Under Stonehenge Not sure of real title

Posted in Figurative, Full figure, Full figure fantasy creature, Sculptures on February 15, 2011 by David Heatwole


















Posted in Stories about John Heatwole on February 14, 2011 by David Heatwole

25 November 2006

Shenandoah Valley Loses Noted Civil War Historian

Reposted From:   http://oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html

I was saddened to hear of John Heatwole’s passing the day before Thanksgiving. John was, for many, many years, in addition to being an author, sculptor, and lecturer, the host of WSVA Radio’s “Civil War on the Air” – a monthly, two hour call in radio program about the Civil War. John often interviewed many famous scholars and authors such as Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr., Robert Krick, James McPherson, and Gary Gallagher. He even interviewed less famous authors — like me! I always made it a habit to listen when possible and will miss John’s insights and commentary. One of John’s best known books, The Burning – Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, is a classic and gives a detailed account of Union General Philip Sheridan’s brutality and cruelness here in the Valley. Sheridan’s name is still disdained by old-timers here.
Though we were not intimate, I counted John a friend as he was one of the first persons to encourage me to write my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class. John will be missed, especially his voice and laughter coming from my radio. I hope WSVA recorded those programs for posterity. The photo is of John lecturing on the battle of Cross Keys. See obituary below:

John L. Heatwole, age 58, of Swoope died Wednesday, November 22, 2006 in Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 24, 1948 in Washington, D. C. and was the son of the late John L. Heatwole, Jr. (formerly of Dayton) and the late Lillye Marie Preston Heatwole.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed by the Library of Congress before returning to his roots in the Valley in 1974.

Mr. Heatwole was a well-known sculptor, folklorist, historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. He served as co-chairman of the Rockingham County Bicentennial Commission and on numerous committees and commissions dedicated to preserving the Valley’s traditions and historic sites.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Miriam Dale Heatwole; his son, David F. Heatwole and wife Dawn and their children of Martinsburg, W. Va.; a sister, Stephanie Heatwole Price and husband George of Warrenton. Also surviving are his father’s widow, Lillian Cash Heatwole of Woodbridge; two half sisters, Theresa Howe and Juanita Ford; and two stepbrothers, Wayne Heatwole and Lawrence Heatwole.

Burial was private in Green Hill Cemetery in Churchville, as John wished. Memorial donations may be sent to AMC Hospice of the Shenandoah, Rockingham Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, or to a memorial scholarship fund in his honor by contacting the Harrisonburg, Rockingham Historical Society.

(From The Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Virginia)

John L. Heatwole – The Wizard of Wood

Posted in Photos of John on April 5, 2009 by David Heatwole
John L. Heatwole next to his studio in Bridgewater, Virginia photo taken in the mid 1980's.  The bee graphic on John's studio sign was designed by his son David.  The honey bee can be found on the Heatwole family crest.

John L. Heatwole next to his studio in Bridgewater, Virginia in the mid 1980's. The bee graphic on John's studio sign was designed by his son, David. The honey bee can be found on the Heatwole family crest.

Note from John’s son and Blog Author

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2009 by David Heatwole

Hello visitor.

You may already be familiar with who John L. Heatwole III was and about his talents, or you may be totally new to learn about him.  Either way it is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this blog about my Father.

The first thing I must stress is that most of the photographs that you are going to see here were taken from scanned slides or were supplied by collectors and may not be the best quality.  In many cases I have had to go in and edit these in order to take out large spots that may have been dust spots on the slides or taken away the backgrounds so only the art would be visable.  Luckily, so far, none of the slides I’ve been able to scan have had major scratches on them.  I will be adding scanned show announcements, brochures, stationary and anything else that I can find in order to preserve it and to make some kind of order to it all.

My father’s studio was flooded twice before he finally moved away from Bridgewater.  Because of these floods much of what John had saved in the form of sketches, photos, slides, records, articles and awards were lost or given to those that were there to help him salvage what was in his opinion worth saving.   My family requests that if you are/were a collector of his work and can take photos or will allow me to take photos please let me know.   If you have any stories that you would like to share please feel free to do that to.

His family misses him dearly and this is one way to stay in touch with those memories.

Thank you.  David Heatwole

Flyer for exhibit at New Visions Gallery

Posted in Exhibition Literature with tags , on March 25, 1990 by David Heatwole

Egg Mouse

Posted in animals, Sculptures, Sold at Auction after death on January 2, 1980 by David Heatwole

mouse with egg2

mouse with egg4

mouse with egg3

mouse with egg5

Once and Future King

Posted in Figurative, Full figure, multiple figures, Sculptures with tags , on February 21, 1979 by David Heatwole

“Once and Future King”  was made out of two types of wood, Linden was the primary and Pine.   It is 10″ deep x 24″ wide x 12″ tall.  Created in 1979.   I love this piece for the mood it evokes.  I am not sure my father could have captured this same mood as he became more refined in his craft, not saying that he couldn’t have created an equally pleasant mood but there is something to be said for the roughness of this piece as well as the faded colors.

Rudolph – Ah! just got the humor!

Posted in Rudolph Evers on March 21, 2013 by David Heatwole

21460181This piece was in the collection of Rudolph Evers.  Not sure if it was a commissioned piece but I am sure that it was created intentionally for Mr. Evers.

Commissioned piece from Rudolph Evers

Posted in Rudolph Evers on March 18, 2013 by David Heatwole


This was one of many carvings that Rudolph Evers commissionedor purchased.  Rudolph was the owner of what i think was called Evers Family Restaurant.

16 1/2 in. long.

running rabbit knife handle.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 by David Heatwole
Nice carved knife handle by John L. Heatwole

Nice carved knife handle by John L. Heatwole

3 figures. Center figure Potter John Heatwole.

Posted in Figurative, Full figure, Sculptures, Sold at Auction after death on January 2, 2013 by David Heatwole


The figure in the center was a portrait of my 3rd Great grandfather Potter John Heatwole.   A well known character from the Shenandoah Valley history whose work is still highly collectible and sought after.

Beautiful set of J.L. Heatwole tools

Posted in Figurative, Sculptures, Tools on January 2, 2013 by David Heatwole











This was a nice collection of tools that John used for many years.  Sold at auction in 2012.

Art lists from 3 years of exhibits at Neiman Marcus in D.C.

Posted in Exhibition Literature, Exhibitions, Sculptures on July 2, 2011 by David Heatwole

Here are three lists of work from three consecutive shows that John had at Neiman Marcus in Washington D.C.  During the first year I believe he also created very involved pieces for their Christmas Windows.  When people ask me how many pieces my father would create in a year I can only go by these records to show how many pieces he produced the year leading up to the exhibit.  There were probably a few more pieces created during this time that he had to sell to survive and also to give as gifts to his loved ones.

Interesting that he started using his name and the title “Wizard of Wood” bestowed upon him by The Washington Post on the list from the third year.