers Congress 2015 Best of Show winners:

Best of Show:  Spunk — Rick Har­ney

Best of Show First Run­ner-up:  Artemis — David Sea­graves

Best of Show Sec­ond Run­ner-up:  Air O’Smith — Ter­ry Brash­er

More casu­al pho­tos in a future edi­tion of WOM, and the pro­fes­sion­al pho­to gallery once pho­tos are avail­able.

IWC 2015 Best of Show - Spunk by Rick Harney

IWC 2015 Best of Show — Spunk by Rick Har­ney

IWC 2015 Best of Show First Runner-up:  Artemis by David Seagraves

IWC 2015 Best of Show First Run­ner-up: Artemis by David Sea­graves

IWC 2015 Best of Show 2nd Runner-up:  Air O'Smith by Terry Brasher

IWC 2015 Best of Show 2nd Run­ner-up: Air O’Smith by Ter­ry Brash­er

IWC 2014 Winner Galleries

2014 International Woodcarvers Congress. Award winning carvings.

Cross Hob­bled”, John C Sharp’s Best of Show Win­ner in AWC 2014

Assem­bling the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress Win­ners is a mix of labor and won­der;  it is, quite frankly, the great­est amount of work of any sin­gle arti­cle in WOM, and yet I know I’m going to see a lot of won­der­ful carv­ings as I edit the gal­leries.  The 2014 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion, start­ing with John C. Sharpe’s Best of Show win­ner.   This edi­tion has some 296 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 169 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2014, 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 cri­tique ses­sion, 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!

IWC 2014 Photo Gallery

IWC-2014-CrowdThe Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress 2014 proved to be every­thing it is cracked up to be — a busy week of edu­ca­tion, fel­low­ship and com­pe­ti­tion.   In a future issue of WOM we’ll fea­ture Marc Featherly’s always excel­lent for­mal pho­tographs of the win­ning carv­ings.  In the mean­time, sit back and enjoy Matt Kelley’s casu­al pho­tos of the carv­ings and peo­ple on the show­room floor.

To vis­it the Gallery, click HERE, or click WOM in the menu bar, then The Gal­leries menu item.

North Alabama Woodcarvers 2013 Show

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The North Alaba­ma Wood­carvers Association’s 32nd annu­al show took place in Huntsville last fall.  Long-time WOM con­trib­u­tors “Ol’ Don” and Sandie Burgdorf were in atten­dance and were kind enough to share their casu­al pho­tos from the event.   To learn more about the NAWA and the 33th annu­al show, vis­it their web page HERE.

To vis­it the Gallery, click HERE, or click WOM in the menu bar, then The Gal­leries menu item.

CCA 2013 Competition

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CCA 2013 Caricature Carving Competition

The Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca (CCA) spon­sored 2013 Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion was held on August 21 and 22 in Con­verse, IN, and once again host­ed by the East­ern Wood­land Carvers Club.  Club mem­bers han­dle receiv­ing and unpack­ing of sub­mis­sions, sit up dis­plays for judg­ing, and repack the carv­ing for ship­ping home after the com­pe­ti­tion.

As in past years, the com­pe­ti­tion was keen and the judges had no small task in select­ing the win­ners.

The CCA mem­ber­ship encour­ages any­one to com­pet­ed in 2013 to do so again this year, and sug­gest that those carvers who have not entered the com­pe­ti­tion give it con­sid­er­a­tion.  Judg­ing is rotat­ed among CCA mem­bers, so you can expect a fresh approach each year.

The Best of Show win­ner was Steve Dunman’s carv­ing of Team­work.  Sec­ond Best of Show was Hind­sight by Vern Par­rish, and Scott Brown claimed Third Best of Show for Fresh­wa­ter Fish w/ Weeds.  You can see Carl Saathoff’s excel­lent pho­tos of these and oth­er win­ners in the Win­ners’ Gal­leries in this issue of WOM.

The top three win­ners received cash prices of $200, $100, and $50 respec­tive­ly.  First and sec­ond place in each cat­e­go­ry received prizes of $50 and $25.

For infor­ma­tion about the 2014 Com­pe­ti­tion, which will be judged on August 21, 2014, vis­it the CCA web site at cca-carvers.com.

Click HERE to vis­it the Win­ners Gallery, or click WOM in the main menu bar, then click The Gal­leries in the drop down menu.

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IWC 2013 Winner Galleries

2013 International Woodcarvers Congress

Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show win­ner: “Ques­tions & Answer Equal­ly, Pro­found”

I always approach the assem­bly of the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress with a mix of trep­i­da­tion and won­der;  trep­i­da­tion about the amount of work I know I have ahead of me, and won­der at the fan­tas­tic carv­ings I know I’m going to see as I edit the gal­leries.  The 2013 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion, start­ing with Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show win­ner.   This edi­tion has some 264 pho­tos (twice that num­ber if you count the thumb­nails) of some of the best carv­ing you will see any­where.  In the gal­leries you’ll find 159 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2013, 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 cri­tique ses­sion, 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!