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2017 Central Florida Roundup Class Descriptions

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Class reservation information is indicated in each individual class description. Be sure to reserve your spot so instructors have an idea how many blanks/roughout to bring. Those instructors coming from a long distance also need assurance they will have students. Check back the week before the roundup to see any cancellations or signup for the newsletter (top of page) to be notified.

Floyd Rhadigan - Caricatures. One day classes on all 4 days Floyd has 44 years experience woodcarving and teaching for 39. 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 NOT accepting pre-registrations - First come first served each day of the Roundup

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 [email protected] See several of his other carvings at his website here.

Leah Goddard - Realistic Animals and more - One day classes on all 4 days.

Leah's class is full on all days - email Leah at [email protected] with questions

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, "Kitten in a Mitten" Ornament and a "Mouse in a Sock" Ornament and a Puppy and a Opossum . 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 Thursday, Leah will provide painting assistance only on Thursday, so if you have one of her projects completed and ready to paint, bring it for guidance on Thursday.
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

Pete is accepting pre-registrations -email Jim O at [email protected] for a spot in Pete's classes.

Pete will be teaching 2 two day classes. Each class will be doing the same project - a bottle stopper caricature head.

Monday and Tuesday : - Pete will teach a two day class carving a "Bottle Stopper Head " He is doing the character "Tanner" as shown below on Monday and Tuesday NO painting but CD with picture of project you get will hav.e painting instructions. Instructional fee of $60 for this 2 day class, all materials provided. Knives and gouges used.


Wednesday and Thursday : - Pete will teach a two day class carving a "Bottle Stopper Head - He is doing the character "Jules" as shown below on Monday and Tuesday NO painting but CD with picture of project you get will hav.e painting instructions. Instructional fee of $60 for this 2 day class, all materials provided. Knives and gouges used.


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 & 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

Chris Howard - Spirit Faces in Cottonwood Bark. One day classes offered on all 4 days.

Chris is accepting pre-registrations - email Chris at [email protected] or better to call Chris at 423-237-2534 to save you a spot in the class 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

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.

Clancy is accepting pre-registrations to and including 23 Jaunary 2017 - contact him at [email protected] or phone at 321-230-5540(cell) If this class fills up before 23 January, this class description will indicate that. Please contact Clancy directly with which project you want to do as he will have to make the blank specifically for you.

Carving Projects offered this year are not yet available but last year included these:

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 [email protected] or phone at 321.320.5540(cell)

Jim O'Dea - Caving the Peek-a-boo Santa tree and other projects" Jim is teaching all 4 days, each day a different class.

Jim is accepting pre-registrations to and including 31 January 2016 - contact him at [email protected] If this class fills up before 31 January, this class description will indicate that.

All Days - Chose from the 25 various blanks Jim has and he will help you as needed. This is a 1 day class. This is NOT step by step so arrive anytime and select from face silhouettes, ornaments, etc. Instructional Fee is $20 for this class and includes a blank of your choice.

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Jim O'Dea lives in Rotonda West, FL. Jim has 41 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 [email protected] with questions.

Mary Weinheimer - Characters in Relief plus Soapstone Carving & 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. 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 is accepting pre-registrations up to and including 31 January 2016 - contact her at [email protected] If this class fills up before 31 January, this class description will indicate that.

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 [email protected] with questions.

Rosemary van Wandelen - Carving with Cotton Wood Bark One day classes on all 4 days Rosemary is accepting pre-registrations - call 386-479-1509 to save you a spot in the class

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 under used, easy to carve, temperamental, but beautiful to work with wood. The 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.

Ralph Rossignol - "Spoons". Class canceled all days Ralph has broken his leg so will not be coming to Roundup.

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

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