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2015 Season Woodcarving Shows of interest to woodcarver's in the south Florida region click here

Woodcarving seminars projected for the Englewood/Charlotte County, FL area in the 2015 season:

  • Charley Phillips - Carving Flowers - January 26-30. This is a 5 day class with an option for a 3 day class doing a smaller project

    Charley is known for her delicate floral carvings on many practical and useful items. Decorative painter for many years, she turned to woodcarving in 1995. Her work has won awards in several regional woodcarving shows. She has written articles for Woodcarving Illustrated issues #32 and #35 featuring floral relief carving projects. Charley won "Best of Show" recently at the Dayton Ohio Artistry in Wood 2014 show.

    This is a 5 day class doing the Flower box that appeared on the cover of Chip/Chats magazine May-June 2009 issue. Instructional Fee for the 5 day class is ???, the Basswood box blank is $35. If you prefer to do several smaller less complicated projects rather than this featured project, she will have various sized Basswood projects you may alternately choose from which range in price up to $35.

    Tools- typical palm sized hand tools and a sharp knife. Charley use 20 degree #3 and #5 left and right skews for getting under the flower pedals. It would also be nice to have a large narrow V tool such as the OCCT 32 degree with palm handle or the Swiss made V tool (the 16/6 model and/or 16/3 which are hard to find 35 degree V-tools)and a 1/2 inch flat skew chisel. Charlie provides all paints but you need to bring a brush or two including a #5 round brush. Email Jim O'Dea at if you need any of these OCCT tools as only a limited number will be available.

    On the cover of Chip/Chats is the featured project Charlie will be doing at the Spring LPWE

    click images for larger view

    and other possibilities you could chose include: or Cost info and other details of the class are yet to be determined. I will be sanding out a yahoo-group newsletter when the details are ready so please sign up at top of our home page. Or see more of her carvings here.

  • Leah Goodard - Realistic Animals - "Moose". Monday 9 February to 13 February 2015 in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL The Moose rough-out is 12' long x 6" wide" x 12" tall, (and a bit taller with the antlers which are attachments.) Roughout cost is $60. The cost for the class is $170 instructional fee. This is a new project for Leah which she is currently working on. Pictures will be posted when avaiable

    Using simple hand tools and a wood burner, students begin from a basswood rough-out, learning the techniques used to create any realistic animal. Close attention will be paid to detail, texturing and anatomy. Contact Jim O'Dea @ to reserve a spot in this class.

  • Pete LeClair - Caricature - CCA member will be doing a 4 day full figure class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL Tuesday thru Friday 17 - 20 February 2015. Contact Jim O'Dea @ to reserve a spot in this class.

    Last years project was the Hobo -pete will carve a new character for our 2015 project.

    Pete also teaches at the Lake Placid Woodcsrving Experience in Sept, details here. and has taught at the CCA Carve-a-long East held in Lake Placid, NY in May each year - see details here.

    Pete, a resident of Gardner, Massachusetts, has been carving since 1973 and began showing his work in 1990. In 1994 Pete won Best of Show at the Susquehanna Decoy and Woodcarving Show in Pennsylvania, and is a two time Texas Whittling Champion in the open competition! See more about Pete LeClair and his woodcarvings.

    Pete has a painting video on YouTube click here.

    Pete teaches in a very structured manner, step by step. Thus to get the full benefit of the class students must be there at the start and stay thru the end of the class.

    Pete recommends (but not required) : 1/4, 3/8,1/2" #9 sweep Ramelson or OCCT, 3/8, 1/2: #7 sweep Ramelson or OCCT 3/4 inch #7 or 8 long handle OCCT 5/8 V short blade 3" handle OCCT (this is a "soft" V) 5/16 V short handle(this is a "soft" V) OCCT Knife Pete will have several extras of these recommended gouges with him for the students to use during the class or purchase.

    Pete is a member of the prestigious Caricature Carvers of America. He was inducted into CCA in September 1994. He now teaches seminars throughout the country and recently taught and lectured in the UK and Australia. He is the author of three books. Carving Caricature Heads & Faces, Carving Caricature Figures from Scratch and "Carving A Caricature Bust". Pete also contributed to the book Carving the Full Moon Saloon and Carving the Circus. You can see Pete's books at here on Amazon Books

  • Dennis "Butch" Clark- Butch will teach 2 seperate classes - a 3 day s Chickadee class and a 2 day Habitat class - take one or both

    "Carving and Painting A Chickadee" -3 day power carving class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2,3,4 March 2015. The instruction fee is $150 per student which includes the pattern, tupelo blank, & glass eyes. The student will have a choice of either of 2 styles of Chickadee - the "Young Whimsical Chickadee" or the "Realistic Chickadee" as pictured beblow:

    Click on images for a larger view Young Whimsical Chickadee Chickadee Realistic Chickadee

    Caring and painting Habitat - 2 day class during Thursday and Firday 5,6 March 2015. Cost is $100 which includes the Tupelo Blank and use of Butches paints. This class which will provide students with the opportunity to make Habitat for birds or other wildlife. Those students taking the Realistic Chickadee class with Butch may want to stay on and do a habitat mount in preparation for that class. Butch will have at mount kit for you which can be completed in 2 days so you have it to mount your bird when you get home.

    Also the option is here to execute habitat of your choice for a project you have done elsewhere but have never mounted. Designing your own habitat will require you to coordinate with Butch in advance so that appropriate size and type wood is available (either you or Butch can bring it) so if you want this option contact Butch at and discuss your desires with him at as soon as possible in advance of the class. Depending on the complexity of your own habitat design, you may NOT get it carved in time to paint in 2 days.

    Possible habitat projects for songbirds or design your own. click images for larger view

    For the RealisticChickadee habitat, students should have the following:
    -A rotary carver (Foredom is best for the heavy stuff, but a Dremel will work fine)
    -1/4" to 1/2" dia. Kutzall or Typhoon carbide burr bit
    -Small and medium sized sanding drums or rolls (150 and 220 grit)
    -#220 sandpaper sheet
    -Medium sized (1/4" dia.)tear drop/flame shaped ruby carver bit
    -Small sized (1/8" dia.) ball ruby carver
    -1/8" dia. White or blue texturing stone bit
    -1/16" dia.Ball burnishing stylus(Royal D-5 is a good size) or dental tool.
    -Bring a Dust collector
    -Brushes (small round #3, Small Flat #3 to #5, flat #6 or larger and a 1/2" stiff bristled brush
    -Hair dryer
    -Paper towel
    -Paint mixing tray

    Note: Butch will have a table at the Charlotte County Woodcarvers Club- Myakka River Woodcarvers Club show on 1 March and can help you pick out bits that ypu may need. If you don't have a rotary power tool contact Jim O'Dea about a loaner or to purchase one.

    Butch will supply:
    - a rock for texturing
    - a pattern
    - a tupelo blank for 7.5" weathered wood habitat which is an acceptable size for the Chickadee.
    - a 1.5" square acorn blank

    In Butch's previous classes with me, all students have been able to finish by the end of the class. Contact Jim O'Dea @ to reserve a spot in this class. if you took the Nuthatch class last year, you may want to do the habitat pictured below.

    click for larger image

    Student should have either a Dremel or RAM or similar types of rotary tool. etc. if you don't have one contact Jim O'Dea for a laoner or to purchase. A dust collector is required. If you don't have one conact Jim O'Dea for a loaner or for instructions on making one from a box fan and a furance filter costing about $25.

    Tool bits Butch recommends are: either a kutzall or burr for rough cutting, a medium sized sanding drum (150 to 220 grit), a medium sized ruby or diamond carver (tear or tree shaped) and a small conical shaped texturing stone (white or blue). A small piece of #220 sandpaper. -A wood burner is needed for detailing the feathers. A stylus for burnishing. We will paint with acrylic colors. Students will need a coarse bristle gesso brush, a number 6 or smaller round brush and a very small round detailing brush.

    Butch Clark makes his home in a wooded area of rural Darke County, Ohio. The surrounding environment is alive with inspiration for his artwork as it thrives with an abundance of songbird species. However, Butch's art interest didn't begin with woodcarving, or birds.

    Butch began drawing at an early age. He quickly realized his gift, and began taking professional art lessons at the age of eleven. After serving two years in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, Butch evolved his artistic abilities. In 1976, he completed a four year International Correspondence commercial art course. Soon, his skills were being recognized locally. He began designing logos for schools, corporations, local organizations, and sporting goods suppliers.

    It wasn't until 1992 that Butch began to apply his art skills to woodcarving. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation for nature and a keen interest in bird species, he took lessons from a local woodcarver and soon he was creating his signature songbirds. His first carving was a Northern Cardinal, the official state bird of his native Ohio.

    Butch has become well established in his field, and is highly respected by his peers because of the unique attention to detail evident in his work. Recognized nationally in the woodcarving community, he has won numerous awards including at the Ward World Wildfowl Competition in Ocean City, Maryland and at the International Woodcarvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa. His carvings have been featured in national publications such as Chip Chats, Woodcarving Illustrated and Carving Magazine. A gallery of his birds can be viewed in the spring 2009 issue of Carving Magazine.

    Butch is a member of the Brukner Nature Carvers woodcarving club in Troy, Ohio. He spends much of his time sharing his creative ideas and teaching his techniques through carving classes, carving demonstrations and by speaking at local organizations.

    If you want information on upcoming seminars, e-mail Jim O'Dea

    Seminar Deposit Guidelines:
    A minimum deposit of 50% of the cost of the seminar will be paid, in order to hold a space, at signup. You don't have a spot until I recieve the check.
    * Full payment must be made by 15 days prior to the class.
    All deposits are fully refundable prior to 15 days of the class.
    If a student cancels within 15 days of the event for any reason:
    And there are more participants than the minimum required by the instructor, a full refund will be given.
    If there are less than the minimum, and a replacement is found, a full refund will be given.
    If no replacement can be found, and I am liable for the participant’s slot, a 50% refund will be returned if the students has paid the full amount, otherwise nothing will be returned.

    a few of Jim O'Dea's wood carvings

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