The Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience

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The Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience


2018 Fall LPWE class event -2 sessions
10 September to 14 September
17 September to 22 September

Will be held at the historic Hotel North Woods, 2520 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946 Toll Free: (866) 294-7171. The Hotel North Woods is located in the heart of this Village which has been home to both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Take a look at this wonderful facility here.

The hotel is the tallest building in this picture

What is this all about?

Welcome to woodcarving in Lake Placid - this will be the 9th year of the program at Hotel North Woods. If you have not been to Hotel North Woods in a few years you will be amazed at the results of the completed renovation of the hotel.

During the 2018 Fall LPWE events there will be a mix of 3, 4, 5 and 6 day classes among the sessions so look closely at each class length. There should be time enough in all classes for most carvers to complete and paint or put a finish coat on the projects without feeling "rushed". Many classes are expected to have a low student to instructor ratio for maximum individual attention. Each class is priced differently and you pay the instructor directly for both instructional fees and blank fees. Some class may be appropriate for novice students where they can get very individualized attention, most such classes will say that. If you are unsure or would like to join a class anyway- feel free to contact Jim O'Dea or the instructor to discuss the class.

The 2018 Fall LPWE classes include:
2 sessions

1st session - 10 Sept to 14 September
All class in this session start on Monday 10 Sept 2018 and end on different days
Carl Borst - " Celtic Cross"- 3 day class starting on Monday 10 Sept and ending on Wednesday 12 Sept
Jim O'Dea - " Fundamentals of Woodcarving (Hand Tools)"- 3 day class starting on Monday 10 Sept and ending on Wednesday 12 Sept
Leah Goddard - " Realistic Animals"- 5 day class Class is FULL
Chris Howard - " Realistic Human Faces"- 5 day class Class canceled
Dennis "Butch" Clark - Northern Cardinal - 5 day class. This class is FULL Class starts on Monday 10 Sept ends on Friday 14 Sept
The Fall 1st session LPWE class description here.

2nd session - 17 Sept to 22 September
All class in this session start on Monday 17 Sept 2018 and end on different days
Ken Stuparyk - "Green Wing Teal Hen " - -5 day class - - starting on Monday 17 Sept and ending on Friday 21 Sept
Kevin Applegate - "Caricature " - 4 day class - - starting on Monday 17 Sept and ending on Thursday 20 Sept
Al Jordan - " Female Sharp Shinned Hawk lying down with a fuzzy Chick"- 6 day class starting on Monday 17 Sept and ending on Saturday 22 Sept - Note that this class was recently changed from 1st session to 2nd session
Jim O'Dea - " Fundamental of Power Songbird Carving - for the beginner/novice carver"- 3 day class starting on Monday 17 Sept and ending on Wednesday 19 Sept
The Fall 2nd session LPWE class description here.

Pictures from the 2017 Fall LPWE can be seen here.

During the LPWE events Hotel Northwoods offer several "Hotel Package" deals for accommodations and meals as well as the option to be a commuter (RV or from home) and have Lunch. These "Packages" include the cost of the facility usage for classes but not the class instructional fee and materials (which are paid directly to the instructors).

We will start the LPWE event sessions the evening before with a reception at 7pm in the Hotel's lounge area. Meet and greet your instructors and fellow carvers, with very light snacks and beverages. Gary Smith, the hotel owner, will be on hand to welcome you and provide an overview of the Hotel's history and orient you to the Lake Placid area. There are many sights to be seen and your non-carving companion will have plenty to do and enjoy. See the many exciting things to do in Lake Placid here.

Classes start each morning at 8am to 4:30pm and winding down about 3pm on your last day for those heading home. A breakfast (7:30 to 8am) and Lunch (12:00 to 1pm) are provided on site for your convenience as part of a package plan for the classes. For dinner, you are free to explore the city with it's many fine restaurants within a few blocks walk or eat at the Hotel North Woods dining room.

Non-Carving Companion Activities: We will coordinate tours and site seeing for the non-carving companions whom wish to go as a group. Let us know when you register for the class with Jim O'Dea if you have someone coming that would be interested.

Services and Supplies available

  • During the Fall LPWE, a free sharpening clinic will be held the evening in the day before start of class from 5pm to 6pm. Jim O'Dea will show you how to use power sharpening equipment and help you with your sharpening. Bring your tools and get them sharpened up before class start.
  • There will be some carving tools, gouges, knives, ABRANET, gloves, books, Ram rotary tools, and Colewood burners available for purchase during the workshops. Some instructors may have their books, blanks, carvings and tools for sale as well.

    Fall LPWE Hotel Accommodations Package Plan one price which includes your room, reception, cookout dinner, plus breakfast and lunch each day is available. There is also an optional spouse/companion reception, cookout, and meal plan. Check the Hotel North Woods web site for - Fall package plans click here. Contact the Hotel directly to make your package plan reservation.

    Fall Commuter Plans for those not staying at the hotel (ie. RV's or from home, etc.) If you are not staying in a room at the hotel, you must have a "Commuter" Plan. The package includes the hotel's class space usage fee plus the Reception, Cookout, and Lunches only for 2, 3,4, 5 and 6 day classes. Fall RV and Commuter Plans click here. Contact the Hotel directly to make your Commuter plan reservation. Local RV parks include the KOA seen here and State Parks listed here Saranac Lake Islands here and Wilington Notch here. There may be more in the immediate area that I am not aware of, if so please bring them to my attention.

    How to make Fall LPWE Woodcarving Class reservations: email Jim O'Dea at and let Jim know what class you want. We don't expect large classes, but if there is a problem with max class size, Jim will contact you and work out an alternative or ensure you get a full Hotel Package refund. No deposit is required for class reservations. Class costs vary with specific classes so be sure to read the descriptions carefully noting any additional blank or roughout costs. Contact Jim O'Dea or the instructor with questions on the class content, the hotel staff will NOT have any info about any class. Age Requirement: Students should be at least 18 years of age. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to participate in a class unless their parent is also enrolled in the same class and under their supervision. Please note that Jim is often traveling and will have intermittent internet access with periods of up to a week without such access so please be patient in expecting a response. When time is of the essence, call him at 941-697-2002 cell. There is usually plenty of spaces available in all classes and in the unlikely event a class fills up it will be indicated so on the class description. You will be assigned a spot based upon the date/time stamp of your email to Jim so go ahead and send in your request and he will respond as soon as possible

    The Weather at Lake Placid - while always great, details and a 10 day forecast are available by clicking here.

    Pictures of the 2011 LPWE click here

    News articles about the 2011 event: for 2011 event click here.

    Lake Placid is an upscale sight seeing destination for your non-carving companions as well as providing a great carving experience for you. Most Carving events are held in locations where there is not much to do for non-carving companions - this will be the exception!! Most carving events are in facilities with minimal room sizes and minimal dinning experiences - this will be the exception! The rooms at the Hotel North Woods are large, suite size rooms,VERY comfortable mattresses and the meals are fine dinning quality.

    Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Region of Northern New York State. This region is unlike any other area of the Northeastern United States, larger than many neighboring states, the Adirondack Region is a blend of quaint, friendly villages that are surrounded by millions of acres of forests. The forests are filled with hundreds of pristine lakes and ponds, endless miles of rivers and streams, and the famous Adirondack Mountains. We are known for our picturesque hiking and walking trails, wilderness paddling opportunities, unparalleled winter recreation where the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics were held, and year-round Adirondack hospitality. Just a short, easy drive from any east coast metropolitan center, we are closer than you think, and further from anything you can imagine! We encourage you to explore The Adirondack Region web site and our region, and plan your trip.

    There is so much to see and do in Lake Placid and throughout Adirondacks Region, with so many different areas to visit, plan to come a few days early or stay a few days after, The Hotel will be glad to extend your stay at the same low room rate, just ask for the "extended woodcarver" rate.

    For a "virtual tour" by boat of Lake Placid click here.

    For a real boat tour try the Lake Placid Marina 518-523-9704 - Cruise pristine waters on a pontoon boat. Highlights of the $15 (adults) one-hour narrated tour which travels 16 miles and includes good views of the former summer residences of the singer Kate Smith, Victor Herbert and Johnny Weissmuller. The tours are available several time a day, May to Oct. Call for current schedule and pricing (518) 523-9704.

    For a nature walk try "High Falls Gorge", an eight mile drive from Lake Placid seen here.

    Links to other Woodcarving Class Events - click here

    Links to Woodcarving Clubs

  • Wood Carving Club of Quebec and their Facebook page

  • OUTAOUAIS WOOD CARVERS in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Les Artisans Sculpteurs des Cantons (The Artisans Sculptors Townships)in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

  • Hudson Valley Wood Carvers Club,Pleasant Valley NY.

  • Lancaster Carvers - Lancaster, PA

  • Genesee Valley Woodcarvers (GVW)- Rochester, New York

    Links to Woodcarving Shows

  • Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship held in Waterloo, Ontario in March

  • Genesee Valley Woodcarvers competition and show - Rochester, New York in April

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