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NEWR 2012 Class Descriptions
This is a pliminary list, Instructors- send your class descriptions and pictures to Jim O'Dea [email protected] for inclusion on this page.

  • Jim O'Dea "Human Face Carving, creating your own study sticks, Face silhouettes and various projects."

    Monday & Tuesday -Jim will offer a 2 day class "Creating your own Human Face Study Sticks". This class 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, but where gouges are faster or easier, Jim will show you where your gouges can be used. The emphasis of the class will be on the process, not the artistic nature of the carving. Materials including a CD with study stick pictures and notes for this workshop is $18.00 each day. See Jim's web site for class details.

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    Monday: the class will be carving the basic face layout in the morning and in the afternoon an open mouth with lower teeth showing- Instructional Fees and material total $18. This is a one day class and as it is a step-by-step teaching technique, you must be there at 9 am to start the class. You will complete a basic face stick with an open mouth upon which you can later add eyes and ears which you will learn in the next days class. This class will be offered on Monday.

    Tuesday the class will be carving an Eye stick in the morning and an Ear stick in the afternoon- Instructional Fees and material fees total $18. This is a one day class and as it is a step-by-step teaching technique, you must be there at 9 am to start the class. You will complete both an eye stick and an ear stick in one day. This class will be offered on Tuesday only.

    Wednesday - class is " Carving Small Characters in the Jack Price style". These are full figure characters from 7/8 x 7/8 by 2 inch high basswood blocks, done in a manner outlined in Jack's book and being taught with his permission. Class material cost which includes a copy his book is $20. Class is a step-by-step teaching technique, you must be there at 9 am to start the class.

    Thursday - Jim will offer all of his various blanks and help you with them. This is NOT step by step so arrive anytime and select from face silhouettes, ornaments, etc. blank costs from $2 to $12. Also available is a Bellamy Style Eagle - this is a 26 inch wide eagle in a butternut rough out, 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. This Eagle won't be completed in one day, but you will get to do all the hard parts such that you can finish it at home. Cost of the Butternut roughout is $28. Also a "New England" Stylized Eagle with an arrow in it's claws - Butternut roughout is $20. Both style eagles are made to hang flat against the wall. The intention is for the bird to be oiled and if a flag is included on the piece it would be painted. See examples of the eagles from other classes here.

    Jim O'Dea spends summers on Grand Island, NY and lives in Rotonda West, FL. Jim has 37 years experience carving human caricatures, carousel horses, realistic freshwater fish, and whales. He has taught woodcarving for 17 years, including 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, and the North Port Woodcarvers in Northport, FL. Contact Jim at [email protected] with questions.

    Pete LeClair - Caricatures
    Monday - Pete will teach a one day class doing "Mr Scraps" - - these are smaller heads done from basswood blanks. There are a number of faces you could do such as the sea captain pictured. NO painting but CD you get will have painting instructions. Materials $25 a day click image for larger view

    Tuesday and Wedensday - a 2 day class carving a "small bust" from a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 6 inches blank. Several possible "characters" you can do from the same generic blank. NO painting but CD with picture of project you get will have painting instructions. Materials $50 for this 2 day class. While the specific character is still not decided, pictured below are several projects to give you an idea of what he could be doing BUT are NOT the actual characters for 2012.
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    Thursday - Pete will teach a one day class on carving the face off a corner of the block similar to that pictured here. NO painting but CD with picture of all projects you get will have painting instruction. Materials $25 a day

    Click to see more of Pete LeClair's carvings here.

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    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! See more about Pete LeClair and his woodcarvings.

    Pete has a painting video on YouTube click here.

    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

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

  • Terry Mansfield - Walking Sticks. one day class on all 4 days - teaching chipped carved canes and walking sticks and how to finished the bottoms. Terry will also introduce a couple of animal handles for the canes.

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    You will need to sign up for one day class to be able to get the necessary instruction to complete at home, I will be available in the evenings for further instruction and to help you complete your Carving. You will need a detail knife and be able to sharpen and keep sharp the blade. I have taught this class to novices but if you are more advanced you will be able to complete the class in a much reduced time frame. Basswood blanks will be available for canes and toppers, everything will be done in basswood. I also will have leather for grips, some brass toppers, and tips available. Maximum number of students per day 8 Students

    Terry is an imaginative Carver who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Award winning works are often noted for a unique style, elegance, and technique. He has developed an innovative style that blends precise realism and character. He has accomplished this work using traditional methods as well as modern techniques. Terry can create the perfect piece for any purpose, including:
    o Artistic pieces to decorate your home, office, or place of business
    o Canes & Walking Sticks
    o Wood Burning
    o Caricatures

  • Sheila Mansfield - Butterfly. one day class -Wednesday only. Sheila will be doing a relief of a butterfly.

  • Herlene Iobst - Alpine Relief Carving teaching Monday thru Thursday - you will carve and paint your project, all materials furnished, all skill levels are accepted. Max 10 students.

    most often a two day class. carvers with experience could finish in one day. carving and painting are involved. tools are available to be loaned, and i supply paint brushes and paint. each student can choose their own scene, and i can help to draw it for them. wood is available in various sizes. Painting and or staining will be included to finish each project. All paint and brushes needed will be included. The project will be tailored to the individual. Some projects will require more than a day. Students could use a set of relief tools, but some will be available for loan. Herlene attended Baum Art school as a teenager, but never carved until 2003. She quickly became interested in German Alp scenery, having seen this relief style of carving while visiting Germany. She took it on as a challenge from a friend, and discovered that she had a natural God given talent to carve. Herlene's teaching method is geared for simplicity. "God has given me a wonderful gift, and I like to share it! Looking forward to seeing you all there!" She is a member of the Cherry Ridge Carvers and a talented artist.

  • George Basehore - "Basic Stick Making" - From rough bark to finished stick. Georgew will be teaching on 2 days only- check the schedule when you arrive for the specific days. Tools needed: pocket knife, paint scraper

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    George Basehore ia a self described "Old Fart". I carved my first piece, a relief carving of my dog, in 1997. Working with nothing but a 1/2 inch wood chisel a hammer, and an old pine board. Since I can't draw bath water, I do all my layout work, from photos, on my computer. I have been attending NEWR since its inception, and have been teaching since 2005. My wood chisel is still my favorite tool. I still love relief carving, but am doing more carving in the round since coming to Cherry Ridge.

    I began doing walking sticks in 2001, and as a member of the American National Cane Club, am actively involved in our Canes for Vets program. We take applications from Vets needing a cane, and make the cane to their required size, and personalize it for them. To view examples of the Canes for Vets, as well as some of my own work, go to our websitehere . To date we have delivered more than eighty canes to Veterans of WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Gulf war.

  • Dennis Thorton - "Caricatures" Teaching the full four Days Monday - Thursday. Project will be doing Caricatures in some form ( Bears are a strong Possiblity). Max of 10 students.

    FOR SIXTEEN YEARS DENNIS HAS BEEN WOODCARVING. ALWAYS HAVING ENJOYED WORKING WITH WOOD, HE STARTED CARVING AND LEARNED IT WAS A WAY TO EXPRESS MANY OF HIS IDEAS. THIS NEW ENDEVOR QUICKLY TURNED INTO A PASSION HE USED TO CREATE AMAZING ONE OF A KIND ART AND AS A WAY TO SHARE HIS FEELINGS. HIS APPRECIATION FOR IRONY AND SATRICAL COMEDY MAKE CARICATURE CARVING DENNIS'S STYLE OF CHOICE. HE TRANSFORMS A SIMPLE BLOCK OF BASS WOOD INTO SOMETHING UNIQUE. THIS HELPS TO CAPTURE A DETAILED, ENGAGING COMICAL SITUTATION AND A MOMENT THAT ALLOWS THE VIEWER AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY HIS WORK. DENNIS EXHIBITS IN GALLERIES AND SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY. HIS WORK HAS BROUGHT HIM BOTH NATIONAL AND INTERNATION ATTENTION. IN 2000 HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CARICATURE CAVERS OF AMERICA WHERE HE HAS TAKEN PART IN PUBLISHING THREE BOOKS TO DATE. HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS TRESURER, VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT AND IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERED PAST PRESIDENT WITH THE CCA'S EXECUTIVE BOARD.

    IN 2003, DENNIS AND HIS WIFE SUSAN OPENED THEIR ART STUDIO IN GUILFORD, NEW YORK. IT SHOWCASES THEIR WORK AND OFFERS INSTRUCTION. CURRENTLY, DENNIS IS A FULL TIME WOODCARVER OFTEN TRAVELING THE COUNTRY TO TEACH SEMINARS AND PARTICIPATING IN SHOWS. MORE RECENTLY THEY HAVE STARTED TEACHING SEMINARS ON ROYAL CARRIBEAN CRUISES, GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF CARVERS.

  • ARLAND ZIELER .- Monday Only will be a class for the very beginner -"Fundamentals 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. Cost of all materials is $5

    Wedensday only class, Arland will be doing soap carving with the kids - materials cost is $2.

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  • Tony Manteneri - using the Airbursh 1/2 day classes teaching on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday with both the morning and afternoon classes. The setup Tony has includes a CO2 tank connected to 6 airbrushes. The CO2 tank can run all six airbrushes simultaneously. Class size is limited to 6, so everyone will have one of Tony's airbrushes to use.

    The class will start off with care and maintenance of the airbrush. It will start with a complete tear down and rebuild of the airbrush which is necessary for cleaning and proper maintenance. Tony will also include two projects, first a t-shirt airbrushing which is more forgiving and will give people a chance to get a feel for the double action airbrush and then a simple wood project. We will try to cover:
    1. How to hold the airbrush
    2. Thick and thin lines
    3. Dagger stroke
    4. Fade techniques
    5. Layering techniques to "mix" colors on the canvas (wood, fabric or canvas)

    Cost for t-shirt's will be an $8 for sizes Medium through X-Large ($10 for 2X). The Optional wood project would be around $2.

    Students can bring their own airbrush and we will try to connect them provided Tony has the correct threaded adapter. He will be setting up with both Iwata and Paasche airbrushes. Tony will also have some Paasche airbrush sets and supplies there that people can buy.

    Tony has been airbrushing over 14 years. He has airbrushed canvas paintings, a couple vehicles and many t-shirts. Tony has attended every Roundup. To support his carving and airbrushing habit, he works as a computer programmer, currently focusing on writing iPad/iPhone apps.

  • John Griscti - Chip Carving -
    Monday and Tuesday. - John will teach the basics of chip carving. Starting with, identifying the differences between chip carving knifes, and what features are best for the beginner and advanced chip carver. Each student will learn the correct way to hold their knife and will then start carving several basic designs. Each student will then progress to more complex designs such as rosettes, and will then finish with a final project - "A chip carved NEWR coaster". Other topics will be covered throughout the day, such as different ways to finish and stain - applying patterns to the wood - safety - and free form chip carving.

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    Wednesday & Thursday - Advanced Chip carving projects (Wine bottle holder & ornaments) Wine bottle holder - click for larger image This will hold a full bottle of wine. It looks impossible, but the bottle and stand are balanced giving the illusion that the bottle is floating. Students must have basic chip carving experience and a chip carving knife. Ornaments - There will be a variety of free form chip carving patterns to choose from. Students should be able to complete an ornament in a less than half a day. Here are a few examples.

    Students must have basic chip carving experience and a chip carving knife.

  • Jack Miller - "Santa's and Birds"
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    Teaching Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I will teach how to carve a Santa Claus and also a swan. I may offer the swan in two different sizes- one a miniature, the other one about 1/2 scale- about 15 inches long or so and standing about 14 inches high.My students will be carving with knives and possibly a gouge, but 95+% with the knife. I doubt that there will be time to paint, but both subjects will be fairly easy to paint at home.

    As usual I will have some basic tools for sale (the ones that I use) and a couple of other blanks as well as some mahogany wood. I will send you info about my bio later. See you in July.

  • Tony Erickson - FACES AND FIGURES IN CYPRESS KNEES, LITTLE HOUSES AND OTHER SMALL PROJECTS Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday

    See more of Tony's carvingshere.

    Tony resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Seneca, SC. He attended The Boston School of Architecture, NYI Institute of Photography and later, Foundation College for Graphic Arts in San Diego, CA. Tony instructs at various carving roundups across the USA and contributes articles to Carving Magazines with the latest in issue 33 of Carving Magazine

  • Don Swartz - "Carve and Paint a rooster " a 2 day workshop workshop will be Mon. & Tues. Maximum of 10 students per day. Miniature rooster (approx 5 inches tall). Same project on each day. Knife and palm tools only. Intermediate skill level--no beginners for this project, please. Blanks available in basswood, jelutong, white pine and juniper (Eastern red cedar). Project will take approximately 6 hours during the day and I am willing to assist with painting on Monday and Tuesday evenings (2 hours max).

    See pictures of the project clcik here.

    Don is from Lancaster, PA. He has been a carver for 30 years, have taught numerous classes (incl Roundup in July, 2010), author with rooster on Spring 2012 # 58 issue of Carving Illustrated Magazine, and is the owner of Hillcrest Carving - a tool and supply business.

  • Mike Bloomquist - N.A. Flutes from River Cane, Woodspirits, Scandinavian Flat Plane - Mike will be teaching Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

    Carving Native American Style Flutes from river cane (bamboo). - This is a night Class which will start Sunday night & and finish Monday evening (one class). I'm limiting the class to eight students 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. Max 8 students. <

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    Monday will be a full day of Scandinavian flat plane woodcarving. Multiple projects to choose from with multiple levels of difficulty mostly knife only. Beginners welcome.

    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 $20 depending on size. After noon that day, I will sell my stock to non-students who need bark. Max 10 students

    Wednesday will be a Wednesday morning will be a workshop on modifying patterns and making your own patterns and models. Max 10 students

    See more of Mike's carvings by Clicking here

    Mike Bloomquist began carving fishing lures in 1985. After failed attempts carving a wood duck and a draft horse, he learned how to 'really' sharpen tools from a Rick Butz video and realized what many others found enjoyable about the art. Then, in 1994, he attended a woodcarving show sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Assoc. Inspired by the variety and level of talent, woodcarving reached addiction status for him that year, and now serves as an excellent example of a hobby gone horribly out of control.

    While Mike started out in the Scandinavian Flat Plane style of woodcarving, his skills now encompass several forms including wildlife, folk art, fantasy, in-the-round, relief, and an occasional abstract. His pieces have been 'adopted' for collections in Canada, England, Germany, Iceland, and across the United States.

    He enjoys teaching, demonstrating, and writing about woodcarving and proudly takes credit for Shanghaiing his friend Harold Kaltenbach into teaching at the very first year of the NEWR.

  • Harold Kaltenbach - Bark Houses" To all my classes please bring all your tools, no tool to big or too small and have a open mind to think out side the box. Class size max 15.

    Monday - We will be carving a 3D Gnome Home. Made from 2 peices of bark.This home comes with it's own lighting system. We will talk about adding color . These homes will be about 7 to8 inches tall.

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    More about Harold at his web site

    Tuesday - 3D gnome homes from one peice of bark. Each home will be about 5 inches tall.

    Wednesday -Open to any size home. From 3 inches to 8 inches tall Thursday - Simple Santa 6 inches tall Basswood Blank and open to any ideas.

  • Don Dearoff - human figures will teach two days, He has done the Amish Man and will do the Amish Woman this year.

  • Walt LeClair - Cardinal, check schedule when you arrive to see which day. Students will carve, burn and paint a Cardinal. He is teaching for two days. He will furnish the blank, feet, eyes, paint and mounting when finished they will have a complete bird. Material fee $25.00. Please advertise for the carvers to bring their burner, he has only 5. He will have extra bird blanks.

  • Paul Thomas - Frog & Turtle Teaching two days, one day will be a frog and the second day would be a turtle. check schedule when you arrive to see which days. Max of 10 students each day. Bring your favorite knives and/or gouges For questions contact Paul at [email protected]

  • Mary Weinheimer - Kohlrosing & other projects- check schedule when you arrive to see which days.

  • Carl Borst - Hobo and a yet as undisclosed project- teaching everyday except Thursday. Carl will be doing a hobo 8' tall character Monday and Tuesday. Wed to be announced.

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    Carl has been coming to Honesdale every year since it started. He has been teaching and judging carving events around the Northeast for many years. He has also been a contributor to Chip Chats since the mid 90's. Currently he has been teaching at the Rhode Island and the Lake Placid woodcarving retreats. His specialty is human head and figure both in caricature and realistic, although he has a well rounded variety of projects from full sized Carousel animals to very small novelty subjects. There will always be laughter in and around his classes as he believes that we should have fun while we learn about the craft that we love.

  • Maura Macaluso - Pierced Relief carvings and Painting- -

    Monday and Tuesday. -Maura Macaluso of Carving in NYC will be teaching 2 one day classes on pierced relief carvings.We will go over the steps and learn the techniques used to create pierced reliefs and pierced relief patterns. We will be carving an arrangement of maple leaves in a frame. The wood will be poplar. This is an intermediate class.

    Tools needed: Full-size or palm chisels, no specific tools required. We will also talk about what finish to use and why. All tools need to be sharp prior to the beginning of this class. This is a knowledge and technique based class for those who like to learn. This class is not recommended for beginners. This class is limited to 12 students each day.

    On Wedensday this will be specifically about painting or otherwise Coloring your carvings. Bring your completed carvings from Mon or Tues class to paint if you want....

    Maura has been carving for over 10 years. She had always been artistic and started carving after suffering a life changing injury. Maura believes that carving found her rather than the other way around. “I am a self-taught carver. I carved alone for two years and then discovered that there was a world of woodcarving going on underground. I needed to connect with the other carvers and the legacy of all of the carvers who came before me. For me, carving is meditation, pain management, passion and the greatest education I will ever get. I think knowing your subject is very important to any art form. It allows an artist to connect to their creation and it inspires me to help keep the art of carving alive and well in the 21st century.” Maura Macaluso is a native New York City artist is an award winning commission carver, instructor, carving show judge and author. Please visit her website here.

  • George Hallenbeck - Knife making and sharpening-
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  • Jody Sebring - "2 different Santa's" - Teaching on 2 days - check the schedule when you arrive.

  • Jim Sebring - "Tramp Art" - Teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wedensday. 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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  • Eva Hoefele - Woodburning-There will be classes Monday through Thursday. We will be using the one temperature Woodburning pen (which will be available for use during the class) that is easy to learn and handle. We will be using Basswood plaques, Basswood Country Rounds or Basswood Planks, priced from $15 - $25, depending on the size. I have a wide variety of patterns to choose from, so there should be something to everybody’s liking. You will make your selection when you sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students per day.

  • Joan Lech - -We will be carving a Great Egret Head and doing it in a decoy style . We will carve a half day and paint a half day. Here is your chance to learn about painting . It is geared for all levels. The only thing you need is a knife and a small flat gouge all the other supplies will be included in the class. You will have a finished piece at the end of the class. Cost of the class is $20.00. I will be teaching two days check schedule when you arrive as to which days.

  • Floyd Rhadigan - "Caricatures" - will be teaching on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Max of 15 students. Caricature Carver with 40 years experience woodcarving and teaching for 35. Floyd lives and works full time as a woodcarver in Clinton, MI where he has a studio and store that is in a old bank built in 1873. He also travels around the U.S. teaching caricature carving.

    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 watered down acrylic paints. Floyd is currently the President of the Caricature Carvers of America. He has been 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

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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.

  • Bill Peoples - - Bill will be doing chip carving again and some form of fret work. Check the schedule when you arrive to see when.

  • Bob Muller - Sharpening each morning.

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