I’ve opened my newest Blog Page recently and am still in the process of adding entries for every book in my personal Woodcarving Library. Believe me, this “isn’t a ‘Lending’ Library;”!  Go to the “Pages” Menu on the right and “click”: “My Woodcarving Library”. I put great importance to the benefit these books and publications have afforded me over the last 2+ decades of Wildfowl Woodcarving. It occured to me that others might benefit from learning what they are. The following is the “Forward” for that new page.

I took classes three times in my first year of woodcarving.  These were from Carver/Teacher Bob Wening. Bob was good at introducing a “Newby” to the basics. He mentored me by persuading me to enter my first Woodcarving Show in Troy, OH in 1988. He “Snatched” me from my Show-Table in Columbus, OH in 1989 to “Fill-in” as Demonstrator in Power-Carving Demo because his scheduled Demonstrator hadn’t shown-up. I gave the “talk”  &  did the “walk”!  That same year, he recruited me to fill-in for him for two weeks, teaching his class on the Peregrine Falcon while he left town on a business-trip.  He was a good mentor. After that first year and until last year, I’ve learned very much from the following list of books in my library. I consult them continously. It’s like having the “Masters” in my shop when I need them.  And about last year, I enrolled in Bob Guge’s 2-Day Nuthatch Workshop while we were at the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in Archbold, OH. It took Bob Guge to drag me out of my Library. Enjoy….


Happy birding and carving, Bill