National Wood Carvers Association
NWCA aims to promote woodcarving and fellowship among its members, encourage exhibitions and area get-togethers, list 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.
Tim Crawford is proud to be the President of the NWCA. He started carving as a Boy Scout, and made it through the ranks of Eagle Scout. Crawford spent 36 years as an agent with Nationwide Insurance Company, and for 30 years was an elected political officeholder, most recently serving as County Commissioner for many years.
Tim and his wife Debbie have 4 grown children, and seven grandchildren. Tim has served and chaired on many charitable boards and commissions, both 501 and Fraternal.
Crawford’s enjoyment of woodcarving has spurred him to do many shows and host educational opportunities for carvers. In 1995, the Crawford family hosted a carving show to draw interest for area woodcarvers, and started the Woodbee Woodcarving Club in Norton, Ohio.
Tim was elected as President in January 2021.
Director Charles Sapp resides in St. Charles, Missouri with his wife, Dale. They
have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University
of Kansas in Aerospace Engineering and was employed at McDonnell
Douglas / Boeing for over 40 years as an engineer in Structural Dynamics
Charles serves on many community boards and commissions and was councilman in the city of Bridgeton, Missouri for 8 years.
With over 20 years of carving and turning experience, Charles is a member of the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers, the National Woodcarvers Association, the Woodturners of St. Louis, and the American Association of Woodturners. He has trained with local and professional carvers and has taught beginning and advanced adult education carving classes in the City of St. Charles School District, St. Peters Art Center, and the St. Charles Community College.
Charles was appointed as Director in August 2021.
Originally from Dayton and Englewood, Ohio, Director Keith Alan Radick resides in Delaware, Ohio. An Eagle Scout. Keith served as chairman of the Blackhoof District Eagle Board of Review in Lima, Ohio. As the liaison to Boy Scouts of America for the Columbus (Ohio) Chippers Woodcarving Club he organized and taught classes in woodcarving safety and execution.
Keith attended Miami University of Ohio where he was a Fine Arts major and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Working 40+ years with Floyd Browne Group/CT Consultants in the
environmental engineering field, Keith semi-retired
in 2006 to assist his wife during her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease
Fully retiring in 2016, Keith created Radick LLC and focuses on wood as his medium (carving, burning, and sculpting). He is dedicated to learning while supporting and executing projects and training others. He attends numerous wood art shows and classes and is a member of the Columbus Chippers Woodcarving Club, National Woodcarvers Association, Ashland (KY) Area Woodcarvers, Oglebay Woodcarving Guild, Marion Whetstone Carvers, and Affiliated Woodcarvers. In addition, he carves with groups at the Delaware, Ohio, and Blendon Township (Westerville, Ohio, area) Senior Centers.
Keith was appointed as Director in August 2021.
Director Bob McGinnis lives with his wife, Sandi, in Amarillo, Texas. They have four adult children, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. An Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Iowa, Bob served in the U.S. Army for six years, and he has been an officer on several community boards.
Bob had a 40-year professional career in the Boy Scouts of America as Chief Executive Officer in Councils serving youth and volunteers in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma.
He began carving in 1953 earning the Scout Woodcarving merit badge. In 1969 he joined the National Wood Carvers Association and has all the Chip Chats since that time. He has sold and gifted hundreds of pieces in scores of subjects in nearly 70 years of woodcarving, and he has carved 102 different wood species.
A founding member (1999) of the Golden Spread Woodcarvers of Amarillo, Texas, Bob has served as that club's president and show chairman.
Through the years Bob has entered shows in Wheeling, WV; Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Lexington, KY; Tucumcari, NM; and Lubbock, Denver City, Aransas Pass, and Amarillo, Texas.
His other interests include: travel (all fifty states extensively,
and fifty-eight other countries), singing in a barbershop harmony chorus
and in two senior choruses, genealogy, writing memoirs, and as a
Scouting volunteer. He has lived in ten states - KS, MO, PA, IA, CO, NC,
WA, OH, WV, and TX. Bob was appointed as Director in August 2021.
Originally from the northeast, Rick Bissonnette moved to Cincinnati after college to begin a career as a chemical engineer. His 38 years of marriage to Debbie have produced 10 children and 13 grandchildren (so far). Rick's woodcarving journey began in 2011 when 2 of his children took a beginner class offered to homeschoolers by the Cincinnati Carvers Guild. Rick has held several offices in that club and was elected as Vice President of the NWCA in 2021 for a 3-year term.
Cathy Frye has been the Secretary/Treasurer of NWCA since 1995. She is responsible for the bookkeeping, payroll, withholding, tax returns, bulk mailings, and other associated administrative requirements.
Cathy maintains the mailing list by processing current renewals, former member renewals, new members, and changes of address.
Cathy has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University. Her interests include watching and playing tennis (singles & doubles), cheering on THE OSU Buckeyes, and seasonal income tax preparation. Cathy is married with 3 grown children, one granddaughter and resides in Madeira OH.
She began in 1969, along with her parents, Ed (deceased) & Lisa Gallenstein and her siblings. They collated, saddle stitched (stapled), trimmed, bundled, sacked, and hauled hundreds of thousands of CHIP CHATS Magazines to the bulk mailing center in Cincinnati, OH.
The mailing process has evolved over the years. Publishing starting with hand making plates for a Graphotype Stamping Machine; then graduating to an electric stamping machine. When membership grew to 22,000 the system was computerized. Mailing labels have evolved from printing addresses on an Avery label to the ink jetting process used today.
Julie Potluri first started working with Chip Chats Magazine as a kid, collating the pages by hand, along with her siblings, in the basement of their Cincinnati home. She also helped by saddle stitching the collated pages together and stuffing magazines into manila envelopes.
During her time at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Julie edited an environmental education newsletter. She became a science teacher, and did that for a decade, spending her summer months in the early 1990s helping compose Chip Chats, which had been moved out of her parents’ house and was now in a nearby office.These summer stints with Chip Chats evolved into a year-round job as assistant editor. When her father, Ed Gallenstein, passed away in 2015, she took over for him as editor. The office closed, and the all the desktop publishing equipment was moved to her basement in Madeira, Ohio, which is where she works today. Julie also serves as a Director.
Chris Whillock, Director, lives in Faribault, Minnesota. He is the son of professional woodcarver-author Ivan Whillock. Chris has been involved in carving his entire life. He teaches throughout the US and runs a tool and supply business (WhittlingShack.com). For seven years he was the editor of CARVING Magazine. He was appointed as a Director in June 2022.
Donna Thomas, Director, calls Nevada, Missouri home. She has three adult children, 6 grandchildren, and two “greats”. And one terribly spoiled Coton puppy. She is a graduate of Friends University with a Master’s in Organizational Management. Fifty years of work experience includes administrative positions at chamber of commerce, economic development, Regional Hospital, Community Action Agency, community college branch campus, etc.
She has served on many local, regional, and state boards and advisories, including the local board of education for 12 years. In 1988, she became the first female member of the Nevada Rotary club and is still active with her home club. Donna is currently secretary of the club and been awarded their Citizen of the Year status and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She also serves as sexton and secretary/treasurer of a rural cemetery, so her volunteer efforts are quite varied.
Donna started carving in 1988 when a carving club was formed in Nevada. She remains affiliated with clubs in Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas (and Nebraska) and has had carvings in their competitions. A member of Missouri Artisans Assoc (Best of Missouri Hands), she has also been a Super Moderator for the WCI Forum since 2002. A proud member of NWCA since 1989, she primarily enjoys bird carving, as well as Santas and realistic animals. She has been a guest woodcarver at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri since 2019 and was named their Outstanding Wood Carver of the Year in 2021.
Donna was appointed director in June 2022.
William Staley is the past president of the NWCA and now serving as a director and lives in Omaha, NE. Bill was a member of the Mid-America Wood Carvers and helped form what is now the Doane Experience. Bill was an attorney and Juvenile Court Judge in his home state of Nebraska.
Patrick Wentzel, Director, lives in Parkersburg, WV. Married to Brenda for 49 years, they have twin daughters and three grandsons. Patrick retired from General Electric Plastics/SABIC Innovative Plastics after 41 years as an Industrial Hygiene Specialist.
Patrick has been a member of the National Wood Carvers Association for nearly 40 years. Currently he is serving as National Carousel Association President. Patrick is the co-founder of the Carousel Modelers and Miniatures Association. He is the secretary-treasurer for Geppetto Woodcarvers, Parkersburg, WV and is a 45-year member of the Circus Model Builders organization.
He has taught woodcarving locally and shares his love of woodcarving at every opportunity. Patrick’s specialty is carving circus and carousel miniatures. His longtime passion is restoring and completing his one inch to the foot scale hand carved miniature circus parade. Patrick is also an avid photographer and cyclist.
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National Wood Carvers Association