Vernon DePauw has been hand carving for more than 40 years, starting as a seventh grader in shop class. He was raised on a farm in northern Illinois, where his father taught him to do his best in everything he did and take pride in his work.
He is primarily self-taught. He carves mostly basswood with antique and traditional hand tools, finishing his carvings using 23-karat gold leaf, acrylic paints, or a combination of both. He has developed different methods of creating an old-looking finish so the pieces have a folk art look.
He draws inspiration from carvers and carvings of the past, adding his own artistic interpretation—sometimes by adding or removing accessories or changing a painted sign to a three-dimensional carving. He chooses to not sand the work to maintain a faceted surface.
DePauw’s goal is to produce a piece of handmade American art that is rooted in American heritage and tugs at the basic feelings of independence, freedom, and patriotism.
He demonstrates hand carving at area historical events to help the public understand the skill and time involved and gain a deeper appreciation for early carvers. He especially enjoys sharing with young people the art of woodcarving and some of the country’s history conveyed though historical carvings.
Many events listed on our calendar have been postponed or cancelled as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now a pandemic. If you must (or choose) to attend an event, we suggest you call and verify that it will be taking place as planned.
Our regular August 2020 edition has been printed on schedule and is on its way to all of our subscribers. Because of the Covid-19 situation, postal delivery sometimes is taking longer than usual, so please be patient. Subscribers should get their magazines before mid-July. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you suspect you have had a delivery problem—because our offices remained closed for the protection of our staff, we cannot answer telephone queries at this time.
All new web subscriptions will start with the October 2020 issue. Please email us at email@example.com if you have other subscription requirements.