33rd Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 5 & 6, 2012
North Arkansas Woodcarvers' 33rd Annual Show and Sale was held
May 5 and 6, 2012 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain
Home, Arkansas. 53 carvers, guests and vendors came to the Ozarks
to exhibit, compete, demonstrate, visit and sell their carvings/wood
turnings/carving supplies. More than 146 ribbons, plaques and
awards were presented including 50 cash prizes throughout the
weekend. The competition's judge, John Engler, carefully scrutinized
approximately 175 carvings entered for judging from the 46 categories.
John was assisted by NAWC club members Roberta Dulaney, recorder;
Debra Bergum, photographer; Gary Smith and Jay Nottingham, announcers;
Dick Dulaney, carving entry table; Norm Rutledge, carving entry
handler; Bonnie Davis, Kathi Clark, and Sandy Smith, show coordinators.
Edelbrock and Deen Shirkey arranged for coffee and for club members
to bake tasty treats for Saturday morning. Arlene and Don Lesiak,
and Betty and John Gregory worked the entrance table making sure
that everyone visiting the show was warmly greeted and received
a door prize ticket as well as a People's Choice Ballot. Admission
for both days was free, but donations are always greatly appreciated
and "encouraged". Karen Rutledge, Karen Myers, Jody Nottingham,
John Siebrandt, Jackie Miller, Penny Wells, Mary Baumann, and
Red Murr did a wonderful job selling tickets at the raffle table.
Skip Janacek and Red Murr took turns manning the door prize table
where drawings were held every half hour. Curt and Deen Shirkey,
Marty Wells, Barb Edelbrock, Terry and Judy Balcom, JoAnne Moore,
Kathi Clark, Karen Rutledge and John Siebrandt handled the club
tables selling T-shirts, mugs, hats, NAWC patches, memberships,
carvings for charity, etc..
year the NAWC club membership created a beautiful "Flora Clock"
and a "Wildlife Shelf" to use as their 2012 raffle projects. The
drawing for each of these works of art will be in December. The
"Clock" consists of twelve 4" circular relief carvings of anything
"Flora", and the shelf has twelve "Wildlife" blocks. Sid Edelbrock
did an excellent job engineering, assembling and finishing the
clock from red oak and Klockit parts, and Paul Baumann and Bob
Shaffer assembled the shelf. Carvers for the "Clock" circles were:
Deb Moffett, Naomi Inglett, Yates Holland, Dick Dulaney, Norm
Rutledge, Richard Arndt, Jackie Miller, Kathi Clark, Amy Wainscott,
Paul Baumann III, Skip Janacek, and Sandy Smith. Carvers for the
"Shelf" blocks were: Dick Dulaney, Karen Myers, Paul Baumann III,
Sandy Smith, Norm Rutledge, Marty Wells, Betty Gregory, Sid Edelbrock,
John Gregory, Penny Wells, Kathi Clark and Jackie Miller.
raffle item included a beautiful relief of busts of a colt and
horse within a horseshoe carved and donated by Dick Dulaney. Much
interest was generated for all our raffle items, shown by the
number of tickets sold for each. Many thanks to the kind and talented
carvers that donated their time and carving skills to create the
raffle and door prizes.
carvers volunteered their time, shared their knowledge and demonstrated
their skills in showing all that were interested how to change
a piece of wood into an artful masterpiece. Demonstrators were:
Randy Landen (caricature faces), Frank Nixon (wood turning), Mary
Waldeck (deep relief), Carol Wherry (chip carving), Stew Blain,
and Peter Banning.
evening's banquet dinner/auction was held at the Elks Club with
approximately 95 people in attendance. A Chinese auction offering
tools, carvings, books, and many "interesting" items were set
up and the participation was wonderful. Plaques were presented
to competition winners in attendance. Dick Todd cut and finished
the wonderful walnut bases for the plaques and the engraving on
the plaques was provided by The Locker Room, a Mountain Home sporting
goods shop. The Chinese Auction was magnificently run by Kathi
Clark. There were many happy recipients of the prizes of the Chinese
Auction. This auction is used to generate funds for next year's
show. Sincere gratitude goes to all club members and non-members
that collected/carved auction items and door prizes.
place Best Of Show honors went to B. David Duncan of Harrison,
AR; second place Best Of Show, B. David Duncan of Harrison, AR;
third place Best Of Show, Sandy Smith, Lakeview, AR. Best Table
Display honors were awarded to Phil and Vicki Bishop, and People's
Choice honors went to Bob Hays of Little Rock, AR. The Caricature
Carvers of America were represented by Phil and Vicki Bishop,
Randy Landen, and Sandy Smith and the CCA Award was presented
by them to B. David Duncan.
of the Open Division competition, listed as category then place
won - first, second, third and honorable mention were:
Novice - Instructor Assisted: Jim Davis, Terry Briggs.
Novice - "In the Round": Terry Briggs, Ken Bavuso.
Novice - Relief: Ken Bavuso, Marty Wells, Terry Briggs, Jim Davis.
Novice - Caricature: Jim Waldeck, Ken Bavuso.
Novice - Miscellaneous: Jim Waldeck, Marty Wells, Terry Briggs.
Realistic Human Figure (single): Bruce Blihovde, Bridges Dillehay,
Realistic Human Bust (single): Ol' Don Burgdorf.
Realistic Animal (single): Bob Hayes, Roland Ellis, Dick Dulaney,
Realistic Animal Bust (single): B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis.
Realistic Group: B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis, Forest Stillman,
Realistic Fish / Marine / Aquatic Life (single or group): Russ
Biros, Forest Stidman, Bridges Dillehay, Bob Hays.
Song Bird (single or group): B. David Duncan, Bob Hays, Roland
Bird of Prey: Bob Hays, B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis.
Shorebird: B. David Duncan, Bridges Dillehay, Roland Ellis.
Game Bird: B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis.
Ducks / Waterfowl (single or group): Bob Hays, B. David Duncan,
Caricature Human (single): Randy Landen, Sandy Smith, Ol' Don
Burgdorf, Wm. Earl Gray.
Caricature Human or Animal in a Scene: B. David Duncan, Ol' Don
Burgdorf, Kathi Clark, Dick Dulaney.
Caricature Animal, Bird or Fish (single): Sandy Smith, Sid Edelbrock,
Caricature Bust: Ol' Don Burgdorf, Denny Villwok.
Caricature Group: Sandy Smith, Ol' Don Burgdorf, Wm. Earl Gray,
Pyrography: Carol Wherry, Jackie Miller, Bob Hays.
Driftwood: B. David Duncan, Paul Baumann III.
Bark Carving: Jerry Anglen, B. David Duncan, Monty Anglen, Sid
Relief - Buildings / Structures: Mary Waldeck, Larry Rustan, Denny
Relief - Humans: Deb Bergum, Roland Ellis, Bruce Blihovde, Dick
Relief - Animal(s), Bird(s), Insect(s), Fish, etc: Sandy Smith,
Roland Ellis, Dick Dulaney, Jackie Miller.
Relief - Miscellaneous: Deb Bergum, Russ Biros, Ron Ufkes, Sid
Edelbrock, Bob Hays.
Chip Carving / Positive Image/Gouge: Warren Rauscher, Carol Wherry.
Chip Carving / Negative Image: Carol Wherry, Warren Rauscher.
Jewelry: Carol Wherry.
Novelties / Bottle Stoppers: Paul Baumann III, B. David Duncan,
Ron Ufkes, Ol' Don Burgdorf.
Spoons: B. David Duncan, Bruce Blihovde, Carol Wherry, Stew Blain.
Canes / Staffs: B. David Duncan, Paul Baumann III, Ken Doran.
Santa Claus: Ol' Don Burgdorf, Chuck Bailey, Mary Waldeck, Sid
Holiday Items: Carol Wherry, Denny Villwok, Wm. Earl Gray.
Mythical & Carousel Figures: Dick Dulaney.
Wood Turning - Bowls / Goblets / Vases: Phil Wiles, Ron Ufkes,
Wood Turning - Pens: Frank Nixon.
All Other Turnings: Phil Wiles, Ron Ufkes, Frank Nixon.
Stylized: Bridges Dillehay, B. David Duncan, Dick Dulaney, Roland
Miniature: Sandy Smith, Paul Baumann III, Kathi Clark, B. David
Rough-outs: Bruce Blihovde, Chuck Bailey, Denny Villwok, Curt
Instructor Assisted: Randy Landen, Sandy Smith, Curt Shirkey,
Miscellaneous: Denny Villwok, Phil Wiles, Bridges Dillehay, Chuck
Sunday, carvers got a chance to mingle and catch up with acquaintances
until the afternoon. The "Unlimited Hand Tools" Whittling Contest
was again a popular event. There were 6 carvers entered in the
afternoon's "Whittling Contest". Participating carvers were Chuck
Bailey, Ken Bavuso, Stu Blain, Ken Doran, Denny Villwok, and Marty
Wells. Carvers were given a time limit of 1 hour plus a 10-minute
break after the first 30 minutes. Gary Smith graciously agreed
to be the contest's announcer and did a spectacular job. The carvers
were allowed unlimited hand tools and were given a block of basswood
and were instructed to carve "anything". Larry Yudis, John Engler
and Dale Heinecke judged the results.
second and third place winners received a plaque from NAWC, plus
a Woodcraft Shop gift certificate. Chuck
Bailey placed first; Stu Blain - second and Denny Villwok - third.
Special thanks go to Larry and Carol Yudis for their generous
gift certificate donation, Dale and Marge Heinecke for the basswood,
The Locker Room for the engraving,
and Dick Todd for the walnut bases for the plaques.
purchase award donated by Gerald Caster of Mountain Home, AR was
won by Bob Hayes of Little Rock, AR.
"After The Show" Woodcarving
Seminar with John Engler was held at Gary
and Sandy Smith's workshop and a great time was had by all. 14
class participants carved for 3 days on a relief carving project.
Class participants were Deb Bergum, Lenore Bryant, Kathi Clark,
Bonnie Davis, Sid Edelbrock, Arlene Lesiak, Deb and Ray Moffett,
Karen Myers, Dave Powell, Norm Rutledge, Curt Shirkey, Sandy Smith,
and Cindy Stephens. Special thanks go to Barb Edelbrock, Deen
Shirkey and Kathi Clark for arranging the daily lunches.
thanks go to all participants and to the club members and their
spouses who graciously volunteered their time to make it all happen.
Heartfelt appreciation go to the vendors, businesses, club members,
visiting carvers and friends who donated money, merchandise and
their time to help make the show a success. Special thanks go
to the "sign committee" who trekked through high grasses to set
up and break down the club's wooden signs making sure that the
public knew when and where the show was to be held. The "sign
committee" members were Paul Baumann, Bob Shaffer, Bonnie Davis,
Dick Dulaney, Amy and Dean Wainscott, and Gary and Sandy Smith.
Our appreciation also goes to the members and their spouses who
worked behind the scenes on the Friday before the show and then
on Sunday after closing to assist vendors and carvers in the unloading
and reloading of their products and carvings. And a deep debt
of gratitude for those members who took time out to help set up
tables and chairs and generally assist us in getting everything
aligned just right. Without everyone's generous help and support
the show could not have been possible. The Show Committee is already
discussing plans for our next show. B. David Duncan has accepted
our offer to be our judge at the 34th Annual Show to be held May
4 & 5, 2013. See you there!
Photos by Deb Bergum