33rd Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 5 & 6, 2012

The 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.

Barb 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..

This 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.

Additional 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.

Six 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.

Saturday 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.

First 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.

Winners 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, Dick Dulaney.
Realistic Human Bust (single): Ol' Don Burgdorf.
Realistic Animal (single): Bob Hayes, Roland Ellis, Dick Dulaney, Forest Stidman.
Realistic Animal Bust (single): B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis.
Realistic Group: B. David Duncan, Roland Ellis, Forest Stillman, Bridges Dillehay.
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 Ellis.
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, Forest Stidman.
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, Denny Villwok.
Caricature Bust: Ol' Don Burgdorf, Denny Villwok.
Caricature Group: Sandy Smith, Ol' Don Burgdorf, Wm. Earl Gray, Denny Villwok.
Pyrography: Carol Wherry, Jackie Miller, Bob Hays.
Driftwood: B. David Duncan, Paul Baumann III.
Bark Carving: Jerry Anglen, B. David Duncan, Monty Anglen, Sid Edelbrock.
Relief - Buildings / Structures: Mary Waldeck, Larry Rustan, Denny Villwok.
Relief - Humans: Deb Bergum, Roland Ellis, Bruce Blihovde, Dick Dulaney.
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 Edelbrock.
Holiday Items: Carol Wherry, Denny Villwok, Wm. Earl Gray.
Mythical & Carousel Figures: Dick Dulaney.
Wood Turning - Bowls / Goblets / Vases: Phil Wiles, Ron Ufkes, Frank Nixon.
Wood Turning - Pens: Frank Nixon.
All Other Turnings: Phil Wiles, Ron Ufkes, Frank Nixon.
Stylized: Bridges Dillehay, B. David Duncan, Dick Dulaney, Roland Ellis.
Miniature: Sandy Smith, Paul Baumann III, Kathi Clark, B. David Duncan.
Rough-outs: Bruce Blihovde, Chuck Bailey, Denny Villwok, Curt Shirkey.
Instructor Assisted: Randy Landen, Sandy Smith, Curt Shirkey, Chuck Bailey.
Miscellaneous: Denny Villwok, Phil Wiles, Bridges Dillehay, Chuck Bailey.

On 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.

First, 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.

A purchase award donated by Gerald Caster of Mountain Home, AR was won by Bob Hayes of Little Rock, AR.


An "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.

Sincere 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