34th Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 4 & 5, 2013
North Arkansas Woodcarvers' 34th Annual Show and Sale was held
May 4 and 5, 2013 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain
Home, Arkansas. 61 carvers, guests and vendors came to the Ozarks
to exhibit, compete, demonstrate, visit and sell their carvings/wood
turnings/carving supplies. More than 151 ribbons, plaques and
awards were presented including 53 cash prizes throughout the
weekend. The competition's judge, BDavid Duncan, carefully scrutinized
approximately 206 carvings entered for judging from the 48 categories.
John was assisted by NAWC club members Roberta Dulaney, recorder;
Debra Bergum, photographer; Gary Smith, announcer; Dick Dulaney,
carving entry table; Norm Rutledge, carving entry handler; Bonnie
Davis 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,
Jackie Miller, Penny Wells, Mary Baumann, Red Murr, Tom and Janet
Cardwell, David Peterson, Bob Shaffer, and Dar Stow did a wonderful
job selling tickets at the raffle table. Skip Janecek, Red Murr,
and Betty and John Gregory 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, Karen Rutledge,
Mary Ragan, Mary Adair, and Pat Walsh handled the club tables
selling T-shirts, mugs, hats, NAWC patches, memberships, carvings
for charity, etc. Walt Zimmerman was our Saturday evening's Security
Guard…many thanks for to Walt for a "job well done!"
year the NAWC club membership created a beautiful "Seasons Lamp"
and a "Wildlife Shelf" to use as their 2013 raffle projects. The
drawing for each of these works of art will be in December. The
"Lamp" consists of sixteen 4" square relief carvings of the "Four
Seasons" (four for each season), and the shelf has fourteen "Wildlife"
blocks. Bob Shaffer did a wonderful job assembling and finishing
the lamp and the shelf. Carvers for the "Lamp" squares were: Spring
- Sandy Smith, butterfly, Paul Baumann III, bird; Arlene Lesiak,
fishing fly; Sonia Nelson, fawn. Summer - Karen Meyers, sailboat;
Arlene Lesiak, sun; Sid Edelbrock, butterfly; Skip Janecek, hot
air balloon. Autumn - Barb Edelbrock, woodburned pumpkins, Curt
Shirkey, pumpkin and corn; Norm Rutledge, leaf; Jackie Miller,
jack-o-lantern. Winter - Naomi Inglett, snowman; Deen Shirkey,
woodburned snowflakes; John Gregory, bear; Lucia Pairolero, inverted
snowman. Carvers for the "Shelf" blocks were: Marty Wells, mockingbird;
Jackie Miller, swan; Bob Axel, cardinals; Curt Shirkey, squirrel;
Arlene Lesiak, lion; Sandy Smith, squirrel; Paul Baumann III,
buffalo; Norm Rutledge, Canadian goose, Penny Wells, bluejay;
Tom Cardwell, eagle; Sonia Nelson, fawn; Betty Gregory, raccoon;
Janet Cardwell, turtle; and Wally Smietankski, eagle.
raffle items included a beautiful crane carved and donated by
Dick Dulaney, and a chainsawed bear donated by Michael McGill.
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 (relief), Bruce Futterer (flat plane carving), Wanda Harrigan
(dolls), Connie Hardt (dolls), Ron Ufkes (wood turning) and Loren
Woodard (Santa ornament)..
evening's banquet dinner/auction was held at the Elks Club with
approximately 76 people in attendance. A Chinese auction offering
tools, carvings, books, and many "interesting" items was 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 went without a hitch and there
were many happy recipients of the prizes. 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/donated
auction items and door prizes.
Deb Bergum, First Place Best of Show
Rehma, Second Place Best of Show
Willis, Third Place Best of Show
Rutledge, CCA Award
First place Best Of Show honors went to Deb Bergum of Lakeview,
AR; second place Best Of Show, Larry Rehma of
Union, MO; third place Best Of Show, Jim Willis of Kansas City,
MO. Best Table Display honors were awarded to Karen and Roland
Ellis of Lakeview, AR, and People's Choice honors went to Larry
Rehma. The Caricature Carvers of America were represented by Randy
Landen and Sandy Smith, and the CCA Award was presented by them
to Norm Rutledge of Mountain Home, AR.
of the Open Division competition, listed as category then place
won - first, second, third and honorable mention were:
Instructor Assisted: Terry Balcom, Karen Myers, Sonia Nelson.
"In the Round": David Hoblit, Terry Balcom, Sonia Nelson,
Relief: Karen Myers, Sonia Nelson, Terry Balcom, David
Caricature: Sonia Nelson, Karen Myers, Terry Balcom.
Miscellaneous: Terry Balcom, Marty Wells, David Hoblit,
Realistic Human Figure (single): Bruce Futterer, Larry Rehma,
Realistic Human Bust (single): Loren Woodard.
Realistic Animal (single): Jim Willis, Larry Rehma, Tom
Realistic Animal Bust (single): Jim Willis, Bridges Dillehay.
Realistic Group: Jim Willis, Dick Dulaney.
Realistic Fish / Marine / Aquatic Life (single or group):
Russ Biros, Larry Rehma, Roland Ellis.
Song Bird (single or group): Larry Rehma, James Leifeld,
Bird of Prey: Larry Rehma, Bob Hays, James Leifeld.
Shorebird: Larry Rehma, Roland Ellis.
Game Bird: James Leifeld, Larry Rehma, Roland Ellis.
Ducks / Waterfowl (single or group): James Leifeld, Bob
Hays, Jo McKenzie.
Caricature Human (single): Bruce Futterer, Stan McKenzie,
Ol' Don Burgdorf, Bridges Dillehay.
Caricature Human or Animal in a Scene: Randy Landen, Ol'
Don Burgdorf, Stan McKenzie.
Caricature Animal, Bird or Fish (single): Jim Willis, Wm.
Earl Gray, Bridges Dillehay.
Caricature Bust: Bruce Futterer.
Caricature Group: Bridges Dillehay, Stan McKenzie, Bruce
Pyrography - Buildings / Structures: Jackie Miller, Jo
Pyrography - Miscellaneous: Carol Wherry, Jackie Miller,
Bruce Futterer, Little Paw Wee.
Driftwood: Wanda Harrigan, Paul Baumann III, Bruce Futterer.
Bark Carving: Jerry Anglen, Monty Anglen, Bruce Futterer.
Relief - Buildings / Structures: Mary Waldeck, Bridges
Dillehay, Jo McKenzie.
Relief - Humans: Bruce Futterer, Sid Edelbrock, Roland
Ellis, Bob Hays.
Relief - Animal(s), Bird(s), Insect(s), Fish, etc: Roland
Ellis, Mary Waldeck, Stan McKenzie.
Relief - Miscellaneous: Deb Bergum, Sid Edelbrock, Mary
Waldeck, Bruce Futterer.
Chip Carving / Positive Image/Gouge: Warren Rauscher, Carol
Wherry, Bruce Futterer, Scott Powers.
Chip Carving / Negative Image: Carol Wherry, Warren Rauscher,
Jewelry: Wanda Harrigan, Jo McKenzie, Scott Powers.
Novelties / Bottle Stoppers: Sandy Smith, Frank Nixon,
Connie Hardt, Loren Woodard.
Dolls / Marionettes: Wanda Harrigan, Connie Hardt.
Spoons: Carol Wherry, Little Paw Wee, Bruce Futterer, Connie
Canes / Staffs: Little Paw Wee, Stan McKenzie, Jo McKenzie.
Santa Claus: Jim Willis, Bruce Futterer, Sid Edelbrock.
Holiday Items: Carol Wherry, Jo McKenzie, Stan McKenzie.
Mythical & Carousel Figures: Bruce Futterer, Jim Willis,
Stan McKenzie, Wanda Harrigan.
Wood Turning - Bowls / Goblets / Vases: Phil Wiles, Frank
Wood Turning - Pens: Frank Nixon.
All Other Turnings: Phil Wiles, Ron Ufkes.
Stylized: Jim Willis, Bridges Dillehay, Little Paw Wee,
Miniature: James Leifeld, Bruce Futterer, Carol Wherry.
Rough-outs: Jim Willis, Norm Rutledge, Monty Anglen, Carol
Instructor Assisted: Sandy Smith, Curt Shirkey, Sid Edelbrock.
Miscellaneous: Little Paw Wee, Russ Biros, Paul Baumann
III, Jo McKenzie.
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 7 carvers entered in the
afternoon's "Whittling Contest". Participating carvers were Marty
Wells of Gamaliel, AR; Sonia Nelson of Clarkridge, AR; Wm. Earl
Gray of Medon, TN; Loren Woodard of Sunrise Beach, MO; Chuck Bailey
of Flippin, AR; Stan McKenzie of Rogers, AR; and Bruce Futterer
of Russellville, AR. 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, given a block
of basswood, and instructed to carve "an animal". Larry Yudis,
BDavid Duncan and Tim Heinecke judged the results. First, second
and third place winners received a plaque from NAWC, plus a Woodcraft
Shop gift certificate and a pen woodturned by Bob Shaffer. Bruce
Futterer placed first; Wm. Earl Gray - second, and Chuck Bailey
- third. Special thanks go to Larry and Carol Yudis for their
generous gift certificate donation, Tim and Robyn Heinecke for
the basswood, The Locker Room for the engraving, and Dick Todd
for the walnut bases for the plaques.
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, Curt Shirkey, Bonnie Davis,
Dick Dulaney, 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. Jim Willis of Kansas City, MO, has accepted
our offer to be our judge at the 35th Annual Show to be held May
3 & 4, 2014. See you there! !
Photos by Deb Bergum