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Woodcarving seminars held in the Englewood/Charlotte County, FL (between Venice and Port Charlotte) area in the 2018 season:

If you are looking for a place to stay in the area of Englewood, Fl the Gem Coast Inn is the closest Hotel to the class with Lemon Bay Motel being the next closest and there are a few others in Englewood along with 2 Time Share places at the Beach- other areas to look at are Port Charlotte, Northport, and Venice which are all equal distance away.

All Classes start at 08:30am with doors open at 8:00am. They generally go to 4:30pm or whenever you and the instructor agree. Best to bring a lunch (refrigerator avaiable) but deli's and fast food are available within a few miles. Specific directions provided when you register for the class with Jim O'Dea ([email protected]). Class sizes are limited. Chairs are steel folding chairs so if you have a cushion or a favorite chair of your own bring it. Dennis "Butch" Clark Hummingbirds and Habitat - a power carving class - dates are TBD

Butch will provide Tupelo blanks, eyes, feet, a pattern,and associated paints. You will go home with a complete, painted bird and habitat.

Bigger power tools like Foredom's are not NOT necessary as this is a small bird - Ram like tools are best or smaller Dremel like tools. Loaner power tools may be available - ask Jim @ [email protected] Students can use hand tools if they prefer. This is a power class so students should have a dust collector - a 20 inch square box fan or smaller fan with a furnace filter taped to it is fine. If you are flying in or don't have a dust collector, contact Jim as loaners may be available.

Cost is $250 for the 5 days with all materials included.

If you would like to just do the habitat, the 2 days cost is $100 includes all materials.

If you want just the 3 days of bird carving, cost is $150 includes all material. For those carvers who choose to bring their own completed or temporary habitat, they should make sure that it is large enough to mount the sparrow. You need the mount so that the legs can be bent to proper shape before insertion into body and painting.

In Butch's previous classes with me, all students have been able to finish including painting and mounting on a temporary base that you bring. If you want to bring a permanent base to mount it on that is fine.

Contact Jim O'Dea @ [email protected] to reserve a spot in this class. Max of 8 students.

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.

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