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LPWE 2nd Session September 2017
Please check class start and end dates carefully


Ken Stuparyk - "Goldeneye Drake Gunner...Improving Control & Increasing Confidence to Make Better Birds" - -5 day class - starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Friday 22 Sept
Carl Borst "Deep Floral Relief - Acanthus" - 3 day class starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept
Jim O'Dea - Fundamental of Power Songbird Carving - for the beginner/novice carver - 3 day class - starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept
Glenn Durlacher - Stump Sculpture - choice of Bear or Dog - all skill levels welcome - 3 day class - starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept

All classes in this 2nd session start on Monday 18 September, plan to arrive on Sunday 17 September for the free sharpening session in the late afternoon and the Welcome Reception at 7pm. There may be some 3 day, 4 day and 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.

Ken Stuparyk - "Goldeneye Drake Gunner...Improving Control & Increasing Confidence to Make Better Birds" - - 5 day class - starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Friday 22 Sept

All levels of carvers are welcome - Novice (carvers familiar with the use of their tools) and Intermediate carvers who want to improve their ability to carve better decoys in less time and who want to acquire a set of painting skills that can be applied to a broad range of species. Any questions regarding the specifics of the class contact Ken ([email protected]) or phone number ( 513 680 4660). General program questions or to reserve a spot in the class contact Jim O'Dea at [email protected] or 941-697-2002 cell

Goldeneye Drake Gunner-click for larger view

Other Decoys Ken has done include:

This class is for carvers who want to improve their ability to carve better decoys in less time and with more enjoyment.

The carving portion will focus on achieving anatomically correct and pleasing looking decoys by using an easy to follow and repeatable systematic approach using power carving tools. First, attention will be given to the proper selection and the use of the tools. Second, we will focus on a sequential process that is easy to follow and that naturally guide carvers through each the next steps in the carving of their decoy. Combined, these two steps will help carvers to improve their control over their carving so that they will achieve the outcome that they desire with confidence. The sequential process addresses critical duck anatomy issues that many carvers struggle with, including; carving to the round, tail shape, head front and side profile, bill shape and detail, eye set and shape, flow and shape, side pocket shape and accuracy.

Because this is a Gunner Style class and because the priority will be on carving, the painting portion will focus on providing carvers with skill and experience of fundamental brush painting techniques that can be applied to most species including; fan blending, wet blending, drybrushing, texturing (stipple, brush, iridescence). Painting will be done on a blank (provided) to enable carvers to practice the techniques before applying the final paint to their carving after the class. There will very limited airbrushing and the instructor will provide the airbrushes for this purpose.

Class Information:
In this 5 day class, students will carve Goldeneye Drake and paint a Goldeneye Drake study cast. The Goldeneye Drake was chosen because it requires and enables the full range of carving and painting skills listed above. The instruction fee is $300 and carvers will be provided with cutout body and head blocks, eyes, paint blank and paint at a material cost of an additional $45. Class size will be limited to 7.

Instructor:
Ken has been carving decoys for 25 years, competing in the Decorative, IWCA / Super Slick Style and Gunner Divisions. In 2015, he progressed to the Masters’ Division at the Ward World’s Carving Competition, and in 2016 his Decorative Goldeneye Drake won the Best Diver in the Masters Class and his Ringneck Drake won the 2nd Best Decorative Smoothie award. Previously he won 2 Best of Shows at the Advanced Decorative level following previous Best of Show at the Intermediate and Novice Award.

In addition, he has won multiple Best of Show ribbons from numerous IWCA affiliated shows and in 2015 won the Wildfowler’s Pool Contest at the ODCCA. In 2016 he won the Ladies Day in the Pool Award with a Canvasback Hen and his Ringneck Drake placed 3rd Best of Show in the IWCA Style competition.

Over several years of judging competitions, Ken has observed that many novice and intermediate carvers could make significant improvements to their carvings by learning and applying key anatomical, carving and painting fundamentals. He brings his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to this class to make for a fun and fact filled experience.

For Information about this class contact Ken at [email protected] or 513 680 4660. To Reserve a spot in the class contact Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

Carl Borst "Deep Floral Relief - Acanthus" - - 3 day class starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept The project will be a bass wood rough out floral design mounted on a flat Basswood base about 8" x 11". This layout will eliminate a lot of boring, time consuming- cutting in the back round. Bring an assortment of mid size and palm gouges ( assorted sweeps ) the cost of the class and rough out will be $ 175. The class is suitable for carvers of all levels. Beginners welcome. Contact Carl at [email protected] with questions about this class. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

Carl Borst lives in Schenectady, N.Y. and began carving in 1991 at the age of 58. His only regret is that he didn't start sooner. He is basically self taught although he did attend three seminars, one with Peter Ortel, one with Dave Sabol and one with Jeff Phares. He has never been one to copy others work or to use patterns from "how to carve books". He encourages his students to be creative and try to get movement in their work and to use photos for their patterns.

In 1993 the editor at "Chip Chats" asked him if he would like to contribute his original patterns to the magazine. Since then he has been featured in numerous articles in "Chip Chats", his patterns have been on the back cover three times and most recently, his "Carousel Raccoon" was on the front cover in the 2007 May - June issue. Carl has taught at the "Woodcarvers Retreat" at R.I. and at the NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup(PA) every year since it started. Carl gets great satisfaction from helping carvers at all levels. He has been doing seminars and judging various wood carving events around the Northeast, plus he also gives "one on one classes" in his studio and group classes at various clubs. Carl has also carved 4 of the animals for the up coming "Adirondack Carousel" at Saranac Lake N.Y. and has assisted on three other animals.

Although he accepts most any kind of commission, he has specialized in the human form both in caricature and realistic focusing on the human head. His caricatures usually tell a story and always lean toward the humorous side. The humor spills over into his classes so be prepared to laugh if you sign up for one of his classes.

Jim O'Dea - Fundamentals of Songbird Power Carving - this is a 3 day class Max of 3 students. Starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept. Cost is $155 which includes all materials and supplies needed - just show up.

I have altered my usual Fundamentals class to spend all 3 days on power carving fundamentals. I will cover the basics of songbird carving but students should not expect to go home with a finished bird - the class will focus on how to use the tools and we will cover all the basic techniques of songbird carving, no painting. Max of 3 students. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

All tools needed will be loaned to students but if you have any rotary power tools bring them so you can compare. I will have both the flexshaft type rotary tool for roughing out and the motor in handpiece type for detail work. I will also have some larger 2 inch and 4.5 inch grinder type of power tools to demonstrate for roughing out larger projects. I will have dust boxes for each student and masks. I will provide both Tupelo and Basswood blanks so students can get an appreciation for each type of wood. I will have an assortment of bits from roughout to detail for students to use. Some rotary tool units and bits will be available for sale after the class.

I will have a Colwood brand woodburner with appropriate pens for each student. They will also be for sale after the class.

Keep in kind, the focus of the class is an introduction to the tools and a process for carving songbirds. The actual project you go home with will reflect your learning curve required to gain experience using rotary tools If you would rather do an animal than a Songbird let me know and I can have a Bear blank for you.

Recent songbird I power carved
click for a larger view

Jim O'Dea spends summers on Grand Island, NY and lives in Rotonda West, FL. Jim has 40+ years experience carving human caricatures, carousel horses, realistic freshwater fish, whales, songbirds and animals. 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 Woodcvarvers 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.

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.

Glenn Durlacher - "Log Carving - choice of Bear or Dog project This is a 3 day starting on Monday 18 Sept and ending on Wednesday 20 Sept Gain the confidence to carve a log or stump in your back yard. Carvers with any level of experience are welcome in this class. For class reservations - email Jim O'Dea at [email protected]

You will have a choice of carving a standing Black Bear from a Pine log approximately 3 ft high or a smaller 13" / 13" Gloden Retreiever Bust using a combination of large hand gouges (loaners available) and your own power tools such as 4.5 inch grinder (this is best) with Kutzal type disks or an ABORTECH blade, Foredom tools with 1/4 inch shanks, Proxon long neck grinder, etc - whatever you have to speed the work along - and larger mallet and chisel tools.

Doing the Black Bear will give you the confidence to tackle a big carving project such as carving a tree stump in your backyard. Your carving will be much more detailed than the typical chain saw carving. The class emphasis will be on creating a "realistic Bear or Dog" with hand done detail.

Class instructional fee is $125 and 3ft tall Black Bear Roughout" cost is $100 and 13" / 13" Golden Retriever Bust blank is $50.

The Pine log Black Bear you will work from will come as a "roughout" that has already been roughed out with a chainsaw. Glenn will give a demonstration of the roughing out process and tools he uses but students will NOT be using chainsaws.

Most of the class will be conducted out doors under a canopy at the Hotel. We will start in the back parking lot area with a chain saw roughout demo by Glenn and the students will continue the roughing out of thier project with the 4.5 inch grinders. When the majority of the grinding is done and students are ready to start with hand tools we will move to the "sidewalk cafe" area in front of the hotel to complete the project.

What to bring - your own power tools such as 4.5 inch grinders with Kutzal type disks, Foredom tools, etc - whatever you have to speed the work along. Alsoi mallet and chisel sized tools (loaners or sale items available). If you need to purchase the 4.5 grinder and disks contact Jim O'Dea [email protected] as they can be had for under $50. Bring a pair of work gloves, a nose filter mask, safety glasses and an apron will help keep the majority of saw dust off you.

This is a much larger version of the Bear than the project you will be carving.

The Dog Bust

Contact Glenn at [email protected] or 518-522-6025 if you have questions about the class. See more of Glenn's carvings at Glenn's web site

A Long Island native, Glenn Durlacher has been sculpting professionally for more than 30 years. Glenn specializes in custom stump carving, wildlife and pet sculptures and beam carving.

His sculpting career began with creating ice sculptures while working as a banquet chef for Marriott hotels. Over the years, he has sculpted centerpieces for many prestigious events, including Hilary Clinton's senatorial campaign and the First Night New Year celebrations in Albany and Saratoga Springs.

In 1985, he was featured on national television with PM Magazine and with Christine Jansing of CNBC.

In 2009, he moved to Glens Falls, New York, and opened Glenn Tree Art, a studio and outdoor sculpture garden, now located at 1048 State Route 9, in Queensbury, New York.

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 - c ash or check.

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