Jan Oegema is a wonderful teacher - he's talented, patient, and has a great sense of humour.  (hey...you didn't hear it here...but his nickname is the "woodbutcher")

Jan came to Canada in 1950 from the Netherlands.  He started chipcarving on his own in 1972 on and off.  In 1989, he got involved with the Bowmanville Woodchip Club, and there was no looking back.


Jan is a member of the National Wood Carvers Association, as well as:

  • Ontario WCA  

  • Bowmanville Wood Chips

  • Northumberland WCA 

  • Brooklin WCC

  • Quinty WCA

  Jan carves almost everything ...

                                      ... anything but "birds".


Jan started teaching in 1991 on Saturday mornings;

he now has 6 classes per week

 in the Fall and Winter.


Jan loves to go to Branson Missourri for the carving rendezvous every June.

Jan is scheduled to teach "wood spirits" in March 2001, in Branson, Missouri (in Silver Dollar City).