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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.

  • Dennis "Butch" Clark- "Carving and Painting A White-Breasted Nuthatch" - 3 day power carving class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL during 26,27,28 Feb 2014. The instruction fee is $150 per student which includes the pattern, tupelo blank, glass eyes and the cast feet. In Butch's previous classes, all students have been able to finish by the end of the third day with a mounted bird. Contact Jim O'Dea @ to reserve a spot in this class.

    click for larger image

    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.

  • Pete LeClair -CCA member will be doing a 4 day full figure class in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL during 3-6 March 2014 . Contact Jim O'Dea @ to reserve a spot in this class.

    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:

  • Leah Goodard - 3 day class involving realistic animal Christmas Ornaments - Leah will have several new Christmas ornament projects for the 2015 season such as the "Stocking Mouse" or students can chose to do a Chipmunk instead. Class will be held in the Englewood area of Charlotte County, FL during the January 2015 time frame - specific dates still to be determined.

    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 @ 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

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