Woodcarver SIG

clublogoThe 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, March 28th at 7:00 p.m.

All (YOU!) are welcome!

Jim Brock, Leader

Links to features on this page:

2017 “Elegance in Wood Show and Sale”
Diamond Willow Sale
Carving Video
Great Plains Woodcarvers’ Show
Golden Eagle Class
Clay Sculpture Class
Other Local Meetings

You are invited to attend the 2017 Elegance in Wood – Show and Sale,
at John Knox Pavilion, 400 NW Murray Rd, Lee Summit, MO.

A great place to Get Help, Share Ideas and Make New Friends.
March 24, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and March 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Admission: $5.00 per person (children under 12 are admitted free).
This event is a time to Recognize and Financially Reward Excellence, while providing a platform for woodworkers to bring their work to market.

Virginia Rail

Raffles! Upon admission, you will receive 2 complementary tickets to participate in our raffle conducted on the hour and every hour for the duration of the show. We have a collection of quality items (tools, wood, books, gift certificates, and cash) with a collective retail value of over $1800 (you must be present to win).  

Vendors! Our prime vendors travel hundreds of miles to support our show and sell an array of supplies, tools, wood, and rough outs.  

Winners! At 11:00 am on Saturday, March 25, we will announce the winners of our judging competition and award prize monies.  Several great craft workers will be recognized as Grand Champion, Best of Show, or 2nd Best of Show. 

Stylized Lily

We look forward to your support in the continued success of our show, which has been an annual event in the Kansas City area for over 40 years. In the coming years, we have plans to encompass other areas of interest found in the Guild.

Dan Robidoux, Show Chair

See Exhibitor Information HERE.

John Krantz, a prime vendor at the 2017 Elegance in Wood Show and Sale March 24-25, will be selling raw, fresh cut, quality Diamond Willow at the show!  Diamond Willow is willow that has be infected with a fungus. The willow is a hearty tree and has a strong determination to live and grow, despite the fungus.  The willow will grow around the infected areas and the willow will acquire unique shapes, color and texture, and transform itself into Diamond Willow. The story of the Diamond Willow is a fantastic metaphor for facing the difficulty and challenges of life with the determination to grow and live.

Diamond Willow is the preferred walking/hiking/mushroom hunting stick, elders staff, walking cane material.  Quality Diamond Willow is hard to find because it grows in remote “hard to get to” places and needs to be harvested in the winter.

If you buy some Diamond Willow from John, bring it with you to the Woodcarvers SIG meeting (4th Tuesday of the month) and we will show you how to finish it. 

This is an exceptional opportunity!

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

MAY 20 & 21, 2017
See the complete story 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)



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,  (816) 716-1490

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