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Classes at Spring LPWE event6-10 May 2019

Plan to arrive on Sunday 5 May for the free sharpening session in the late afternoon and the Welcome Reception in the Kate Smith Banquet room at 7pm. The spring event is a mix of 3, 4 and 5 day classes. All classes start at 8am on Monday 20 June 2016, check class description for when it ends. All Classes end at 3pm on the last class day.

You pay the Instructor personally the morning you start the class, cash preferred, I don't know of any instructors that can accept credit cards - bring your PIN # so you can go to an ATM if necessary. Cross border check cashing has gotten very expensive - I have heard of a bank charging $30 to cash a "foreign" check.

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.

Hotel Accommodations Package Plan - For Spring 2019 the Hotel will NOT be offering meals as the Kitchen will be closed. Hotel Package plans click here.

Class for the Spring LPWE include:
Al Jordan - "Rudy Turnstone -IWCA style Shorebird "- 4 day class starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Thursday 9 May
Wayne Smith "Realistic Polar Bear and Cub" - 5 day class starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Friday 10 May
Harold Kaltenbach - "Whimsical Gnome Homes" starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Wednesday 8 May
Jim O'Dea - " Fundamentals of Woodcarving (Hand Tools)" starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Wednesday 8 May

Al Jordan - "Rudy Turnstone -IWCA style Shorebird "- 4 day class starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Thursday 9 May Cost is $350 plus $40 for materials.

This years class consists of a Rudy Turnstone -IWCA style Shorebird. Pictures are just to show the type of bird we are doing. Pose will be very similar to the upright bird in pic. It will be painted in full breeding plumage. Questions - contact Al at [email protected] Rudy Turnstone

This seminar is set up for those who have some carving experience. It will be a very intense course with much to be learned. The course is designed around power carving, with some use of a Foredom and much work with an NSK, Gueswien, or RAM type high speed grinder. We all have our favorite diamond bits and kutzalls, so bring what works for you. Special attention and time will be spent on painting with the air brush. Reserve a spot in this class by emailing Jim O'Dea ( [email protected] )

Student need to bring:
Dust Collector
Power cord
Light
Foredom- 1x1 sanding mandrel, 1x2 sanding mandrel , fine and coarse sleeves for mandrel
Cushioned Sanders- 1/2”x 1 1/2”, 3/4”x 2 1/4”
300&400 grit sandpaper
NSK or other high speed grinder with your favorite cutters and sanders
Favorite paint brushes
Scissors
Airbrush set up
Water bucket
Paper towels
Palette
Paint as follows- white, raw umber, raw sienna, burnt sienna, black, yellow oxide If you are flying in for class and need some loaner equipment, contact Al [email protected] with copy to Jim [email protected]

Al has been carving for more than 20+ years, and has acquired nearly 100 best of show awards. Al finished Third in World 2017 with his Elf Owl which was taught as a class here in Lake Placid. He was the 2008 North American Shorebird Champion as well as the 2010 IWCA shorebird champion. Al is a highly sought after judge, instructor, a regular contributor to Wildfowl Carving Magazine and a published author. As well Al, is a licensed Master Falconer, fast becoming known as one of the best on the east coast. He may have one or more of his hawks here with us for the duration of the seminar.

Wayne Smith " Realistic (and unrealistic) Animals" - 5 day class starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Friday 10 May. The featured project of this 5-day seminar is a walking polar bear with cub on its back. Other less challenging projects will also be available,including a standing Easter bunny with basket, a sitting squirrel with acorn, and others. Cost of the class is $250 plus the cost of the roughout (TBD)and class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Animal anatomy will be briefly discussed and instruction will include group presentations as well as ample individual assistance on all aspects of the carving. This is a hand tool class and students should possess a variety of gouges, including a #11, 2mm veiner for texturing fur. Spoon-shaped veiners will also be helpful in texturing hard-to-reach places. You will also need a rheostat-controlled woodburner and individual lighting fixtures may be desirable on cloudy days.

Wayne is a longstanding member of the National Association of Woodcarvers and the Mystic, CT woodcarving club. He has taught woodcarving at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast and teaches on a regular basis at the American Woodcarving School in Wayne, NJ. He has won umerous best-of-show awards and his work can be seen at galleries in CT. Questions regarding the class can be forwarded to [email protected] Instructional fee is $250 , in addition to the cost of the blank or roughout (TBD). Contact Wayne with questions - [email protected]

This is a gouge class and students should have a good selection of gouges (either full handle or palm), including a #11-2mm veiner for texturing fur. Wood burning will also be used to enhance fur texture and students should bring their burners - a painting demonstration will be included as time permits. The seminar will include a discussion of animal anatomy, and feature group demonstrations along with individual attention.

Wayne is a longstanding member of the National Association of Woodcarvers and the Mystic, CT woodcarvers club. He has taught woodcarving at several venues throughout New England and has won numerous awards for his woodcarving throughout the U.S. His work can be seen in a number of galleries in Connecticut and on his web site.

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.

Harold Kaltenbach - "Whimsical Gnome Homes" starting on Monday 6 May and ending on Wednesday 8 May Class fee $200 which includes 1 blank and materials. Additional blanks will be available for sale.

Spend three relaxing days carving "no rules" architecture from cottonwood bark. Learn to carve winding stairs, wonderful irregular windows, and magical doors with no limits. Create roof lines nicely curved and chimneys that wander their way up. Everyone will have their own unique version of a gnome home when finished.

Assorted sizes of knives, gouges, and v-tools are recommended, and the instructor will have some tools available to fill any gaps. The class will include finish work with burning tools, paints and brushes also supplied by the instructor.

. Harold Kaltenbach started woodcarving in '95, begain teaching not long after that at the local club and then helped start up the North East Woodcarvers' Roundup (Honesdale, PA) in 2001 as a volunteer instructor. Since then he has taught at several other venues including the View art center in Old Forge, NY, the Rhode Island Woodcarvers' Retreat and the Indiana Woodcarvers' Summer Camp. Harold's carving experiences ranges from wildlife, to charicature to, but has concentrated on wood spirits, whimsical homes various other projects from cottonwood bark. Contact Harold with questions - [email protected]

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.

Jim O'Dea - Fundamentals of Woodcarving - this is a 3 day class Max of 4 students. 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 I have - such as Human faces (silhouettes), eagles(Bust, wall plaque or cane handle), Christmas ornaments. Working one on one , coaching just a few students, will allow each student to progress at their own speed in their own direction.

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

Jim O'Dea lives in Rotonda West, FL. 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 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.

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.

Hotel Accommodations Package Plan - For Spring 2019 the Hotel will NOT be offering meals as the Kitchen will be closed. Hotel Package plans click here.

RV and Commuter Plans We have a RV and Commuter package plan for 3,4 and 5 day classes. This effectively pays for the classroom space useage Call "Brian" at the hotel for costs and to reserve your commuter package.

How to Make Woodcarving Class reservations: email Jim O'Dea at [email protected] 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. 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. Class costs vary with specific classes so be sure to read the descriptions carefully noting any additional blank or roughout costs.

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