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Woodcarving seminars held in the Charlotte County, FL 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 (jeodea@aol.com). Class sizes are limited. Chairs are steel folding chairs so if you have a cushion or a favorite chair of your own bring it.

Kevin Applegate Caricature - choice of several characters - Held in The Englewood area - 3 day class: Tuesday 9 January 2018, Wednesday 10 January , and Thursday 11 January. 08:30am to about 4:30pm. Bring a lunch- refrigerator available. Coffee and water provided. Total cost $85.00 includes one (1) rough out. Directions to specific class location will be given when you reserve a spot in class - email Jim O'Dea at jeodea@aol.com - If you know what prpject you want, email Kevin at kapplegate12@gmail.com, to ensure he saves one for you.

Class features a choice of several caricature bottle stoppers, small bust or small full body rough outs. Kevin's goal is to have participants complete their carving during the 3 days. Hand tools only will be used. Kevin has some loaner tools available. Painting and finishing will be discussed/demonstrated. Carvings completed by lunch on the third day may be painted if you wish. Kevin will provide the acrylic paints, participants should bring paint brushes and paper towels.

Dennis "Butch" Clark Golden-Crowned Kinglet and Habitat but could be painted as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet if desired- a power carving class - we are breaking up the carving session by doing 2 days of Habitat at the end of the week Thursday and Friday March 1 & 2, break for weekend and then 3 days on the bird Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday March 5, 6 & 7. Class starts at 8:30am and ends about 4:30pm. Bring a lunch, refrigerator available. Coffe and water provided. Directions to specific class location will be given when you reserve a spot in class - email Jim O'Dea at jeodea@aol.com

Butch will provide Tupelo blanks, eyes, feet, a pattern,and associated paints. Bring your own base. 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. Larger tools like the Foredom may be appropriate for the Habitat. 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. Students can use hand tools if they prefer. Loaner power tools may be available - ask Jim @ jeodea@aol.com

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 appropriate size for the bird. 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 @ jeodea@aol.com 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.

  • Leah Goddard - Realistic Animals - 2 different sets of class dates with different projects at each:
    February 12th-15th: where: Punta Gorda (Dave W's place) ask about hours when you register
    Project: Ram Bust, Lion bust, cat or mouse. Cost: $160 Contact: Char Lowe 920-960-9284 or charlene.lowe18@yahoo.com for a reservation in this class.


    February 25th-28th: where: El JoBean area (Valerie's place) ask about hours when you register
    Project: open choice. Cost: $40 per day Contact: Curt Hutchins at onthelake2@msn.com or the CCW Club

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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 leah3113@att.net with questions about the class and let her know what animal you would like to do. Click images for a larger view

    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 Mou se 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 - 2 different sets of class dates - similar projects at each:
    February 12th-15th: where: Punta Gorda (Dave W's place) ask about hours when you register
    Project: - Realistic Bust -Mountain man, Women, Indian and Wood Spirits - Cost: $40 a day Contact: Charlotte L at the CCW Club for a reservation in this class.
    February 25th-28th: where: El JoBean area (Valerie A's place) ask about hours when you register
    Project: - Realistic Bust -Mountain man, Women, Indian and Wood Spirits - Cost: $40 per day Contact: Curt Hutchins at the CCW Club

    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. 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 Chrishoward406@att.net

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