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2016 Season Woodcarving Shows of interest to woodcarver's in the South Florida region click here

Woodcarving seminars held in the Englewood/Charlotte County, FL (between Venice and Port Charlotte) area in the 2016 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 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.

  • Pete LeClair - Caricature - Pete, the current President of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) will be teaching a 4 day full figure class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL 15,16,17,18 March 2016 . Cost of $135 includes the blank and a CD with step by step pictures of the project. This class is FULL

    2016 project picture not yet available but this is what he did in 2015 2015 project Pete will carve a new character for the 2016 class:

    doors of class room open at 8am, class starts at 8:30am. Chairs are steel folding chairs so if you have a cushion or a favorite chair of your own bring it. Pete divides students into 2 groups of 6 students (or less) and they sit in a circle of chairs - no tables. He sits in between the groups and moves between the 2 groups.

    If you have a 5 gallon bucket or milk crate or TV tray - bring it - you will see why it is handy for setting your tools on- if not I have a few loaners or you can do without. Pete has a very few loaner tools if you need them and there are usually a few for sale. Often he has extra blanks with a CD for sale which range from $15 to $20 depending on size.

    Pete also teaches at the Lake Placid Woodcarving 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 - Carolina Wren - Realistic Bird - Butch will be doing a 3 day power carving class in the Englewood area on 23,24,25 Feb a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The speciic project is a Carolina Wren. Cost is $150 which includes Tupelo blank, eyes, feet, a pattern,and associated paints. This is a power class so students should have a dust collector - a 20 inch box fan or smaller fan with a furance filter taped to it is fine. Bigger power tools like Foredom's are not necessay as this is a small bird - Ram like tools are best or smaller Dremel like tools. Loaner power tools may be available - ask Jim @ jeodea@aol.com Students can use hand tools if they prefer.

    Wren for this years class

    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 permant base to mount it on that is fine. keep in mind that this is a small bird, so size your habitat accordingly

    Contact Jim O'Dea @ jeodea@aol.com to reserve a spot in this class. Max of 8 students, 2 spots left as of 31 January

    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

    a few of Jim O'Dea's wood carvings

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