Electronic Email Lists; Organizations, Clubs and Guilds;
Resources, References, Communities; Magazines and Publications
Electronic Email Lists and Facebook Groups
Email-based woodcarving discussion groups are wonderful ways to learn and help others learn about woodcarving. Email from the list group is sent to the list server which in turn forwards the message to everyone in the group. The woodcarver lists vary greatly in group norms – some permit little off-topic chat, some tolerate a small amount and some encourage off-topic chat.
Facebook groups are a growing and useful resource; like mail lists, they support interactive conversation, but are often easier to post photos.
The WoodCarver List, established in 1996, is the oldest carving-related discussion list on the ‘web. Something over 600 carvers subscribe to the List, where a variety of woodcarving topics are discussed by carvers ranging from seasoned pros to newbies with their first tool. Have a woodcarving question? The List is the place to ask. Click the logo at left or The List in the menu bar for more information or to subscribe.
The Woodcarver List Facebook Group is a very active adjunct to the List. The Facebook group gives us a place to post photos of recent projects, share tips, ask questions, etc. To visit the group, click the logo at left or link in the menu bar under The List.
Wood Carving Fun is another on-line community of carvers. Folks in this group tend to chat off-topic just a little bit more than folks on the Woodc@rvers List.
The Knotholes woodcarver list is another on-line carvers group similar to Woodcarving Fun, with less off-topic chat. Click the icon for more information.
Fishcarving2 List – Fishcarving2 is the place to share methods, techniques, and other information that will help promote, and improve the art of fish carving.
Carousel Carvers – A forum for discussing carousels, carousel art, carousel restoration, carousel collectibles and anything else related to the art of the carousel.
United Stick Carvers Association – Another on-line group dedicated to stick carving
Organizations, Clubs, Guilds
The home of the Caricature Carvers of America. Well worth the visit for anyone interested in caricature carving.
The National Wood Carvers Association is well worth the cost of membership; Chip Chats magazine is included in the annual membership.
Affiliated Wood Carvers, Limited, (AWC) is a non-profit corporation which publicly promotes the fine art of woodcarving through the sponsorship of the International Woodcarvers Congress. Membership information on the web site.
Mike Parker’s page of Links to Woodcarving/Woodworking Guilds and Clubs in the US, Canada and England. Last updated 12/03.
NEWC – homepage of the New England Wood Carvers
NWCA – homepage of the Northwest Wood Carvers Association
MiWCA – homepage of the Michigan Wood Carvers Association
MnWCA – homepage of the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association
SWCA – homepage of the Southeast Wood Carvers Association
Corn Belt Carving Club of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
Windsor Woodcarving Museum – Windsor, ON, Canada – Every aspect of carving, whether traditional or contemporary, historical or wildlife is represented and displayed
If you would like your state-wide or regional club or organization listed , please use the form at the bottom of this page.
Online Resources, References, Communities
Gary Ilmanen’s WoodCarvers Web site contains two valuable sets of links:
- Individual Links – to over 400 individual woodcarvers’ home pages
- Organization Links – to pages maintained by woodcarving-related business, groups, museums, schools and so on
Bird Carvers Online Community – Features a Chat Room with regularly scheduled chats like Talk with the Pros, tons of shop talk posted in the main Discussion Forum, etc.
Magazines and Publications
The Woodcarvers Gazette is a dedicated Woodcarving magazine, published quarterly by the British Woodcarvers Association.
See also the Vendor Files – Publishers and Book Sellers
Last update 1-19-15