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LPWE 1st Session 12 September 2017
Please check class start and end dates carefully


Dennis "Butch" Clark - White Breasted Nuthatch and habitat - 5 day class. Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Saturday 16 Sept
Pete LeClair - "Caricature Full Figure" - THIS CLASS IS FULL - Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Fridy 15 Sept
Leah Goddard - "Realistic Animals" - 5 day class- Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Saturday 16 Sept
Chris Howard "Realistic Bust -Mountainman, Women, Indian and Wood Spirits" - 3 day class Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Wednesday 14 Sept
Jim O'Dea - Fundamental of Woodcarving - for the beginner/novice carver using hand tools - 3 day class Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Thursday 14 Sept

Those starting class on Monday, plan to arrive on Monday 11 May. Others plan to arrive the evening before your class starts. Classes start at 8am and go until about 4:30pm There may be some 3 day, 4 day, or 5 day classes so check class descriptions closely to determine the # of days and start stop days.

You pay the Instructor personally the morning you start the class, cash preferred or a check, I don't know of any instructors that can accept credit cards - bring your PIN # so you can go to an ATM if necessary.

For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected] your desires and provide snail mail address and phone #, no deposit required for class reservation. Contact Jim O'Dea or the instructor with questions on the class content, the hotel staff will NOT have any info about any class.

Dennis "Butch" Clark carving a White Breasted Nuthatch and habitat - this is a 5 day power class, carving a White Breasted Nuthatch and habitat as pictured. Max of 10 students. The instruction fee is $250 per student which includes the pattern, tupelo blank and glass eyes. Questions? contact Butch at [email protected] For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

2017 project in progress Click image for larger view
Other habitat stumps and poses can be done

Student should have either a Dremel, Foredom or RAM or similar type of rotary tool. etc. and a dust collector. If you don't have them contact Jim O'Dea [email protected] for loaners or just to check if what you have is suitable. Students will need a coarse bristle gesso brush, a medium sized flat brush, a number 6 or smaller round brush and a very small round detailing brush. We will paint with acrylic colors. Bring a hairdryer for drying the paint.

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 and a sanding stick.. A wood burner is used for detailing the feathers. A ball stylus for burnishing.

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.

For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected] your desires and provide snail mail address and phone #, no deposit required for class reservation.

Pete LeClair - Full Figure Caricature -THIS CLASS IS FULL . Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Fridy 15 Sept.Project is the full figure caricature pictured below. You will have options to personalize the charater with hat, facial hair, cigar, what he is holding or not, etc. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

Pete supplies all paints and materials needed to go home with a finished carving. You will be working from a basswood blank. Hand tools are utilized and Pete has loaners if you don't have a full range of tools already. He will have "go by's" of this character available for you to study as you carve. Total cost of Instructional fee, blank & CD with step by step carving pictures of the project is $160 which you pay directly to the instructor when you start the class.

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Pete recommends (but not required) tools such as Ozark Country Craft Tools (OCCT- Mike Shippley) or Ramelson: #7 sweep 3/8" and 1/2" #9 sweep 3/8" and 1/2"; #11-4mm and 6mm by OCCT; , 5/8 soft V by OCCT, 5/16 and Mini V by OCCT, the 2 1/4 OCCT Knife and a modified Murphy knife. Also #9 sweep -5mm (Swiss gouge); #11-3mm (Swiss gouge); Pete will have several extras of these recommended gouges with him for the students to use during the class or purchase

Students should bring there own paint brushes, paper towels and some news paper for the table and if they are messy painters, some paper for the floor.

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.

Click to see more of Pete LeClair's carvings 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 is a member and current President of the Caricature Carvers of America. He was inducted into CCA in September 1994. The Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) has a maximum limit of 25 members in the CCA, it is by invite only, a very prestigious organization in the carving world - see more about the CCA here. and more about Pete here

He now teaches seminars throughout the country and has 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".You can see Pete's books here on Amazon Books

Pete also contributed to the book "Carving the Full Moon Saloon", "Carving the Circus", "The Caricature Carvers Showcase: 50 of the Best Designs and Patterns", and "Carving an 1880s Western Train: Its Passengers & Crew" seen here .

Leah Goddard - Realistic Animals - your choice of several animals Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Saturday 16 Sept Students can choose from a variety of animals including new this year a Fawn as well as a Wolf, Raccoon, Rabbit, Squirrel, Bear, Mouse, a Gorilla, a Buffalo and new this year is a Big Horn Sheep bust, a Bear in Tree(wall hanging), Baby Panda Bear, and a Lab Puppy. 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 are supplied by instructor. Class cost: $195.00 plus rough cost $12- $60. Interested students may contact Leah at [email protected] with questions about the class and let her know what animal you would like to do. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected] Click images for a larger view
click on any image for a larger view actual carving still in progress Click for larger images

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 - Realistic Bust -Mountain man, Women, Indian and Wood Spirits -Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Wednesday 14 Sept

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] For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

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Chris for the last 16 years has been a professional realistic sculptor, from Gatlinburg, TN. He has worked in Europe and currently teaches seminars in the US and Canada. He has filmed for the DIY Network series "Wood sculptors".

Chris has taken many ribbons in competition including: 2005 International Carving Congress -Best of Class in Realistic Bust, Best Of Group 2nd Place in Realistic Bust (Combining 2 or more subjects) 2006 International Carving Congress -Best of Class Combining 2 or more subjects, Best of Group in Realistic Bust (Combining 2 or more subjects) 2006 Artistry in Wood Dayton,Ohio - 1st Realistic Bust Painted Class, 2nd Realistic Bust Painted Class, 1st Combining 2 or more subjects 2007 International Carving Congress-2nd Realistic Painted Bust 2007 Artistry in Wood Dayton,Ohio -Special Award, 1st and 2nd, Deacon Don and Shirley Deitz Religious Award, 1st Realistic Bust 2008 International Carving Congress - 3rd Realistic Painted Bust, 1st in Class and 2nd best of Group in 2 or more subjects, 1st in Class and Best of Group in found wood Artistry in Wood Dayton,Ohio 1st in Class 2nd Best of Group in 2 or more subjects. 2009 2nd best in show Florida International Wood Carving Exposition. 2010 creative carving award from the International Carving Congress. Chris won the Judges Choice Award at the the International Carvers Congress in 2013 and 2014 and the Best of show at the Florida Winter National wood Art Expo and competition in 2011,2012,2013.

Jim O'Dea - Fundamentals of Woodcarving with Hand Tools - Class starts on Tuesday 12 Sept ends on Thursday 14 Sept Max of 5 students. Cost $145 includes all materials. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected] This class will be geared to the experience of the student-for the very beginner I can cover the basics of safety, tools and how to use and sharpen them, woods, finishes etc. in conjunction with carving a project. Those students with some carving experience can move right on to a project of their choice from the many blanks Jim has - such as Human faces (silhouettes), eagles(Bust, wall plaque or cane handle), Christmas ornaments, etc. Working one on one with coaching just a few students, will allow each student to progress at their own speed in their own direction. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

One new project Jim has this year is the snowman scene

Let Jim know what type of project you would like to do and we can tailor a class/project and curriculum to meet your desires.

Jim has 40 years experience carving human caricatures, carousel horses, realistic freshwater fish, and whales. He has taught Woodcarving for 20 years, including the Lake Placid NY Woodcarving Experience, evening courses at Ledyard High School, Ledyard CT, weekend classes at the New England Carousel Museum in Mystic, CT; the New England Woodcarvers Retreat held in Rhode Island; the NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup in Honesdale,PA, The Michigan Woodcarvers Roundup at Evart, MI, the Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp, The Buckeye Woodcarvers Roundup in Ohio, and numerous classes for the Mystic Carvers Club in Mystic, CT, Rainbow Woodcarvers Club in Niagara Falls,NY; the Southtowns Woodcarvers Club in Hamburg, NY; the Peace River Carvers Club in Arcadia, FL; the Myakka River Carvers Club in El Jobean, Fl, and the North Port Woodcarvers in Northport, FL.

Questions about the Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience? students should contact Jim at [email protected] or call 941-697-2002 for further general info on the classes or the instructors directly for specific info, the hotel staff will NOT have any info about the classes. Don't forget you pay instructor directly for the class at class start - cash or check.

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