36th Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 2 & 3, 2015
North Arkansas Woodcarvers' 36th Annual Show and Sale was held
May 2 and 3, 2015 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain
Home, Arkansas. Carvers, their guests and woodcarving vendors
came to the Ozarks to exhibit, compete, demonstrate, visit and
sell their carvings/wood turnings/carving supplies. More than
144 ribbons, plaques and awards were presented including 52 cash
prizes throughout the weekend. The competition's judge, Adina
Huckins, carefully scrutinized 221 carvings entered for judging
from the 48 categories. Adina was assisted by NAWC club members
Roberta Dulaney, recorder; Debra Bergum, photographer; Jason Gambill
and Gary Smith, announcers; Dick Dulaney, carving entry table;
Norm Rutledge, carving entry handler; Bonnie Davis and Sandy Smith,
Barb Edelbrock and Deen Shirkey arranged for coffee and for club
members to bake tasty treats for Saturday morning. Weekend volunteers
John Siebrandt, Rich & Lynda Heydt, Cindy Stephens, Bob Shaffer,
John & Betty Gregory, Mary Brissey, and Diane Gumm 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". Terry Balcom,
Mary Ragan, Marty Wells, Pat Walsh, Karen Rutledge, Paul Baumann,
Marsha Doran and Troy Strawn did a wonderful job selling tickets
and taking turns manning the door prize table where drawings were
held every half hour. Ray Killen's salesmanship skills again proved
outstanding as he "sold" raffle tickets for the Hillbilly Chess
Set and a Nativity scene. Barb Edelbrock, Deen Shirkey, Margaret
Killen, Penny and Marty Wells, Robert Baser, Claude Roper, Sue
Windeknecht, Mary Adair, and Pat Walsh handled the club tables
selling T-shirts, mugs, hats, NAWC patches, memberships, carvings
for charity, etc. Bob Ahrens was our Saturday evening's Security
Guard…many thanks go to Bob for a "job well done!" And truly appreciated
are those members who volunteered to help during the Show but
did not get recognized because their names were not on the sign-up
list. Their help filling in the "gaps" makes the Show run even
year the NAWC club membership created a wonderful "Nativity" scene
complete with the manger and animals, and a "Hillbilly" chess
set to use as their 2015 raffle projects. The drawing for each
of these works of art will be in December. 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.
Ray Killen designed and constructed the Manger, and Len Kieltyka
painted the evening sky backdrop. The nativity scene exhibit figures
were carved by Skip Janecek, Bob Axel, Sonia Nelson, Paul Baumann,
Marty Wells, Sid Edelbrock, Jackie Miller, Ray Killen, Margaret
Killen, Sandy Smith, Penny Wells, Diane Gumm, Debbie Shook, and
Norm Rutledge. Ray Killen designed and made a beautiful oak cabinet
to house the marble chess board and hand carved pieces for the
chess set. The pieces were carved by Ray Killen, Margaret Killen,
Kathi Clark, Sonia Nelson, Norm Rutledge, Sandy Smith, Amy Wainscott,
Jason Gambill, Marty Wells, Sid Edelbrock, Paul Baumann, Mary
Ragan, John Gregory, Jackie Miller and Don Hines. Chances for
the two projects will be sold until December 3, which is the date
for the drawing.
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:
Stew Blain, Margaret Killen, Gary Turner, Timothy Higginson, Roger
Stegall, Carol Wherry, and Clarence Moe.
evening's banquet dinner/auction was held at the Elks. 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.
place Best Of Show honors went to Phil Wiles of Norfork, Arkansas;
Second Place Best Of Show, Dan Robidoux of Independence, Missouri;
Third Place Best Of Show, Mike Pounders of North Little Rock,
Arkansas. Best Table Display and Peoples Choice honors were awarded
to Phil Wiles of Norfork, Arkansas. The Caricature Carvers of
America, represented by Randy Landen and Sandy Smith, awarded
the CCA Award to Mike Pounders of North Little Rock, Arkansas.
of the Novice / Open Division competition, listed as category
then place won - first, second, third and honorable mention were:
Novice - Instructor Assisted: Mary Brissey, Hugh Avant,
Novice - "In the Round": Shawn Krogman, Robert Lowe.
Novice - Relief: Gerry Gerhardt, Jason Gambill, Shawn Krogman.
- Pyrography: Mary Brissey, Shawn Krogman.
Novice - Caricature:
Novice - Miscellaneous: Shawn
Realistic Human Figure (single): Gerald Krogman, Bridges
Dillehay, Chuck Bailey.
Realistic Animal (single): Kathi Clark, Bridges Dillehay,
Realistic Animal Bust (single): Bridges Dillehay, Chuck
Realistic Group: BDavid Duncan, Dick Dulaney, Kathi Clark.
Realistic Fish / Marine / Aquatic Life (single or group):
Gerald Krogman, Gary Turner, Russ Biros, Len Kieltyka.
Song Bird (single or group): Dan Robidoux, BDavid Duncan,
Bird of Prey: BDavid Duncan, Dan Robidoux.
Shorebird: BDavid Duncan.
Game Bird: Dan Robidoux, Russ Biros.
Ducks / Waterfowl (single or group): Clarence Moe, BDavid
Duncan, Richard Bloss.
Caricature Human (single): Mike Pounders, Paul Baumann
III, Bridges Dillehay, Dick Dulaney.
Caricature Human or Animal in a Scene: Sandy Smith, Mike
Pounders, Roger Stegall, Randy Landen.
Caricature Animal, Bird or Fish (single): Mike Pounders,
Kathi Clark, Sandy Smith, Margaret Killen.
Caricature Bust: Roger Stegall, Kathi Clark, Denny Villwok.
Caricature Group: Kathi Clark, Mike Pounders, Roger Stegall.
Pyrography - Buildings / Structures: Gerald Krogman, Deen
Shirkey, Barb Blain.
Pyrography - Miscellaneous: Phil Wiles, Diane Gumm, Gerald
Driftwood: Bridges Dillehay, Wanda Harrigan, Kathi Clark,
Bark Carving: Jerry Anglen, Margaret Killen, Rod Engle.
Relief - Buildings / Structures: Mary Adair, Dave Peterson,
Relief - Humans: Deb Bergum, Kathi Clark, Sid Edelbrock.
Relief - Animal(s), Bird(s), Insect(s), Fish, etc: Kathi
Clark, Diane Gumm, Mary Adair.
Relief - Miscellaneous: Dave Peterson, Tom Mayfield, Curt
Shirkey, Margaret Killen.
Chip Carving / Positive Image/Gouge: Warren Rauscher, Carol
Wherry, Scott Powers.
Chip Carving / Negative Image: Tommy Johnson, Carol Wherry,
Jewelry: Wanda Harrigan, Curt Shirkey, Richard Bloss, Diane
Novelties / Bottle Stoppers: Barb Blain, Carol Wherry,
Dolls / Marionettes: Connie Hardt, Wanda Harrigan.
Spoons: Connie Hardt, Kathi Clark, Hugh Avant, Dave Peterson.
Canes / Staffs: Gerald Krogman, Kathi Clark, Jerry Anglen.
Santa Claus: Roger Stegall, Mike Pounders, Norm Rutledge.
Holiday Items: Carol Wherry, Sonia Nelson, Gerald Krogman.
Mythical & Carousel Figures: Russ Biros, Connie
Hardt, Mike Pounders.
Wood Turning - Bowls / Goblets / Vases: Phil Wiles, Frank
Nixon, Rod Engle.
Wood Turning - Pens: Frank Nixon, Phil Wiles.
All Other Turnings: Phil Wiles, Denny Villwok, Rod Engle.
Stylized: Bridges Dillehay, Gerald Krogman.
Miniature: Kathi Clark, Carol Wherry, Mike Pounders, Wanda
Rough-outs: Roger Stegall, Denny Villwok, Norm Rutledge,
Instructor Assisted: Sandy Smith, Kathi Clark, Mary Adair.
Miscellaneous: Russ Biros, Connie Hardt, Clarence Moe,
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 8 carvers entered in the
afternoon's "Whittling Contest". Participating carvers were Chuck
Bailey of Flippin, AR; BDavid Duncan of Harrison, AR; Sonia Nelson
of Clarkridge, AR; Denny Villwok of Galena, MO; Roger Stegall,
Mayflower, AR; Stew Blain of Lampe, MO; and Clarence Moe of St.
were given a time limit of 1 hour plus a 10-minute break after
the first 30 minutes. Jason Gambill 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 "anything". Larry Yudis, Adina Huckins 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 carving knife. Roger Stegall placed first; BDavid Duncan - 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. Ray Killen
"redesigned" the frames for our signs, and he, Jason Gambill and
Bob Shaffer meticulously built new "extremely-easy-to-assemble"
frames for all twenty of our show's signs. The "sign set-up committee"
members were Paul Baumann, Bonnie Davis, Dick Dulaney, Bob Shaffer,
Norm Rutledge, Jason Gambill, 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. Debbe Edwards has accepted our offer to be
our judge at the 37th Annual Show to be held May 7 & 8, 2016.
See you there!
Photos by Deb Bergum