VERNON DEPAUW


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Portrait of Vernon DePauw

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.

Eagles of the 1800's
28713 McClusky Rd.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-806-9550
Email: vernon@vldwoodcarver.com
Website: www.vldwoodcarver.com

Vernon DePauw has been selected for the following Directories:

2017
Year: 2017, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2016
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Holiday
HOLIDAY
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2014
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2013
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2012
Year: 2012, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2011
Year: 2011, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Wood
WOOD
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 27, 2016  Contact information updated March 24, 2015
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