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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!

Canadian Carvapalooza

Do you love the smell of saw­dust and the sound of chain­saws, with your hand wrapped around a cup of steam­ing hot cof­fee on a brac­ing spring day in south­ern Ontario?  If so, then you should plan on head­ing over to the town of Muirkirk, Ontario for five days of fun watch­ing over 30 chain­saw carvers from around the world do their thing at the 6th Annu­al Cana­di­an Car­va­palooza, April 9th to 13th, 2014.  Each carv­er will be pro­duc­ing one to five major pieces dur­ing the event.  In addi­tion, there are one hour speed carves on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.  All of the art­work pro­duced will be auc­tioned off on Sun­day.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Car­va­palooza web page HERE 

Artistry in Wood 2012 Gallery

Artistry In Wood 2012 Winner Gallery

Pho­tos by Marc Feath­er­ly

To vis­it the 2012 Win­ner Gallery click HERE then click on the Artistry in Wood link

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AIW 2012 Best of Show — “Fam­i­ly of Rubies” by Josh Guge

Artistry in Wood 2012

The ART in Artistry in Wood

By Don Mertz

The Artistry in Wood Show in Day­ton, Ohio con­tin­ues to be one of the pre­mier carv­ing and wood­work­ing shows in North Amer­i­ca.  With over two hun­dred exhibitors from twen­ty eight states and Cana­da par­tic­i­pat­ing, and 4,645 vis­i­tors attend­ing the two day show, yet it is not size alone that makes this event so dis­tinc­tive. All wood­carv­ing shows seek to pro­vide a set­ting for wood­carvers to show cre­ative work, par­tic­i­pate in com­pe­ti­tion and expe­ri­ence the com­radery of carv­ing enthu­si­asts.  But beyond that noble pur­pose, the greater inter­est is to pro­vide a for­mat for the encour­age­ment and advance­ment of wood­carv­ing and wood­work­ing as an art form and to grow that art in oth­er wood artists in what­ev­er lev­el of abil­i­ty each pos­sess­es.   All wood­carv­ing shows have their place and pur­pose.  All wood artists owe it to them­selves and to the pub­lic to sup­port, par­tic­i­pate and do any­thing pos­si­ble to con­tin­ue hav­ing wood­carv­ing shows.

What makes Artistry in Wood so unique is the many forms of art present in the expe­ri­ence of the show itself.  The art in the medi­um of wood is evi­dent in each and every carv­ing and wood­work­ing project.  That is obvi­ous­ly what any­one expects in a show that presents cre­ative works of art for show, for com­pe­ti­tion and for sale to col­lec­tors and gift givers.  But what makes Day­ton a pre­mier show is the less obvi­ous ART in the Artistry in Wood.

First is the Art of Gen­eros­i­ty.  Wood­carvers and wood­work­ers by the atti­tude that com­pels them to cre­ate beau­ty in the medi­um of wood are also very help­ful and giv­ing of encour­age­ment, how-to tips, wood, tools, pat­terns and projects to oth­ers who show any inter­est in the craft and art of shap­ing wood.  That is one of the guid­ing pur­pos­es of spon­sor­ing and work­ing so hard to orga­nize and put on shows and com­pe­ti­tion.  Lots of “labors of love” through the work before, dur­ing and after a show by an army of vol­un­teers is gen­er­ous­ly giv­en.  But more than that form of labor­ing in love is the greater Art of Gen­eros­i­ty engrained in Dayton’s Artistry in Wood.  In 1993 the AIW com­mit­tee was in search of a char­i­ty to enhance and expand the impact of why such a show exist­ed. They vis­it­ed a local Unit­ed Cere­bral Pal­sy agency (now Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices) and were very impressed with the impact of their labors of love in help­ing so many chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs.  The AIW com­mit­tee decid­ed to make Artistry in Wood the best woodcarving/woodworking show in Amer­i­ca and to have the biggest impact on the orga­ni­za­tion by donat­ing $5,000 each year to URSURS now serves four hun­dred chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs each day. For twen­ty-five years AIW has giv­en $5,000 to char­i­ty each year and will con­tin­ue to so do for years to come.  This Art of Gen­eros­i­ty has enabled AIW to grow each year into one of the best shows of its type.  The more one gives, the more one receives in order to con­tin­ue to give. Thus the rea­son for the Silent Auc­tion, Show Raf­fle, Ban­quet Raf­fle and after expens­es rev­enue is to extend the spir­it of the show into year-round ser­vice through Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices. That puts ART into Artistry in Wood.

Still with the spir­it of gen­eros­i­ty the Art of Cre­at­ing a Mem­o­ry is the next ART in Artistry in Wood.  The West­ern Ohio Wood­work­ers hosts a children’s hands-on work­shop with wood­work­ing projects they can build with the help of WOW mem­bers.   180 chil­dren cre­at­ed a mem­o­ry by putting togeth­er 280 wood­work­ing project kits.  Their mem­o­ries were as large as the smile on their face as they car­ried home their own “hand­made” project.  WOW also assem­bled 750 toys for local hos­pi­tal­ized chil­dren to go with pre­vi­ous­ly assem­bled toys in the Smile-A-Minute pro­gram.

Mem­o­ries were also cre­at­ed through the demon­stra­tors’ pre­sen­ta­tions on sub­jects of inter­est to show vis­i­tors.  The pre­sen­ters includ­ed Dave Stet­son, Wayne Bar­ton, Diane Sop­er, Jim Dupler, Tom Drum­mer, and Scott Phillips.  Wood Carv­ing Illus­trat­ed host­ed at their booth one hour demon­stra­tion work­shops on var­i­ous wood­carv­ing sub­jects with expert wood­carvers shar­ing their tal­ent.

The ART of Com­pe­ti­tion is enhanced because AIW draws togeth­er carvers and wood­work­ers from across the nation who enters some of the best qual­i­ty carv­ings and wood­work­ing projects to be eval­u­at­ed by respect­ed and knowl­edge­able judges.  Each year there is a sense of awe and amaze­ment with the qual­i­ty, vari­ety and excel­lence of these cre­ative works of art in the medi­um of wood.  This year was no excep­tion as can be seen in the pho­tographs pre­sent­ed with this arti­cle.  Wood­carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion con­sid­ered 331 entries while in Wood­work­ing there were 53 entries.  Besides rib­bons, 70 cash prizes totaled $5,125 were award­ed.   Judges in wood­carv­ing were Stu Mar­tin, Gary Den­zler and Wayne Bar­ton and wood­work­ing judges were Roger Horung, Jim McCann and Lar­ry Sanders.  Best of Show in Wood­carv­ing was Josh Guge, Sec­ond Best of Show, Josh Guge and Third Best of Show, Susan Dorsch.  Best of Show in Wood­work­ing was Bruce Burk­hold­er, Sec­ond Best of Show, Jay Kinsinger and Third Best of Show, Mark Waninger.

The ART of Serendip­i­ty becomes evi­dent in the unex­pect­ed dis­cov­er­ies of the AIW expe­ri­ence.  First time vis­i­tors and first time exhibitors are like chil­dren in a can­dy store, hav­ing any expec­ta­tions sur­passed by all the won­der­ful things dis­cov­ered down each row and at each table.  The vari­ety and qual­i­ty of carv­ings and wood­work­ing cre­ations are awe inspir­ing while at the same time spark­ing imag­i­na­tion and dreams of being able to cre­ate sim­i­lar cre­ations by one’s own adven­ture into the art.  Col­lec­tors and gift givers have plen­ty from which to choose as well as per­son­al­ly get­ting to know the artists. Exhibitors and vis­i­tors alike enjoy the impromp­tu con­ver­sa­tions that devel­op as well as the mutu­al help with ques­tions like “How did it you do this?”  or “How can I get start­ed in doing what your do?” There are thir­ty ven­dors offer­ing knives, tools, books, wood, rough outs and sup­plies for the art and craft of work­ing in wood.  Ven­dors not only have well stocked items but are eager to offer help­ful answers and sug­ges­tions to each patron’s needs.

The ART in Unex­pect­ed Places is many and var­ied.   Almost every hour of the show a free door prize of donat­ed carv­ings is offered to vis­i­tors.   The Silent Auc­tion of carv­ing and wood­worked projects on any sub­ject depict­ing a Win­ter Hol­i­day between Novem­ber and March was a bonus of sur­pris­es.   Two Raf­fles offered donat­ed items by sev­er­al artists in wood which also includ­ed a tree loaded down with carv­ing orna­ments.  Then there was the Orna­ment Carv­ing Con­test on Sat­ur­day after­noon in which the par­tic­i­pants were observed putting the fin­ish­es touch­es on each orna­ment. Judg­ing of the orna­ments result­ed with top three win­ners of rib­bons being Vic Hood, Wayne Shin­lever and Tim Jack­son.  All par­tic­i­pants were eli­gi­ble for the draw­ing of $35 cash prize, which went to Steve Fowler, Tim Jack­son and Bob Minton.  The Show’s Spe­cial Dis­play of Decoys showed exam­ples of the his­to­ry and devel­op­ment of Duck Decoys.  The Ban­quet Cel­e­bra­tion for par­tic­i­pat­ing exhibitors was a relax­ing respite from a busy first day. Fol­low­ing a deli­cious catered meal and delight­ful table con­ver­sa­tions the fun part began with pur­chas­ing “stretch of the arms” strips of raf­fle tick­ets as the main fund rais­er to bal­last the URS dona­tion.  High-end prizes were offered to sweet­en the pot of pos­si­bil­i­ty for each win­ner while each los­er still was a win­ner in hav­ing giv­en to a good cause.  The high­light of the ban­quet always comes with the sur­prise announce­ment of the annu­al Ron Ryan Award to the per­son who most exem­pli­fies the encour­age­ment and advance­ment of wood­carv­ing.  2012 recip­i­ent is Stu Mar­tin who has instruct­ed thou­sands in his sem­i­nars over the years as well as cre­at­ing a spe­cial style of art in his rough out blanks.  All ban­quet par­tic­i­pants received a donat­ed door prize at the con­clu­sion of the evening.

It has often been said, “Beau­ty is in the eye of the behold­er,” and it can also be said that “art is in the eye of the behold­er” of all kinds of art, the seen, the expect­ed, the unex­pect­ed and the serendip­i­tous.  Artistry in Wood is promis­es to be rich in all kinds of Art for vis­i­tors and exhibitors on Novem­ber 9 and 10, 2013.  Vis­it www.daytoncarvers.com to refresh the mem­o­ry of the last show or to be intro­duced to what to expect for the next show.