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2017 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 2017 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 (refigerator 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.
Class starts Monday 16 January through Wednesday 18 January 2017 featuring a Caricature Bust or Bottle stopper head of a Fireman which you may personalize, such as with facial hair or not and other adjustments to the roughout, includes painting. Kevin will supply all acyclic paints, bring your own brushes & paper towels. Hand tools will be used - loaners available. Kevin's instructional methodology is "step by step", everyone will complete with a carving they can be proud of. Cost is $75 instructional fee which includes the roughout and paints needed. Class is held in the Englewood, Fl area.
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Kevin is a retired Palm Beach County Fire fighter with intimate knowledge of the fire fighter dress and insignias.
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Using simple (hand tools knives, palm gouges, v-tools) and a wood burner, students begin from a basswood rough-out and learn the techniques of carving texturing and painting used to create all realistic mammals or caricature. Close attention will be paid to detail, texturing and anatomy. All painting materials for the Fawn and Panda Bear are supplied by instructor - no other animals can be painted in this class. Class cost: $160.00 plus rough cost- Panda is $20 and fawn is undetermined at this time. Interested students may contact Leah at [email protected] with questions about the class and let her know what animal you would like to do. Click images for a larger view
Leah will be doing a seperate class n ElJobean area on February 27th-March 2nd. Catching people for painting unfinished projects or anything else is exactly the class theme. The cost is $40 a day and she is going to keep it to a strict 8 limit as it it harder to teach. Contact Leah direct;y at [email protected] if you are interested in any of this catchup days.
Leah Goddard lives in Tennessee and is a professional artist, author and teacher. She has competed nationally and has won numerous awards as well as best of show at the "Artistry in Wood" show. She is a contributor to Chip Chats magazine and filmed for the DIY Network series "Wood sculptors" .
Leah has had articles published in Wood Carving Illustrated-Issue 38 Spring 2007 (Realistic Rabbit), a Beaver in summer 2013 issue and the Stocking Mouse in the Holiday issue of 2013, as well as written her own book Carving Natures Rascals: Carving an Armadillo,Skunk,Mouse and Raccoon under the pen name Leah Wachter. Leah's strength is in her close attention paid to detail, texturing and anatomy of animals.
Chris Howard will teach students the fundamentals of how to carve Realistic Faces in Basswood or Butternut busts and Wood Spirit Faces in Cottonwood Bark. Each student will choose the Bust of their choice or piece of bark and learn a step by step process of carving a human face. 3 day instructional fee is $125 plus cost of the Bust - roughoute are $35 -$40 AND bark $15 -$25. Let Chris know in advance what project you want to do so he saves roughout or piece of bark for you. Contact Chris at [email protected]
Dennis "Butch" Clark Songbird - White Throated Sparrow and Habitat - a power carving class 27 Feb to 3 March, ( 2 spots left in this class)
Butch will provide a Tupelo blank, eyes, feet, a pattern,and associated paints. First 2 days will be the habitat and last 3 days will be the bird. Bring a base (about 6-8 inch oval is good) and you will go home with a complete, painted bird and habitat.
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 @ [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 furance filter taped to it is fine. If you are flying in or don't have a dust collecter, contact Jim as loaners may be available.
Cost is $250 for the 5 days with all materials included. If you are doing the habitat shown, It is a 7" long branch.
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 permant 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.
Pete LeClair Caricature Bust 3 day class - ( 3 spots left in this class)14 through 17 March 2017 (NOTE THIS IS A DATE CHANGE from origunal schedule)
Pete, the current President of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) will be teaching a 3 day Indian bust class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL . Cost of $115 includes the blank and a CD with step by step pictures of the project. Contact Jim O'Dea at [email protected] to reserve a spot in this class.
Indian Bust picture not yet available
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 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
If you want information on upcoming seminars, e-mail Jim O'Dea
a few of Jim O'Dea's wood carvings
Clubs in Southwest Florida
North Port Woodcarvers Club This club meets on Monday afternoons from 12:00 - 3pm at the VFW post in North Port on Pan American Blvd and corner with Trott Circle. map to the VFW address for GPS users - 4860 Trott Circle, North Port, FL. There is usually a class going during the season and beginners are always welcome. Contact: Ron Gauthier 941-2578480 [email protected]
For a list of clubs in all Florida
If you want your club displayed here or on the all Florida list, contact Jim O'Dea [email protected]
Classes currently offered to your local club by Jim O'Dea.
Email me at [email protected] to discuss details and schedule a class.
Woodcarving Roundups ( once a year events, multi day, multi classes at once)
Florida Woodcarvers Roundup - Clearwater
at The long Center in Clearwater in Feb - 16 woodcarving classes going at once. Non carving companions and visitors are welcome at anytime during the Roundup.
Click for details here
Central Florida Woodcarvers Roundup - Arcadia
at The Turner Agri- Center in Feb - 14 woodcarving classes going at once. Non carving companions and visitors are welcome at anytime during the Roundup.
Click for details here
Woodcarvers Retreat in New Englandat the University of Rhode Island in Oct - 8 classes going at onceclick here held at University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center over Columbus Day weekend
Lake Placid (NY) Woodcarving Experience at the Northwoods Inn in June and September - multiple classes scheduled - see info here.
NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup
at Honesdale, PA in June click here held near Scranton,PA last week of July. Also a "Fall Carve-in" is held about 1 Oct which has a "Quilters Retreat" going on at same time - See Fall Carve-in info here and Quilter retreat web site here.
Michigan Woodcarvers Roundup
at Evart Michigan in June click here held in Evart, MI 2nd week of June
Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp
at Bremen,IN in August Click here
Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup
20+ miles north of Dayton, Ohio in July. For info click here.
Information of interest to Woodcarvers
Riving demonstration on splitting fibers for Fan-Carving by Sally & David Nye - video on YOUTUBE Fan-carving is the art of riving long-fibered wet wood and then turning and interlocking the blades to create a 3-dimensional design. Fan-Carving is an Old World folk art that needs to be preserved - See more of their work here.
A free E-Book from Google on Woodcarving - one of the oldest I have seen but still has useful info - all pages are here- 1905 by Fred T. Hodgson, Collingwood, Ontario. Follow the links on this page to "previews" of more recent woodcarving books. click here.
Butternut Trees- what is killing them, why it is getting hard to find it click here
Pictures and descriptions of various woods here
Wood Toxicity List at the Shopsimth web site click here
Sharpening Machines - Jim's homemade and others described here
. Joe Dillot's sharpening video is an instruction in building and using a drill to power the sharpening system here
Cut Resistant Gloves
Woodcarvers Illustrated Magazine Project Index by Dave Andreychek, York Carvers,PA click here
Index of Patterns in Chip/Chats 1977-1997here.
Comparison of Sanding Grit sizeshere.
Anatomy for Scultorshere.
Other Related Sites
The Carvers' Companion, home of the Woodcarver Online Magazine, WoodCarver List, World Wide Woodcarver Exchange, and Woodcarver Resource Files here.
Carving Magazine Online - here
Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine - here
National Wood Carvers Association (NWCA) magazine Chip/Chats here.
Southtowns Woodcarvers Club - Western NY State here
A Wood Carver in Ireland here
An event with woodcarving class in Ireland here
If your woodcarving website would be of interest to viewers of this site and you are interested in exchanging links, please Jim O'Dea e-mail