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NEWR 2009 Class Descriptions

  • GEORGE BASEHORE .- George is teaching a basic relief class on Monday and Thurday. George has been carving since 1997 mostly relief carvings of dogs from photographs. Please bring a 1/2 inch carpenters chisel and a wooden mallet as these are his main tools.
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  • Jim O'Dea - "Human Face Carving, creating your own study sticks and a Bellamy Style Eagle class.

    Jim will offer a one day class carving a Bellamy Style Eagle on Monday and will repeat the class again on Thursday - this is a 26 inch wide eagle in a butternut rough out ($25 blank cost), done in a folk art style made famous by John Bellamy of Kittery Maine in the 1860's. Large tools will be used for this project and Jim has plenty of loaners available.

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    Cost of the Butternut roughout is $25.

    Jim will also offer a 2 day class "Human Face Carving, creating your own study sticks" This is composed of 2 one day classes, take one day or both days. It is an introduction to face carving for the beginning woodcarver with little or no experience doing human faces. Students will have the opportunity to follow a methodology in developing a human face using just a knife. The emphasis of the class will be on the process, not the artistic nature of the carving. On Tuesday, the basic face layout, carving the Nose and an open Mouth with teeth will be taught. On Wednesday, Carving the Eyes and Ears will be taught. Students will go home with own Human face study sticks. Material for this workshop is $10.00 each day

    Jim winters in Florida and Grand Island NY in the summer. Contact Jim at [email protected] with questions.

  • Maura Macaluso - " An Introduction to Classical Carving" - Maura will be teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday. Your choice of classical designs such as grapes and leaves, oak leaf and acorns and possibly an acanthus design. She will have the carvers transfer the design to the wood, which will be basswood or aspen. Classical carving focuses on carving efficiently and safely and making the most of your tools. Maura will discuss and demonstrate with different carving tools and their uses, explain the Sheffield numbering system and will teach some classical carving techniques which include, being ambidextrous, relying on a v-tool and/or veiner, and the right use of the right tool at the right time. Minimum tool requirement: A v-tool , a shallow gouge(#5 med. width gouge). Suggestions are that you bring a good selection of gouges and chisels. Light mallets are welcome. Handouts will be included. Beginners are accepted but will find this class challenging. You can see more of Maura's carvings at her website

  • Floyd Rhadigan - Caricature Carver with 38 years experience woodcarving who lives and works full time as a woodcarver in Saline, MI. Floyd offeres numerous blanks from which the student can pick and Floyd will provide quidance.

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    Floyd has won numerous awards including the CCA Special Award in Dayton Ohio and recently a first place ribbon at the 2004 National CCA Competition. He teaches woodcarving classes all around the country including Michigan Woodcarving Seminars, Oscoda; Creative Woodcarving Seminar, Cadillac, MI in June each year; Woodcarvers Roundup, Evart, MI June each year; and NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup, Honesdale, PA July each year. Floyd is looking forward to carving with new and old friends at the first Florida Roundup. Floyd will be teaching every day of the roundup.

    Floyd has many blanks available which range in price from $8 TO $20. Generally 1 or 2 projects can be completed in a day. Floyd uses knives and palm gouges. Floyd will discuss his painting techniques and if there is time will do a painting demo one day. He uses watred down acrylic paints. Floyd is a 2007 inductee to the CARICATURE CARVERS OF AMERICA, Floyd was featured on the covers of all three major woodcarving magazines and took Best of Show, First and Second at the 2006 Caricature Carvers of America Show held at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN. See several of his other carvings at his website

  • Pete LeClair - Caricature - Pete will be doing a 2 day "Buster" bottle stopper class on Monday and Tuesday and a one day "Abram" face carving class on Wednesday.

    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!

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    Pete is a member of the prestigious Caricature Carvers of America. He was inducted into CCA in September 1994. He now teaches seminars throughout the country and recently 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". Pete also contributed to the book Carving the Full Moon Saloon and �Carving the Circus. Materials for the class will be $10

    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 recommends (but not required) : #9 sweep -5mm (Swiss gouge); #11-3mm (Swiss gouge); #9-3/8" (Harmen or Ramulson gouge); #7-1/2" (Harmen or Ramulson gouge).Pete will have several extras of these recommended gouges with him for the students to use during the class

    You can see Pete's books at here on Amazon Books

  • CARL BORST - "Santa & Human face expressions".- classes Monday, Tuesday and Wed. He has not firmed up exactly what we will be doing, probably a sitting down Santa, a day of facial expressions. Hand tools are used in his classes.

    Carl Borst lives in Schenectady, N.Y. and began carving in 1991 at the age of 58. His only regret is that he did'nt 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.

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    Soon after he started carving he found other carvers who had been at it longer than he, were asking him to help them. This made him realize that he enjoyed teaching also. 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 been teaching at Honesdale every year since we started and gets great satisfaction from helping carvers at all levels. He has been doing seminars and judging various wood carving events around the Northeast, plus� also gives "one on one classes" in his studio and group classes at various clubs. 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.

  • ED OTTO - "Bark Carving".- - on Tues. & Wed. Ed Otto was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio and has lived in Carlisle PA since 1993. He began carving in 1994.� While Ed has carved a variety of different things, he enjoys carving human figures the most.

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    Ed studied under many nationally known carvers including Vic Hood, Pete Ortel, John Burke, and Jeff Phares.� He won Best of Show honors in the 2001 and 2005 Conewago Carvers annual show as well as the West Shore Carvers 2001 show. Ed also teaches seminars on carving Native American Indians, wood spirits and gnome houses.

  • Mike Bloomquist - Bark Carving, Native American, Flute, and Flat Plan Carving- Mike will be teaching Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Also, Sunday Night I'll do a painting demo with artist oils and MinWax "Natural" Stain.

    This year I'm going to dedicate Monday to carving Native American Style Flutes from river cane (bamboo). This is going to be a new, "first time" offering for me, so I'm limiting the class to eight students and allowing for a full day. If I have students finish by noon then I'll rotate some new students in. Only a sharp knife is required, but please bring long handled gouges and flat carpenters chisels if you have them. All other tools will be provided. The flute "kits" will be $25, and will consist of a piece of river cane, a large rubber band, and a totem block (from a variety of different styles). Leather wraps and ornamentation will be up to the student after the class. At least one Native American story will be told... possibly more... you have been warned -G-. This will be beginnermediate level at least.

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    Tuesday will be my traditional Wood-spirit-carved-from-cottonwood-bark class (full day). A knife, a v-tool, and an assortment of gouges are required. Minimum level: Intermediate. Cottonwood pieces will vary from $12 to $30 depending on size.

    Wednesday will be a Flat-Plane Potpourri (full day). Several different small basswood figures will be available at different levels of difficulty (beginner to intermediate). Blanks will be from $5-$15 depending on complexity and "accessories". Some beginner kits consisting of a Flexcut KN13 knife, a strop, and sharpening compound will be available at $35 apiece.

    See more of Mike's carvings by Clicking here

  • Nick Sciortino - "Chip Carving intermediate and advanced" - Nick will have a chip carving workshop Mon. & Tues for intermediate and advanced carvers.
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  • Jim Sebring - "Tramp Art" - Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday. Jim will have a large collection of his Tramp Art. Carving experience can range from beginner to advanced. There will be a limit of 12 students.

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  • Nick W. Sciortino - "Beginner and Advanced chip carving" -Mon. & Tues. - Yes there are two "Nick Sciortino's".
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    Bring your burner,2 Tips (skew & Shader, pencil eraser, ruller, Pen Tracing paper (wax free) & sandpaper (220 & 600) He has taught many woodburning classes in the York, Pa. area. Class limit 10

  • Dolores Kramkowski - "Woodburning" - She will do Woodburning workshops each day Mon. & Tues.
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    You will need awoodburner with temperature control and good burning tips. Dolores will supply wood and patterns. - Workshop limit 10.

  • Mary Wienhimer - "Kohlrosing" - class specifics when available.

  • ARLAND ZIELER .- Monday will be a class for the very beginner -"Fundementals of Woodcarving" which covers how to use the tools, safety, different woods etc. This class will run from 9-12 and repeat 1-4. A small project will be done during the class and the morning class is welcome to return and continue the project in the afternoon if desired.

    On Wedensday, Arland will be doing soap carving with the kids and a class doing a Ball & Chain on Wedensday (beginners welcome)

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  • Bill Peoples .- Monday in the morning only Bill is doing a Chip carved bird house. Tuesday all day - Chip carving a gourd students must have taken Mondays class or last years bird house class.

  • HELEN F. IOBST .- Alpine Relief Carving -you will carve and paint your project, all materials furnished. Herlen will be teaching a 3 day class, Tues. Wed. & Thurs. Max 10 students. Herlene is a member of the Cherry Ridge Carvers and a talented artist.

  • Bev. Andrychek and John Gritchie- "Beginner chip carving" - Mon. & Tues.

  • John Griscti - "Chip Carverd Star". John will teach an advanced chip carved star on Thursday.

  • Bill Ritchie - "Painting" - paint your carvings or if you do not have a carving to paint he will havesome projects such as a lighthouse key holder, and iron note holder and a few others.

  • Ted Morrison - "Carving a small bird" -

  • Harry Leitheiser - "Power carving a flower" -Harry will be teaching 2 days and the other 2 days will help where needed for those signed up for his classes.

  • Bill Martin - "Skrimshaw" - - Wed. & Thurs

  • Harold Kaltenbach - Gnome homes"- Harold will have in different sizes, teaching for 3 and a half days.
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  • George Hallenbeck - Knife making - George will be teaching on 3 days.
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  • Robert Muller - Sharpening -each morning 8 a.m.

  • Robert Muller - Carving Gold Balls -Wedensday only class.

  • Don Dearolf - "Amishman" - Mon. & Wed.

  • Terry Mansfield - "Carving Canes" - classes on 3 or 4 days

  • Joan Leach - "Relief sea life"- a one day class, repeated on Wed. & Thurs. The subject will be a seahorse done from a butternut blank, with a little habitat in different natural woods to go along with the seahorse. This will be in the round and left natural.

  • Jack Miller - "Shore Birds"- all 4 days
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  • Sheila Mansfield. - "Butterfly" Wedensday only.

  • Dave Andrychek - "Relief"- Monday and Tuesday. Using a 6" x 6" x 3/4" basswood from Itasca. Dave uses a variety of palm gouges ranging from 1/8" to 1/4" or just a bit bigger, a knife and chip carving knife - but not necessary. 1/2" #3 sweep could be used for the roughing out, but a 3/4" sweep will allow the carving to proceed faster. Dave concentrates on the how and why of almost every step so that the carver can go home and create their own relief carving with the basics understood. About an hour of discussion before the tool first touches the wood to establish the basics of his techniques.  picture not yet available

    See more of Dave's carvings by Clicking here

  • Pete Kavarovic - "Twisted Letter Opener" Wedensday only

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