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Ed Dorsey
10/28/2009 —

Ed Dorsey discovered his love for woodcarving during his Boy Scout days back in 1978 after watching carver and Penn State alum Dave Pergrin create a duck head in front of his very own eyes. With a few lessons from Pergrin and some self-teaching, Dorsey has mastered the art. And to honor his skill, Dorsey was named Woodcarver of the Year by the William Rush Woodcarving Club.

Dorsey's ducks, turtles, songbirds, chipmunks, bears and owls will be on display at the 26th Annual William Rush Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Penn State Brandywine Commons/Athletic Center Gymnasium.

But the show will feature more than just woodcarvings. Sister Rose Immaculate Waller, of Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, will reveal her creative instincts as she displays her stunning photography depicting wildlife, flowers and scenery.


The event will also include door prizes every hour, sales on books, tools and supplies and demonstrations from talented carvers. Admission to the event is a $4 donation, which will benefit the Delaware County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association scholarship fund. Children under 12 are free with an adult.

Since perfecting the art of woodcarving, Dorsey, of Media, has spent much of his time sharing his talent with others. Two of his friends and pupils are a testament not only to his skill, but to his ability to teach—both friends won ribbons at a previous Woodcarving Show. "My most recent student is my nine-year-old granddaughter, Taylor. She selects her favorite patterns and traces them on the wood," Dorsey said. "After I cut them out on the band saw, she helps me with the sanding, wood burning and painting. She hasn't started carving yet, but it's only a matter of time!"

The William Rush Chapter of the National Woodcarvers Association takes its name from William Rush (1975-1833), a colonial Pennsylvanian who was apprenticed under his father in the shipbuilding trade. Rush’s interest turned to woodcarving, and his frigate figureheads established his fame. He worked from a shop in Philadelphia, carving not only ship figureheads, but also allegorical figures and life-sized busts.

For more information on the art show, please contact Jack Robinson at 302-475-2581.

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