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CCA Seminar 2014

CCA Seminar 2014


The 2013 instruc­tors with some of the 2013 Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners.

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 2014 Sem­i­nar are Dave Stet­son, Chris Ham­mack and Bruce Henn.  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 $10-$15 per instruc­tor.  The 2014 sem­i­nar is sched­uled for Fri­day, August 22 through Sun­day, August 24.

As of Octo­ber 28th, the 2014 sem­i­nar is full.  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



Ask Joe — Carving Videos

Ask Joe on WOM — Free Video Instruction

JoeDI haven’t writ­ten an Ask Joe arti­cle since I retired from the busi­ness of carv­ing about 6 years ago. Since retire­ment I carve and do oth­er forms of art for my enjoy­ment.

In Octo­ber 2013 I trav­eled to Jack­son Hole, WY, to teach wood­carv­ing to wound­ed vet­er­ans. It is because of these class­es and the need for begin­ners to get instruc­tions on wood­carv­ing, that I made some instruc­tion­al videos. In the future I plan on mak­ing more videos as need­ed.

Recent­ly I dis­cussed, with Matt Kel­ly (own­er and edi­tor of WOM),  about mak­ing these videos avail­able through WOM. There are 19 wood­carv­ing videos so far. To view or down­load the videos, just click HERE. then click on Wood­carv­ing at the top of the front page. You will find four videos are on sharp­en­ing; a cou­ple on the basics of carv­ing and a num­ber on var­i­ous projects.

If you view the videos, I would love to hear your com­ments and sug­ges­tions for future videos .

Enjoy the jour­ney of wood­carv­ing,

Joe Dil­lett, The Carv­ing Shop


Editor’s Note — Links to Joe’s videos may also be found in the Resource Files, under Video Files.  Click The Files in the menu bar at the top of the page, then Video Files in the drop down menu.

New Resource File — The Video Files

With the increas­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of web-based video, such as YouTube, Vimeo and Shut­ter­fly, we have seen an increase in free and for-fee carv­ing videos, some self-pro­duced and some pro­fes­sion­al­ly pro­duced.  What the self-pro­duced videos may lack in cam­era work and edit­ing is often more then off­set by the qual­i­ty of the instruc­tion and low/no cost.

In recog­ni­tion of this grow­ing instruc­tion­al resource, a new curat­ed sec­tion for videos has been added to the Wood­carv­er Resource Files.  To vis­it this new resource,  click The Files in the menu bar at the top of the page, then Video Files in the result­ing drop down menu.

Once there, you will find a few ini­tial resources, and a form to sug­gest your favorite video for inclu­sion in the col­lec­tion.   With your help, we can make this a most robust col­lec­tion of links to qual­i­ty instruc­tion videos.