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LPWE 1st Session 10 September 2018
Please check class start and end dates carefully


Carl Borst - "Celtic Cross"- 3 day class. Class starts on Monday 10 Sept ends on Wednesday 12 Sept
Leah Goddard - "Realistic Animals" - 5 day class- Class is FULL
Chris Howard "Realistic Bust -Mountainman, Women, Indian and Wood Spirits" - 5 day class Class Canceled
Jim O'Dea - "Fundamental of Woodcarving - for the beginner/novice carver using hand tools" - 3 day class Class starts on Monday 10 Sept ends on Wednesday 12 Sept
Dennis "Butch" Clark - Northern Cardinal - 5 day class. This class is FULL Class starts on Monday 10 Sept ends on Friday 14 Sept

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.

Carl Borst - "Celtic Cross" - - 3 day class starting on Monday 10 Sept and ending on Wednesday 12 Sept Project will be in white pine about about 8"x 5"x 1-3/4. Bring an assortment of mid size and palm gouges ( assorted sweeps ) the cost of the class and blank will be $ 175.

Project will be similar to this cross

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 Woodcarving with Hand Tools - Class starts on Monday 10 Sept ends on Wednesday 12 Sept Max of 5 students. Cost $145 includes all materials. Loaner tools are available as well as tools to purchase. 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]

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 43 years experience carving human caricatures, carousel horses, realistic freshwater fish, and whales. He has taught Woodcarving for 23 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, Charlotte County Woodcarvers in Punta Gorda and the North Port Woodcarvers in Northport, FL.

Leah Goddard - Realistic Animals - your choice of several animals Class FULL Students can choose from a variety of animals including Lion bust or Ram Bust as well as a Wolf, Raccoon, Rabbit, Squirrel, Bear, Mouse, a Gorilla, a Buffalo and 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: $200.00 plus rough cost $10- $85. 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]

Some of the many animal projects you may choose from are pictured below. Click images for a larger view
click on any image 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 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 Canceled

Chris Howard will be teaching power carving using a choice of either a Basswood or Sassafras rough-out. Students will be taken through the step-by-step process used in creating a realistic woman or man bust. Fundaments in both male and female anatomy will be discussed and implemented. Various power carving bits and techniques will be explored and demonstrated along with professional "tricks" to make the busts come to life. Beginners through advanced students will find this class both educational and enjoyable. Hand carving students are also welcome. Instructional cost is $200, Rough-outs cost $35.00-$55.00 Questions about class - contact Chris directly 428-237-2534. Contac Jim O'Dea for class reservation.

Chris for the last 18 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.

Dennis "Butch" Clark carving a Northern Cardinal - This Class is Full this is a 5 day power class,Monday 10 Sept and ending on Friday 14 Sept, carving a Northern Cardinal 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] When class is full I will put you on the waiting list in advent of a cancellation.

The Northern Cardinal as a large songbird requiring all 5 days to complete so no habitat will be done in this class. Bring with you the mount you want to use so you can adjust the legs before painting them.

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 possible 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. Extension cords and power strips are needed as well.

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 #240 ABRANET sandpaper and a sanding stick are very useful. A wood burner is used for detailing the feathers. A ball stylus for burnishing. See image of tools below. Some of these bits may be available for purchase at LPWE and others as loaners.

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.

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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