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.
2019 Directory Participants
The deadline is past for applying to enter the 2019 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Applications are now in the hands of the jury, who will select the best artistry to include in the Directory. When the judges have completed their selections, we will individually notify each participant whether he had been selected. Please refrain from contacting us during the jurying process. It will only slow things down.
We've mailed the
April 2019 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 April issue by the beginning of March.
All new web subscriptions will start with the June 2019 issue. Call us at 440-543-8566 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Pennsylvania
In southwest Pennsylvania: Brick 1 1/2 story with detached garage, full basement on 2+ acres. Interior: antique beams, wood
paneling, hardwood floors. Located in Laurel Highlands, near two ski resorts
and state parks. .