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2014 Season Woodcarving Shows of interest to woodcarver's in the south Florida region click here
Woodcarving seminars scheduled in the Englewood/Charlotte County, FL area in the 2014 season:
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 participantís slot, a 50% refund will be returned if the students has paid the full amount, otherwise nothing will be returned.
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Student should have either a dremel or optima or foredom or RAM or similar types of rotary tool. etc. A dust collector is recommended. If the student has a specific mount or habitat ready to mount the bird on, they should bring it along. Otherwise, bring some scrap wood or found wood for a temporary base.
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; gesso, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, cerulean blue, burnt sienna, payne's grey, cad yellow-light and white. 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.
This years project is the Hobo
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, #9 sweep Ramelson or OCCT, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 #7 sweep Ramelson or OCCT 3/4 inch #7 long handle OCCT 5/8 V short 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
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
Woodcarving seminars projected for the Englewood/Charlotte County, FL area in the 2015 season:
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. Instructional cost is TBD- ornament rough-out costs is TBD, Chipmunk roughout is TBD. Contact Jim O'Dea @ firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot in this class.
"Stocking Mouse" -click for larger view Chipmunk - click for larger view
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@example.com
For a list of clubs in all Florida
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Classes currently offered to your local club by Jim O'Dea.
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Woodcarving Roundups ( once a year events, multi day, multi classes at once)
Florida Woodcarvers Roundup
at The long Center in Clearwater in March - 20 woodcarving classes going at once. Non carving companions and visitors are welcome at anytime during the Roundup. Art and craft classes for non-carving companions may be available. Discounted motel accomodations available.
Click here 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 May and September - multiple classes scheduled - see info here.
CCA Care-a-long East at the Northwoods Inn Lake palcid, NY memorial Day weekend - 3 days with 3 different CCA member instructors , spend one day with each one- 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 "preveiws" 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 Reisistant Gloves
WoodShoppers - a free website to post and sell, trade or create want ads for those interested in the art of Wood Carving here
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.
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
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