National Wood Carvers Association
PO Box 43218 Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

Phone (513) 561-7045

Cover of the current Chip Chats Issue.  Join the NWCA to receive your copy.  Scroll down to see the current table of contents.

Media Gallery

Thanks to members of the Council Oak Woodcarvers Club of South Bend, IN for pictures of their booths at ArtBeat.  ArtBeat is an annual festival in South Bend, IN.  The chess set is a group project by the members of the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club in Converse, IN.  Check out their club site for activities and more information

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NWCA membership is $20 USD /year for addresses in the USA; $22 USD/year for Canadian addresses; and $26 USD /year for international.  Membership includes a subscription to the association publication, Chip Chats.



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The Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Chip Chats contains an election ballot for president and vice president of the NWCA.  Please complete the ballot and return it to: NWCA;  P.O. Box 43218; Cincinnati , OH 45243 before Dec 31, 2023.   Copies of the ballot are not accepted.   

At the National Wood Carvers Association, we are grateful to each and every member.  Every contribution you make helps the organization and community thrive!  Please know that you are appreciated every day.  We wish you much joy today and every day. 


For  70 years the NWCA has been promoting woodcarving and fellowship among its members, encouraging exhibitions and area get-togethers, listing tool and wood suppliers—in short, anything that aids the carver and/or whittler.

Many distinguished professional woodcarvers in the U.S. and abroad share their know-how with fellow members. NWCA proudly lists several internationally famous authors of woodcarving books on its roster.

Please complete our survey to help us better provide you with the articles and format that you prefer.  Click here to take the survey:  NWCA Carving Survey

Here is an overview of upcoming events.  For a detail listing of future events and to register your upcoming classes and events on the website - click on the calendar tab in the menu above.  

For even more events check your copy of Chip Chats.  To register your event in the Chip Chats publication, send the information to

Upcoming events


To better serve your interests as a wood carver,  the National Wood Carvers Association would like your input on a survey of carving interests.  Your feedback will help us provide articles and formats that promote carving and fellowship.  Thanks for taking the time to complete the survey.  Results will be published in a future issue of Chip Chats.

Click here to take the survey:  NWCA Carving Survey

Table of Contents for the Fall 2023 issue of Chip Chats.  Join the National Wood Carvers Association to receive your copy.


2 ... Letters to the Editor
3 ... Next Deadline: November 1
3 ... Buy an NWCA Patch or Decal
3 ... NWCA Membership Application
4 ... Statement of Ownership, Management, Circulation
4 ... Become a Sustaining Member of NWCA
5 ... How to Submit an Article to Chip Chats
5 ... NWCA Officer Election Ballot
6 ... Oglebay Club Promotes Youths Joe Hodorowski
7 ... ‘Uncle Sam’ Michael Bailey
7 ... Carver’s Tip Nora Hall
8 ... Unorthodox Club Celebrates 40th Year Natalie Talamo
8 ... Documentary: Carving the Divine Yujiro Seki
8 ... Cartoon in Wood Jim McGrath
9 ... Catatonk Valley 2022 Dave Baldwin
12 ... Eventful Year for Wellington, Ohio, Club Ann Mowery
14 ... Kerchief Slide SCUBA Diver Robert Motal
15 ... Alaska Wood Artistry Gino Del Frate
19 ... Paul MacHardy Cartoon: Famous Woodcarver
20 ... Jerusalem Peace Plate Wayne Barton
21 ... Exhibit Replaces Contest in Asheville Ken Michalove
24 ... A Spoon in the Toolbox is Priceless! Jim Bergman
24 ... Successful Show for NW Carvers Janet Johnson
30 ... Carve a Giraffe for Your Model Circus H. E. Sastram
32 ... North Jersey Carvers are Back! Jerry Cetrulo
35 ... Hit the Road in 2024 Tim Crawford
36 ... 47th Omaha Show and Sale Tom Paskach
39 ... ‘Noodles the Cat’ Russell Scott
39 ... 33rd Desert Show and Sale Bobby Gray
43 ... Instruction
44 ... Upcoming Events
45 ... Obituaries
45 ... Paid Advertisements


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PO Box 43218
Cincinnati, OH 45243

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