Sauder Village
22611 St. Rt. 2
Archbold, Ohio 43502
In Northwest Ohio


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29th Annual Woodcarver’s Show & Sale

at Sauder Village

Exhibit - Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 2015
Workshops - Wednesday - Friday, October 21-23, 2015

The Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Show & Sale is a special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. Founder’s Hall will feature skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, pens and so much more. Special guest carver Wayne Barton will be demonstrating and teaching a workshop. The show features vendor tables with carving supplies, woodcarving demonstrations and lively music by Wes Linenkugal. On Saturday in the Historic Village, we will be demonstrating how the early settlers prepared for winter and food preservation demonstrations.

Woodcarver’s Show & Sale in Founder's Hall

Dates & Hours:
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets into the Woodcarver’s Show & Sale and entire Historic Village...
Adults - $16.00, Students (6-16) - $10.00  (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

Tickets into just the Woodcarver’s Show & Sale - $7.00
(Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit is located.)

Group rates:
Bringing a group of 20 or more? Special group rates and arrangements are available by calling our Group Sales Department at 800.590.9755.

Special Guest Artist:
Wayne Barton

Wayne Barton is an American-born professional woodcarver who lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with his Swiss wife, Marlies. He is also a Swiss citizen. First given an interest in woodcarving at the age of five under the tutelage of his Norwegian grandfather, he has had a serious interest in, and love for carving all his life.

Wayne took his formal training in Brienz, Switzerland, the woodcarving center of that country. Although versed in all disciplines of carving, he specializes in chip carving and has devoted the last twenty-five years to its advancement. Single handedly, he has been the driving force of the recognition and renaissance chip carving has enjoyed in North America this past quarter century.

Wayne Barton is the author of seven best selling books published in six countries and a video and all on chip carving. They are the most informative and instructional books and video on the subject available. He has developed the finest and the most popular chip carving knives used by more carvers than any other knives. These are the knives that have set the standard by which all others are judged. He also developed and pioneered the very popular ceramic sharpening stones in use today.

Wayne is the founder of The Alpine School of Woodcarving, Ltd., the oldest establishment in North America specializing in, and dedicated to the education, training, teaching, and encouragement of chip carving. In addition, he teaches at a variety of other venues including colleges, clubs, institutions, and organizations across the United States, Canada, and in Switzerland. He is also a visiting artist/lecturer at the esteemed Chicago Art institute in Chicago, Il. His carvings are sought after by collectors and can be found in private collections around the world.

Wayne Barton's work has been recognized and honored in special exhibition at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2005, he was named woodcarver of the year by Woodcarving Illustrated. Today, he continues carving, teaching and introducing others to this most enjoyable, decorative and easy-to-learn style of carving.

Wayne has been successfully conducting all-inclusive tours to Switzerland for over 25 years.

For more information about Wayne Barton, visit his website:


Josh Guge

Josh Guge, World Champion Wood Sculptor

At the age of thirteen Joshua began his art career by selling his sculptures to art galleries. By the age of seventeen he began competing in numerous art competitions around the country where he has won many “best of show” honors. In 2000, Joshua began working on a series of cast reproductions for the Danbury Mint. After graduating from Judson University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications, he began his own wood sculpting company called Fins in Wood. He has also taught art at Westminster Christian School in Elgin, Illinois. Josh continues to teach children and adults in his home studio, surrounding communities and around the country.

In 2004, Josh and Bob Guge became co-founders of The Guge Institute and Art Studio. This studio is located in Elgin, Illinois. Guge Institute classes include painting, carving, sculpting, drawing, airbrush, design and more.

Josh achieved one of his lifelong dreams in 2009, by becoming a World Champion sculptor. He won world titles in both the life-size and miniature divisions at the World Fish Carving Championships. In 2011, Josh became a three-time World Champion sculptor by winning “Best in World” Life-size Category at the World Fish Carving Championship.

For more information about Josh Guge, visit his website:


Ann Wenger

Woodburning artisan from Fort Wayne, IN. Long time exhibitor of the Sauder Village Woodcarver's Show & Sale.



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Workshops & Dinner Lecture

All class participants will receive two one-day complimentary admission passes to Historic Sauder Village. You can use this personalized, non-transferable pass on any day of the Woodcarver’s Show. Your passes will be given to you at class check-in and must be presented at the admission desk in order to gain entrance into the Historic Village.

“Welcome to the Decorative Art of Chip Carving” Workshop with Master Chipcarver Wayne Barton

Dates:  Thursday, October 22 - Friday, October 23,
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with one hour lunch break)
Location: Sauder Heritage Inn
Class Fee:  $250 /Members $235
Class Size:  Minimum 5 / Maximum 15

Skill Level:  All skill levels - No previous carving experience required. Wayne will work with each student individually based on their skill level

Description: Chip carving is the most decorative, functional, and quickest to learn when it comes to carving.  It may be applied to many items such as boxes, plates, furniture, mantels, cupboards utensils and much more.  The tools used (knives) are simple and few (two), and learning the layout of patterns and designs will show you how to create your own personal gifts and family heirlooms.

This class is designed for the beginning carver.  You will learn how to sharpen knives properly for hours of pleasant carving, and how to create various boarders, grids, rosettes and of course, lettering. 

This class is not project-oriented but rather concentrates on technique so you may work at your own pace.  This class will give you an excellent foundation to apply chip carving to, and develop your own projects.  The possibilities are endless.

Supplies Needed:  a good fixed blade carving knife, small V gouge, U gouge, and a sense of humor!  Some knives will be available for purchase at the class.


“Miniature Saw-whet Owl” Workshop with Wood Sculptor Josh Guge

Dates: Wednesday, October 21; Thursday, October 22; Friday, October 23
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)
Location:  Sauder Heritage Inn
Class Fee:  $295 / Members $280
Supply Fee: $20 (paid to teacher at time of class)
Class Size: Minimum 8 / Maximum 15

Skill Level: This is a power carving class. Josh will allow students who only work with knives in the class.

All students start with a tupelo cut-out. Josh will do a series of demonstrations that will teach students every aspect of carving and painting a realistic bird. Josh is going to cover all the intricacies of creating a soft feathered realistic look that has made him a much sought-after instructor.

A study cast will also be provided to use throughout the class and can be purchased if desired. Students who do not have time to finish their piece will be able to paint the cast.

Supplies Needed:  Click here for pdf of Supply List



“Woodburning for Project Enhancing” Workshop with Ann Wenger

Dates: Thursday, October 22 – Friday, October 23
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)
Location:  Sauder Heritage Inn
Class Fee:  $175 / Members $160
Class Size: Minimum 5 / Maximum 12

Skill Level:  Beginners to Accomplished. This workshop will be tailored to your needs and skill level.

This workshop will teach you how to enhance by woodburning any projects such as plates, boxes, jewelry, gourds, carvings, portraits, or wall décor. You will also have the opportunity to colorize your project.

Supplies Needed:  Bring your own burner & tips. If you want to colorize your project you can bring Prismacolor pencils. Instructor will also share hers.

Supplies Provided:  Instructor will provide practice boards or you can bring a special project to work on. Transfer paper and miscellaneous supplies needed for most projects will be provided.   


Annual Woodcarver’s Awards Banquet

Date: Saturday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Wayne Barton
Location: Sauder Heritage Inn
Tickets: $30.00 per person (pre-registration required)

In addition to your workshops, plan to join us for the annual Woodcarver’s Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. After a delicious buffet dinner, awards are presented for winning exhibitors at the show and Wayne Barton will serve as our guest speaker.


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Help us to Continue Our Programming by Becoming a Member of Historic Sauder Village! Not only do Sauder Village Members receive discounts on class fees, but as a Member you also gain unlimited admission to the Historic Village and discounts in our Gift Shop, General Store and Quilt Shop throughout the term of your membership. Sauder Village, a non-profit public educational institution, is able to continue its programming, such as the Woodcarvers' Show & Workshops because of the generous support of our members. Consider becoming one of our valued Sauder Village Members. Call 800.590.9755 to register your membership and qualify for your class discounts right away!

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