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NEWR 2011 Class Descriptions
Instructors- send your class descriptions and pictures to Jim O'Dea [email protected] for inclusion on this page.

New this year - class schedule by day
Hall #1 & 2 daily schedule

  • Linda Murphy - "Carve and Paint an Angel Fish" - one day class most likely on Monday. Blanks, all painting supplies - $15 Student brings: Basic carving tools, woodburner & tips. Max of 12 students

    I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Linda Filer Murphy and I am a woodcarver and painter. I worked as a draftsman for 27 years while raising my family. I viewed this as a practical outlet for my creative interests as well as a stable source of livelihood. It has proven to be invaluable training in perspective and three dimensional perceptions that applies to my carving activities today. In 1993 I saw a decoy head carving and decoy painting exhibition at the Harrisburg Sportsman Show. Immediately I knew that I was hooked. In 1996 I entered for the first time at the Ward World Wildfowl Art Competition and over the years I have won blue ribbons at the Open or Advanced level. Realizing that carving isn't just “for the birds,” I have branched out into all directions of sculpturing in wood, both realistic and imaginative.

    I found that I really enjoy teaching others and for several years I taught woodcarving at the Mechanicsburg Art Center and wood burning at the Harrisburg, PA Woodcraft store. Since 2002, I have been conducting classes on woodcarving, flat art painting (various media) and air brushing at my own studio near East Berlin, PA. I also give demonstrations and weekend seminars on woodcarving and painting at area clubs and organizations and frequently am asked to judge at various woodcarving shows and competitions in PA and MD. I am a member of Conewago Carvers (founding member and President in 1996 & 2010), West Shore Carvers (Harrisburg area) and past member of York Carvers.

  • Tony Erickson -
    Monday and Tuesday: Mushroom Hobbit Hole using two pieces of planed and glued cottonwood bark. Lighting the dwelling will also be discussed. Tools: Traditional hand tools plus your favorite chair and a lap board. Blank cost $35.

    Wednesday - Little Houses (Hobbit Hole, Cottage, Church, Outhouse, etc.) using 2"x2" basswood blanks. Samples will be shown. These can also be made as nightlights. Tools: Traditional hand tools plus your favorite chair and a lap board. Blank cost $25

    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

    Although all the projects below are considered one day projects not everyone works at the same pace, therefore, many projects offered as a one day class could take more than the allotted time to complete but, in that time period, you can learn the techniques needed to finish the project at your own pace. He is also available at the event at all times for any help you may need.

  • John Griscti - Beginning 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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  • Thursday -John Griscti - Chip Carved Wine Bottle Holder. Thursday project - click for larger image This bottle 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.

    John will also be teaching some night courses on Chip carved ornaments- check the board when you arrive for his schedule.

  • George Basehore - "Basic Stick Making" .- From rough bark to finished stick. 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.

  • 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.
    On Monday- the basic face layout, carving the Nose and an open Mouth with teeth will be taught.
    On Tuesday- Carving the Eyes and Ears will be taught. Students will go home with their own Human face study sticks.

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    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 his book is $18.
    Thursday - Jim will offer all of his various blanks and help you with them, select from face silhouettes, ornaments, etc. blank costs from $2 to $10. Also available is a Bellamy Style Eagle - this is a 24 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. Cost of the Butternut roughout is $25. Also a "New England" Stylized Eagle with an arrow in it's claws. See Jim's web site for pictures of these projects. Only a few of these eagle blanks will be available, best to pick it up earlier if you want one on Thursday.

    Jim O'Dea spends summers on Grand Island, NY and lives in Rotonda West, FL. Jim has 36 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 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.

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

    Monday - carving Native American Style Flutes from river cane (bamboo). 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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    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 Flat-Plane Potpourri (full day)of Scandinavian flat plane projects. Several different small basswood figures in Mike's normal Adirondack style as a well as his evil Swedish Good Luck Trolls 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. 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.


    Monday, Tuesday - a two day class on the same "Bellamy Eagle" that we did last year. Tools needed are a hold down devise and large No.3 -5 gouges. I will have a few tools to share. I try to keep the classes under 8, but I am flexible with that. click for larger image

    Wednesday - Have not decided on second project as yet

    Carl might do an evening class also.

    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.

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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 he 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.

  • Pete LeClair - Caricature - Pete will be doing one day classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday carving "Mr Scraps" - these are small heads done from basswood blanks. There are a number of faces you could do such as the sea captain pictured. Materials and CD for this class $20. Intermediate skill level class. Max of 12 students

    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!

    "Pete" picture not yet available "Mr. Scraps- Sea Captain" picture not yet available

    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 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 Ramuelson gouge); #7-1/2" (Ramelson 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 several CCA books including "Carving the Full Moon Saloon" and "Carving the Circus". You can see Pete's books at here on Amazon Books

  • Harold Kaltenbach - Bark Houses" with a new twist this year, Color ! Class size 14 to 15
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    More about Harold at his web site

  • Bill Martin - "Skrimshaw" - Tuesday & Wednesday - one day classes, bring a magnifier and a light. The class is based on teaching the student the basics of the art to a finish piece of work. They will be working with Ivory and could end up with two pendants. Students should have paper & pencil, a portable light, and some type of magnifier. All other supplies will be in a Kit which they will receive in class. Max class size 10. Bill has been Woodcarving over 35 years and teaching Schimshaw 5 years. If You have questions contact Bill at [email protected]

  • Paul Thomas - one day classes Tuesday when project is a "candle with a face" and Wednesday when the project is a "land turtle". Max of 10 students each day. Bring your favorite knives and/or gouges For questions contact Paul at [email protected]

  • 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.

  • Jack Miller - "Shore Birds"- all 4 days
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  • Maura Macaluso - Classical Carving and Northwest Indian art - "Maura Carving in NYC"
    Tuesday-The Acanthus Leaf Form - Carve the Classic Acanthus Leaf form on Basswood. Students in this class will learn important and efficient classical carving techniques and will be carving the acanthus leaf form in basswood. Students are encouraged to use mallets and full-sized chisels in this class but can also make do with whatever tools they have available to them.
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    All tools need to be sharpened 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 10 students only.

    Wednesday -Haida Carving----a classic Northwest Indian art -Carve a Tribal Haida style Students will carve and paint a relief carving of a traditional salmon design on Basswoood in the Pacific Northwest Indian Style. Mallet and chisels are encouraged but not necessary. Students will also learn carving history in this class. Please have sharp tools for this class. All painting supplies will be provided for you. Motivated beginners are welcome in this class. This class is limited to 10 students only.
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    Maura Macaluso is a self-taught traditional commission woodcarver, artist, instructor and author from New York City specializing in European classical design, instruction, history and the promotion of woodcarving worldwide. Maura is the woodcarving instructor for the New York City Parks Dept. and appeared on the Martha Stewart Special Woodworking Show. Her work is in private collections both nationally and internationally. Please visit her website here.

  • William Ritchie- how to mix colors to achieve the colors wanted. - available Mon, Tues AM and Wed. also evenings for advice. A class of up to 10. I teach art, Water Media and Oils. The classes will only use Acrylic paints.

    I also have a few seats open for people working on painting a finished carving. I provide the paints, brushes and material. I do charge for painting surfaces, ie; plaques, boxes, heavy paper and gladly accept donations for my time and materials.

    Except for one summer, I have given painting classes at the Round-Up every year. I have a Masters in Art and apprenticed with working Artists for several years. My art work varies between Landscape paintings and WildLife Oils.

  • 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.. Alpine style relief carving and horses will be the main subjects. 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'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.

  • Terry Mansfield - Walking Sticks. Days teaching still TBD - teaching chipped carved canes and walking sticks, how to finished the bottoms, Terry will also introduce a couple of animal handles for the canes.

  • Sheila Mansfield - Butterfly's and Mobius - teaching on one day but which is still TBD.

  • 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.

  • George Hallenbeck - Knife making and sharpening-
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  • ARLAND ZIELER .- Monday 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.

    Arland will be doing soap carving with the kids )

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  • Nick Sciortino - " Chip Carving intermediate and advanced" - Nick will have a chip carving workshop for intermediate and advanced carvers on Monday and Tuesday. We will be doing a fancy chip carved desk clock. It should only take a day but if need be We could continue in an evening.
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  • Jim Sebring - "Tramp Art" - 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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  • Don Dearolf - Carve and Paint a Santa. - days teaching are still TBD

  • Mary Weinheimer - Kohlrosing-

  • Bob Muller - Sharpening each day and Golf Balls-

  • Joan Lech - Folk Art Figures,- Teaching on Mon & Tues.She would be doing some Folk art pieces which they can choose from, a Decoy Santa, a Snowman and a Rabbit. It would be for all levels.

  • Bill Peoples - Gourds - Bill will be teaching "Gourd carving" on Tuesday doing a chip carving on a gourd workshop. Bill would supply everything that was needed but if the students could bring a #8 or #9, 3/8" or 1/4" gouge it would help but not be necessary.

    On Wednesday will be a "Fret Work Gourd" workshop. Bill would supply everything needed but would encourage any one with a Dremel, mini saw, a gourd saw, or something similar like the Micro Lux Mini Jig saw or the Proxxon Jig saw to bring it.

    Both workshops would be limited to a maximum of eight students.

  • Eva Hoefele - woodburning - - teaching Monday and Thursday. Beginner Woodworking class. It would be simple silhouette woodburning. The only skill required is having the ability to trace (so this could be appropriate for kids, too). Students would trace a pattern, transfer it onto the wood, then outline and shade it with the woodburning pen, and for one of the projects it would include painting, too. Attached are pictures of two separate projects: "Bear Friends" or "Home Sweet Home" on a plate; and "Painted Sunflower". Perhaps only one project will be taught each day so check with Eva.

    for larger image click here Eva will have enough materials to accomodate 6-8 people, if others have their own equipment more could join in, too. Additionally, for an evening, she could introduce kids to woodburning with small square ornaments click for larger image

  • Harold "Goody" Goodman - Santa Carving Canceled

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