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.
Vernon DePauw has been selected for the following Directories:
Biography updated October 3, 2016 Photograph updated October 27, 2016Contact information updated March 24, 2015
Or call 440-543-8566 to subscribe or buy back issues.
2,818 days until America's Sestercentennial
Special offer for Golden Glow Members
We have a special bundle deal of Christmas and December back issues
for members of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past. If you're a member and have the code from your last mailing, please Click Here to take advantage of this great offer.
We've mailed the
October 2018 issue of Early American Life to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new October issue by the end of August.
All new web subscriptions will start with the Christmas 2018 issue. Call us at 440-543-8566 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Pennsylvania
This architect-designed colonial home based on the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia. Features custom millwork and plenty of amenities. The tavern room holds one of 3 wet bars and a Rumford fireplace. The home’s 4,300 sq ft encompass 4 bedrooms with a first-floor suite and a second-floor chamber with full bath, either appropriate as an owner’s suite. The spacious brick patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining.. $585,000.