John is one of NAWA's long-time members and has participated as a teacher in our classes as well as an exhibitor/competitor in our annual shows. Be sure to check out his wonderful carving of the Seven Dwarfs which was the 3rd place Best of Show winner in the 2013 show. He has a fabulous video on YouTube about showing the carving of this piece from start to finish. You can go to his web site/blog and view some of his other accomplishments.
Steve is an extremely talented caricaturist and a member of the Caricature Carvers of America. Steve carries their incredible books plus a huge array of caricature rough-outs which I can personally attest, carve up into fabulous finished pieces. You can also find kits for clever kaleidoscopes, pens, a number of books, including those written by him, and more. Visit his website here.
David lives in Smithville, TN and has been carving since 2006. A true artist, he regularly competes (and wins numerous awards) in our annual woodcarving shows here in Huntsville as well as other shows around the US. He is extremely versatile, carving realistic, caricatures, animals, relief, busts, and even fireplace mantels. In addition to his carving projects, he also teaches, both in his studio in Smithville as well as in seminars including Townsend, TN and Prattville, AL. He accepts commissioned work and also sells some of his finished carvings. You can find a gallery of his work, carvings for sale, and a list of classes he teaches on his website. You can contact David here.
Dylan, an incredibly talented carver, is well known to most of us since he exhibits and competes with us every year. Dylan has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in shows around the US. He won Carver's Choice in the 2015 NAWA show and his incredible Magician was awarded Best of Show. His business, Rumbling Water Studios and Gallery, is located in Wetumpka, AL. Dylan also teaches both at his studio and at numerous venues around the country. Check his website for more information.
Most of our members swear by Heinecke's Northern Wisconsin basswood for all their carving needs. They have an online catalog that lists sizes but they will cut to your specifications at no extra charge. They also carry rough-outs by some well-known artists. While they do not take charge cards, they will ship your order and then bill you. Great people to deal with!
If you are looking for specialty art finishes, brushes, craft paints or other art supplies that you cannot find locally, this distributor has a wide selection, excellent prices and ships very quickly.
Very nice general woodcarving supply site. They have both a hardcopy catalog as well as a downloadable PDF catalog and an online catalog. They also carry an extensive line of powercarving bits and accessories as well as hand carving tools and supplies.
Gary McDaniel, 3 Crosses Woodcarving
Gary is a member of NAWA and does beautiful work. He has given us permission to post his YouTube Videos and you will find them HERE. Please go to his website to see his teaching schedule and purchase his DVD's and other merchandise.
These folks come highly recommended by Nedra Denison of Sawdust Connection. The owners bought out Rossiter Roughouts, which some of you may be familiar with, and offer over 600 different roughouts including animals, birds, bottle stoppers, cane heads, caricatures, relief, holiday, etc. All of the basswood roughouts include multi-view pictures of the finished pieces. They also carry Northern Minnesota basswood at competitive prices.
Makers of the incredible Sand-Flee, a small drum sander that comes in both 18" and 9" sizes, they also carry other wonderful sanding and finishing supplies. To see more about the Sand-Flee, you can view this VIDEO. Of special interest to the carver, are the finishing mops. These wonderful contraptions can be mounted in the drill press, the lathe, or a hand held drill. They are perfect for cleaning off "fuzzies" and/or slightly rounding rough edges without all the tedious hand sanding, even on thin or delicate pieces. To find out more, visit their website by clicking on the name above or contact Bob Raffo at 609-242-5082.
Sawdust Connection, owned by Nedra Denison, specializes in Pyrography books, supplies & tools. They carry Razertip systems, accessories, and hundreds of tip styles. Those she does not stock, she can special order at her discounted prices, and she passes those savings on to you. Sawdust Connection also carries the Razaire Dust Collection System and Foredom Tools and supplies. In addition to pyrography & carving tools Nedra also stocks pure pigment paints, mediums, applicators (including micro detail brushes recommended by Pat Moore in her carving classes) & a variety of other craft supplies. Nedra is an internationally known pyrographic artist and is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. She developed the first comprehensive, very honest, informative and unbiased comparison chart of all the major brands of wood burners made in North America. This review is available on her website and will help you in making purchase decisions. In addition, she has written several pyrography books that are also available through the Sawdust Connection. Her shipping is unbelievably fast and even when she is on the road she is able to fulfill most orders in a timely manner. You won't be disappointed in the Sawdust Connection.
Shawn is the author of 5 woodcarving books that many members of our club already own and love. Since his book Woodcarving Noah's Ark, and his generous sharing of advice and encouragement, was the beginning of my personal woodcarving odyssey, I wanted to share this resource. The carvings pictured on his website should provide inspiration for many rewarding projects.
Mac Profitt and the rest of the staff at Smoky Mountain can be found right up the road at Nawger Nob in Townsend, TN. They sponsor our annual show and are the most knowledgeable and helpful folks you can imagine. Any advice you need, any question you have, you can be sure they can help you out. They carry tons of tools, power carving equipment, books, and accessories. And their shipping is so fast that Mac's customers have told him that by the time they get off the phone from placing their order, their package is on the front porch! They have both an online and a hardcopy catalog.
One of our charter members, Phil Williams, swears by these folks who carry every size, shape, type, color and quality of glass eyes. If you carve realistic animals or people, you definitely want to check Tohickon out. They have a gorgeous hardcopy catalogue.
Woodcraft has been around since 1928, and carries more than 20,000 woodworking tools and supplies, all backed by a 90-Day Guarantee. This is a link to our closest store in Pelham, AL. They have both an online and hard copy catalog.
These folks carry a general line of woodcarving merchandise. Their claim to fame for some of us, however, is that they carry Guge Sanders. If you aren't familiar with these little jewels, check them out. They are invaluable, especially for small or delicate carvings. They have both a hard copy and online catalogue catalogue and a very nice website.
This lady is the one who is kindly allowing us to post her videos to our site. You may view them HERE. This link, however, is to her blog where you will enjoy her folksy style which adds a bit to her YouTube channel and Facebook content.
This is an international organization, based in the US, that promotes woodcarving through participation in their annual International Woodcarvers Congress. The Congress takes place over an entire week each June in Iowa, has competition in over 85 categories, and numerous classes in different forms of woodcarving. Dylan Goodson and Carole Jean Boyd are among the instructors listed for last year's Congress. If you are interested in joining or just knowing more, you can go to Affiliated Wood Carvers.
This is a free online magazine. Of interest is an ongoing series of patterns by "Ol" Don Burgdorf, whom many of you know and who participated for many years in the NAWA show. Ol Don tells us he is retiring but appears to still be a contributor to this e-magazine. Of interest also is that Susan Alexander, who wrote a great column in Carving Magazine, now out of publication, is writing a column for Carvers' Companion. There is a lot of good information here which carvers of all levels should enjoy.
This is the publication of the National Woodcarvers Association and is included with membership in the organization. Many of our Club's 1st Place and Best of Show Winners are published in this magazine each year.
Though the focus of this publication is, of course, scrollsawing rather than carving, many of the projects, tips and techniques, as well as some of the patterns, can be utilized for woodcarvers. And, since many of us use scrollsaws to cut some of our patterns, tips and updates on scrollsaws can also be helpful.
The focus of this publication, as the name suggests, is all aspects of decorative bird and decoy carving. It is also available in electronic form for your iPad, iPhone, Android, or other device that supports their content.
This is a bi-monthly magazine put out by Master Craftsman Publications, Ltd in Sussex, Ltd. Read in 57 countries, this magazine covers the international carving scene and can also be subscribed to on your iPad or other digital device.
This is probably the best known magazines for general woodcarving, at least in the United States They also have an extremely useful website with articles, patterns, reviews, and a very active forum where you can join in discussions and ask questions on any woodcarving-related topic. They also have some special Pyrography issues that you can purchase from their site.
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