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What's Inside the Holiday 2006 Issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts ...
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Welcome to the 2006 Holiday Issue! We’ve got a wonderful mix of Holiday projects and ornaments in this issue and, as always, special thanks go to all our talented designers and writers for their outstanding efforts.

Based upon your feedback, slotted ornament designs have been in high demand recently, so we’ve addressed that by including the Wilckens’ four slotted ornaments in this edition, along with Sheila Bergner-Landry’s twelve slotted wildlife ornaments; they’re all lovely and are sure to look great on your Christmas trees this year!

In keeping with our Holiday theme, we’ve got a heart-warming story (on page 23) by Jeff Zaffino detailing how his friend Mike Williams coordinated a toy-making effort to bring Christmas gifts to children in Mississippi whose homes had been wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. I’ve always found woodworkers overall to be a fine group of big-hearted people, and Jeff’s article confirms this. It’s great to be reminded about how much good can be accomplished when people get together and set their sights on a single constructive goal, refusing to become discouraged for any reason.

Even Wes’ Woodpile is holiday-oriented in this issue—Wes takes an in-depth look at Christmas trees, their history, and the various kinds that are on the market, along with their unique characteristics. As always, this special installment of Wes’ Woodpile is both fascinating and informative.

Dirk Boelman has produced hundreds of ornament patterns for us over the years and there have been many, many outstanding ones; having said that, I think this year’s batch is arguably his best, and that’s saying a lot! Don’t miss our next issue, November ‘06, when by popular demand, Dirk and Karen Boelman's two sons, Mike and Jamie, make their encore appearance as ornament designers—each boy will deliver ten unique ornaments and you will not be disappointed.

Our Reader’s Gallery feature has been going along beautifully, and I want to encourage all of you to keep those photos of your work coming in. Reader’s Gallery has really deepened our awareness of how very talented you, our audience, really is! We love seeing what you’re making, and the creativity behind all of your efforts is nothing less than awe-inspiring!
Please accept a big HAPPY HOLIDAYS! from all of us on the Creative Woodworks & Crafts staff, as well as a huge THANK YOU! to all of you for buying this publication and for being a magnificent audience!
Sincerely,
Robert Becker
Editor
purrfect presents Santa Puzzle
Purrfect Presents Santa Puzzle

holiday 2006 issue
Holiday 2006 Issue
Some projects from this issue:
Holiday 06 - Santa Clock
Santa Clock
slotted ornaments
Slotted Ornaments
In the Holiday 2006 Issue: More Photos from this Issue
Scrolling Projects:
Holiday Wreath
Purrfect Presents
Slotted Ornaments
Santa Puzzle
Fond Remembrances
Peace on Earth Card
20 Ornaments by Dirk Boelman
Christmas Trees

Miniature 3-D Ornaments
Santa Clock
Wildlife Slotted Ornaments
Snowflake Mobile
26 Ornaments by Sue Mey
Christmas Card Holder
Inlay Ornaments
Intarsia Projects:
Snowman Intarsia.
Praying Angels

Features:
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Wes’ Woodpile: Christmas Trees
Reader’s Gallery
Pick a Pack of Paper (with 6 Bonus Patterns)
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