Woodcarver SIG

The Woodcarvers’ Special Interest Group meets regularly the
Fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The next SIG meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00 – 8:00ish

All (YOU!) are welcome!

Mark your calendars, the 2018 Elegance in Wood Show and Sale dates are March 16-17, 2018. As additional information becomes available it will be posted on our SIG page.  See the pictures below of the 2017 coveted KCWG Carvers’ Vest and 2017 Grand Champion David Laudenschlager with his carving.

Want to learn about bark carving? For our June SIG meeting we will be covering several aspects of cottonwood bark carving. We are also looking for topics for future meetings so if you have any area of interest, please let us know.

We are working on future meeting agendas and would like to get ideas from interested woodworkers/turners.

As always, beginning carvers are welcome.  We look forward to seeing you at our meeting.

Jim Brock, Leader

Links to features on this page:

2017 Elegance in Wood Show Winners
Carving Video
Golden Eagle Class
Clay Sculpture Class
Area Activities and Announcements
      43rd Annual Wood Art Fair Show & Sale
38th Annual Law Valley Sale and Competition
Other Local Meetings

Winning Entries at the 2017 Elegance in Wood Show

(Click on pictures for slide show)

Elegant Crowds, Carvings, Etc. from the 2017 Elegance in Wood Show


See a YouTube video of Dan Robidoux discussing wood carving HERE.


Golden Eagle Carving Class (Winter 2016-2017)

Proud Carving Class

The Project

The first ever decorative bird carving class at the KC Woodworkers Guild has been completed. Five individuals, none with bird carving experience, have completed a realistic 3/4 size Golden Eagle head. The head is in a flying position with a right turn.  Using tupelo wood, students cut the general shape with the Guild’s large capacity bandsaws, shaped the head and defined detail using the student’s micro motor tool, and mounted the head on to a display block constructed with the Guild’s saws and jointers.  When the bird was completely carved and properly attached, the students brought their bird to life by learning to paint in oil.

The Mentoring Process

The intent of this class was for students to gain basic skills and confidence to enable them to carve more complicated projects in the future. Highlights of the class included: shaping the bird using a clay model as reference, gluing tupelo together and learning to hide the seams, painting custom eyes by hand, properly setting and focusing eyes, reinforcing the bill with wire, attachment using square tubing, laying out and power carving feather patterns, color mapping, and painting depth with oil. The final class was supper at Minsky’s pizza.

Getting the Eye Just Right

We had an outstanding time together and I am proud of all the students! All students left with finished birds. No one was left behind!

As the instructor for this class, I am greatly appreciative of the class room space, the professional Guild facility, and the Guild staff who volunteer their time to make it all happen.



Final Product


Dan Robidoux,
KC Woodworkers Guild
Woodcarving Special Interest Group, (SIG)

Area Activities and Announcements


Fine Art Class: Clay Sculpture 
Want to learn clay modeling of a human figure, human bust, animal or bird?  Clay modeling is the first step to high end carving.  If you want to take a giant step, learn to make a clay model before you attempt to carve it.

Class meets: Friday evenings 5pm-8pm,  Independence area. $20 per class
Instructor:  Mark Sampsel, professional sculptor 
Call for details: 816-217-5236

Other Local Meetings

Northland Woodcarvers
Each Tuesday at 5:30 PM at
North Cross United Methodist Church
1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, Mo.64118
Contact: Randy George,  georgewoodcarving@earthlink.net

Sermon Center Woodcarvers
Monday, 9:00 to 11:00 AM and Wednesday, noon  to 3:00 PM
201 N. Dodgion St, 4th Floor
Independence, Mo. 64050
Contact: Al Rudd (816) 719-6356

Monday Night:  6:00 PM – 8:00PM
Leawood United Methodist Church
2915 W 95st; Leawood, KS
Contact  Terry Barke,r (913)217-7460

Thursday Morning: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
11100 College Blvd.; Overland Park, KS
Contact  Bill Corriston, (913) 338-0755