John Hoesman, the Carving Fool

"Clashmore Mike"

(Irish Terrier, Notre Dame mascot until 1963)

Welcome to my website!  If you are searching for hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts, a special piece of artwork for your home, or a colorful pin to wear with that new jacket, I may be able to help.


The galleries on the following web pages show samples of my woodcarvings, including caricatures of coaches and famous and not-so-famous people, pins and refrigerator magnets, and ornaments and other hand-carved items.  For those of you looking for something to hang on the wall, I also offer paintings and drawings, samples of which are shown in separate galleries on this site.


I try to make ordering as simple as possible for you and will do my best to meet your deadlines.  Thanks for visiting my website.  I hope you find your visit enjoyable. 


This week at "The Works," November 22-28, 2020

Highlights of this week's work will include carvings of  Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler (above), a carving of Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty, and a rather difficult custom order woodcarving.  I'll continue work on  an oil landscape painting and an acrylic landscape painting of the Portage River.  I'll also work on a couple of pen and ink drawings and mess around with some charcoal drawings of trees.  Work on updating this website will continue...