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2017 Florida Roundup Class Descriptions

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Rosemary van Wandelen - Carving with Cotton Wood Bark One day classes on all 4 days

We will be showing off this beautiful wood in a different way, using only a knife and gouge. One day classes for a Square in a Square, Spiral Icicle Ornaments, Spoons, and Comfort Birds. We will have fun carving with this temperamental, but under used, easy to carve wood. Instruction Fee is $20 for the first day $10 each day returning. Blanks will range in price $5 - $15. 1 to 2 projects can be completed in one day.

Charley Phillips - Flowers ALL Charley's CLASSES CANCELLED!!! Charley has had a personal situation come up preventing her from traveling to FL this year

Chris Howard - Spirit Faces in Cottonwood Bark. One day classes offered on all 4 days. Chris will offer a unique selection of Spirit face projects in Cottonwood and will take his students step by step through the process of carving these spirit faces. Rough-outs will also be available for Chris' class. Chris will discuss basic anatomy of facial structure in simple to understand terms and methods. Instructional fee is $30 a day plus blanks ranging from $10 - $25

Linda Murphy - Angelfish One day classes, all days. All skill levels are welcome. Hand tools with woodburning. The cost will be $20.00 per day plus $25 for the Basswood blank, base and other materials needed. The students will leave with a completed project in one or two days depending upon skill level.

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We will be carving a Yellow Tang Fish approximately 4" x 5" with the completed project including habitat about 8 inches tall. You will need basic hand carving tools, sandpaper, carving glove, paint brushes, variable temperature wood burner and wood burning pen with replaceable tips. If you do not have the right wood burner pen shapes, Linda may be able to lend you the correct tips depending on your burner. Materials provided - Wood base, natural root habitat, metal "grass" inserts, metal mounting rod, acrylic paint & finishes. The Eyes are painted, then a gloss treatment is applied. Linda will provide quick drying aerosol sealers and finish coats (must always be sprayed and dried outside). Additional fish and kits will be available.

Linda has been carving and teaching for 23 years. She has taught at Mechanicsburg (PA) Art Center, the Northeast Woodcarver's Roundup, the Buckeye Woodcarver's Roundup, numerous weekend seminars and Tuesday Night carve-ins at the Conewago Carvers Club and weekly sessions at her own studio near East Berlin, PA.

Kevin Applegate - Caricature Fireman Bust or Bottle stopper Hand tools only will be used for either project.

Class features a Caricature Bust or Bottle stopper head of a Fireman which you may personalize, such as with facial hair or not and other adjustments to the roughout. Does NOT include painting. Kevin will supply all acyclic paints, bring your own brushes & paper towels. Hand tools will be used - loaners available. Kevin's instructional methodology is "step by step", everyone will complete with a carving they can be proud of. Cost for the 2 day class is $60 instructional fee which includes the roughout.

Kevin is a retired Palm Beach County Fire fighter with intimate knowledge of the fire fighter dress and insignias. He currently resides in GA.

Clancy Smith - Deep Relief Hand tools only will be used for all carvings. Blank costs will vary due to thickness. Deep relief carvings probably will not be completed in one day, but all essential information needed will be acquired to complete the carving outside the class. Cost is 35.00 the first day plus the cost of blank, pattern will be included. If you return the second day or more, the instruction cost is 10.00 per day. Your choice of pattern to carve depends on your carving experience and or time to spend on the carving. If you have a carving you want to complete, or something you want to do in place of what I offer, feel free to bring it and I'll help all I can.

After sending in your pre-registration to the Long Center, contact directly Clancy by 25 January at clancys2@bellsouth.net or phone at 321-230-5540(cell) with the project you want to do as he will have to make the blank specifically for you.

2017 project pictures not yet available but these 2016 Carving Projects are representative of Clancy's work:

Clancy has been carving full time since retiring in 1991 and has taught at the round up the past few years, as well as at various carving clubs around Florida. He also participates in carving shows and has won numerous awards. Clancy is available and can be contacted by email at clancys2@bellsouth.net or phone at 321.320.5540(cell)

Mary Weinheimer - Characters in Relief plus Soapstone Carving and Bark projects 1 day classes on all 4 days. In addition to her line of caricatures and pretty practical items and tools, Mary has a line of animal and human characters in relief. This includes pirates, a gibson girl, a skating frog, a pig, and a dog with dentures. New this year Mary is going to also teach bark in the round and night lights made out of bark or basswood. Most of Mary's classes can be done in a day.

Mary will also have soapstone for carving. Animals and pendants or ornaments that can be carved in a few hours!. Join her for a day, an evening or just for a few hours for some fun and exciting carving.

Instructional fee will be $20/day plus cost of the blank from $5.00 to $35.00 depending on project. Soapstone projects run from $7.00 to $15.00. She will have tools available to borrow for soapstone projects as well.

Mary will teach every day, and will have some tools available to loan to her students. She will also have roughouts, cutouts and tools available for purchase. Contact Mary at kat2359@yahoo.com with questions.

Ralph Rossignol - Spoons. one day classes taught on all 4 days. Some projects require 2 days so come back as many days as you need. Instructional fee is ?? per day and the blanks are ?? each. Typical plan sized hand tools will be used, Ralph has loaner tools available. Ralph is from the Leesburg, FL club. Contact Ralph at rossignolrpp@comcast.net or 352-385-0483 with questions - include your phone # in any email.

Jim O'Dea - Carving a "Santa Tree Hugger" and other projects Jim is teaching 1 day classes on all 4 days.

Carving the "Santa Tree Hugger", the "Peek-a-Boo Santa/Tree", "Frosty" the snowman ornament or any of his various blanks and Jim will help you with them, providing demo's throughout the day on carving eys, noses, mouths, etc. This is NOT step by step so arrive anytime and select from any of the 30+ face silhouettes, ornaments, etc. Instructional Fee is $20 for this class and includes a blank of your choice except Bellamy Eagle roughputs which are extra.

click image for larger view. click image for larger view. The "Peek-a-Boo Santa/Tree" is a full figure Christmas tree with a Santa face peering out the bottom portion of it. It measure about 2.3 inch by 2.3 inch by 10 inch high out of Basswood.

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Jim O'Dea lives in Rotonda West, FL. Jim has 42 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. Contact Jim at jeodea@aol.com with questions.

Steve Brown- Caricatures. One day classes offered on all 4 days. These classes fill up early, so pre-registration is recommended Steve Brown caricature carver/instructor from Florida will have 150 plus rough outs to choose from for your class project. Steve has been teaching caricature carving since 1986 and is a member of the Caricature carvers of America (CCA). He is the author of Carving Pen Figures and Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes. Cost is $25.00 per day/class plus cost of rough out. Roughout prices are $9.00-$65.00. To see more of his work and rough outs available visit his web site

Floyd Rhadigan - Caricatures. One day classes on all 4 days. These classes fill up early, so pre-registration is recommended Floyd has 43 years experience woodcarving and teaching for 38. 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 offers numerous blanks from which the student can pick and Floyd will provide guidance.

Floyd is the CCA Past President and has won numerous awards including the CCA Special Award in Dayton Ohio and 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 will be teaching every day of the roundup.

Instructional Fee is $25 FOR A FULL DAY + BLANK COST. He has many blanks available which range in price from $8 TO $35. 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 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. Contact Floyd at rhads134@comcast.net See several of his other carvings at his website here.

Leah Goddard - Realistic Animals and more - One day classes on all 4 days. These classes fill up early, so pre-registration is recommended Carve a realistic animal of choice. New this year is a Fawn. Students can also choose from a variety of animals including a raccoon, rabbit, squirrel, bear, mouse, beaver, whimsical book worm, gorilla and a "Kitten in a Mitten" Ornament . Using simple hand tools and a wood burner, students begin from a basswood rough-out learning the techniques used to create all realistic mammals or caricature. Close attention will be paid to detail, texturing and anatomy. Students are welcome to begin a project in one day to get a fundamental knowledge of the project and stay multiple days for further completion.

In addition to assisting those just starting or returning for further completion on Friday, Leah will provide painting assistance only on Friday, so if you have one of her projects completed and ready to paint, bring it for guidance on Friday.
Cost: $30 per day Rough-outs: $10.00 -$35.00

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Leah lives in TN and is a professional artist, author, and teacher. She has contributed to both Wood carving illustrated and Chip Chat magazines, and has authored her own book Carving Natures Rascals: Carving an Armadillo,Skunk,Mouse and Raccoon Leah has taught wood carving for over ten years.

Pete LeClair - Caricatures These classes fill up early, so pre-registration is recommended. Pete will be teaching 2 two day classes. Each class will be doing the same project - a bottle stopper caricature head. Pictures will be provided when available.
Tuesday and Wednesday : - Pete will teach a two day class carving a "Bottle Stopper Head " Pete has come up with a few new characters for this year such as that below so check back or sign up for the Roundup newsletter at the top of the page and get notified when the new character pictures are available. NO painting but CD with picture of project you get will have painting instructions. Instructional fee of $60 for this 2 day class, all materials provided. .

Thursday and Friday: - Pete will teach a two day class carving a bottle stopper head - this is a repeat of the above class. You can retake the class and carve a different character if you wish. Instructional fee of $60 for this 2 day class, all materials provided.

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


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" (Ramelson gouge); #7-1/2" (Harmen or 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 and 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

Carolyn Marek- Woodburning(Pyrography) and Low/Shallow Relief One day classes, all days. Relief woodcarving with woodburning for accents/details.

Fee per day is $30.00 including one piece of wood, basswood for carving and Baltic Birch plywood for woodburning, use of woodburner (if you don't have one), or bring your own woodburner, and a table light if available. Woodburners, heat-control units, water-color pastels, nylon brushes, tracing paper, graphite, sand erasers, V tools and Fish Tail gouges will be available for purchase. Questions? email Carolyn at bmarekcvr@gmail.com

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Relief carving is a traditional art; transfer designs onto wood, remove backgrounds, while making safe and efficient use of V and fishtail gouges. Major elements are carved 1/4/-1/2in. into the wood. Background details are added, then woodburned. Painting is done with water look-like acrylic paint, or possibly Water Color Pastels. Learn to think through the entire carving process, from design to completion, including visualizing overlapping elements, layering and making your design realistic. Today, in Low/Shallow Relief, woodburning helps highlight detail accents chosen for your project. It is a unique blend of artistic efforts.

Woodburning is also a traditional art; dating back to a time of using a magnifying glass and the sun, to a poker heated in a fire to achieve desired results. My preference is 'soft shading woodburning' as opposed to outlining. as it is superior to outlining, being more artistic. "Soft shading" is burning only on the top surface of the wood and a single edge razor blade in most instances will correct the error.

Low/shallow Relief woodcarving: the edges of one carved area slants down to the next intersecting level. The point between the areas can easily be seen. Low/Shallow Relief is a carving done indefinable layers and the entire surface has a shallow look to it. Projects: 1. Herring Gull, Shallow Relief carving with Woodburned details. 2. Black-Crowned Night Heron, Shallow Relief carving with woodburned details. 3. Oblong cutout with rope edge, pelican woodburning and seaside scene inside rope. 4. Arrow-head cutout; carved on edges/background for texture, then woodburned with wolves and feathers design. Woodburning only: 1. Country Treasures. Antique glass lamp and eyeglasses (woodburned to look like glass) book with braided bookmark, glass case, all shaded for realism.

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