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3rd year of this event

The Central Florida Woodcarver's Roundup - Arcadia, FL

Classes starting on
Monday February 19th thru Thursday February 22, 2018.

Sponsored by the Peace River Woodcarvers Club
New Location in Arcadia - at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St., Arcadia, Fl.
Map to location click here

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Class descriptions for 2018 are NOT ready - to get an idea of possible classes, check out 2017 Classes here The new location is larger than the old location, so additional classes and more vendor items are possible.

General Information

The Central Florida Woodcarvers Roundup is sponsored by the Peace River Woodcarvers Club at the Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia, Fl. located at 1509 E. Oak St.

Jim O'Dea will be communicating to you via this web site and the YAHOO Group newsletter about the CFWR as the information becomes available. There is no "central" pre-registration for this Roundup. Each instructor decided for themselves to accept and track pre-registrations for their own class or not accept pre-registrations. If they accept pre-registrations their class descriptions indicates that and gives an email or phone # to do so. Jim will have no information on Pre-registration except to post on the web site which classes will have pre-registration and update those class as "FULL" or "Canceled" on the web site when notified by the instructor. Walk-ins are welcome in any class which is not full.

Any questions/comments about the specific class content or pre-registration please address them to the instructor directly. Personnel at the Calvary Baptist Church will NOT be able to answer ANY questions about the event as they are NOT involved other than renting the facility to the Peace River Woodcarvers Club.

The facility will open the doors at 7:30 for students on Monday and classes will start at 8:30. The instructors will need time to set up their displays so please give them time to do so before engaging them in conversation. On subsequent days the doors will also open at 07:30 am and class will start at 0:830. Everyone will be asked to leave the hall by 5pm and the doors will be locked for the night. You may leave whatever you want to in the hall at your own risk. Although the hall will be locked until 7:30am the next morning there will be NO other security for your "stuff".

For lunch it is anticipated that sandwich plates with soup or chips and drinks will be available for purchase. More info on lunches will be posted here a few weeks before the Roundup starts. You may bring your own lunch if you prefer.

Pre-registration will start for CFWR 2018 about 15 Dec 2017.

Those instructors that want to have pre-registration for their class have indicated that in their class description and provided their email address or phone #. You can send them an email or phone them requesting a spot in their class. They may or may not want to have you send a check for the instructional fee to them to reserve that spot, but if they do, they will notify you after you request a spot in the class. Many classes will have empty spots if you walk in put a few may fill up in advance.

The $8 a day facility fee will be collected directly from all students each day at your seat about 10am by a member of the Peace River Woodcarvers Club. Instructional fee's and material fee's are paid directly to the instructors. Very few instructors can process credit cards but checks and cash are good.

Hotels - If Jim finds a good deal for a "Woodcarvers Group Rate" at an Arcadia hotel, he will send out an email via the yahoo group newsletter as soon as possible. In mean time make a reservation somewhere that has a liberal cancellation policy. Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Lake Placid, FL are all about 1 hour or less away and have many hotels.

An RV place I have heard about is Little Willies and they look to be in the $33+ range. Ask about showers and activities such as bingo, shuffle board, cards and bean bag baseball. Distance to Church facility is approximately 5 miles. See their web site here
If you find a park is full or find a park with open spaces, let Jim know so he can add that info to this web site - email jeodea@aol.com

Let Jim know your favorite Restaurant in the area and he will post it here:

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  • Florida Woodcarving Clubs (with a web site if available)

    • Seminole Suncoast Woodcarving club Seminole Recreation Center 9100 113th Street N, Seminole, FL. The Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex is an active park setting located across from Seminole City Hall and adjacent to the Seminole Community Library. Wood carvers meet on Tuesday 8:30 AM till 11:00 AM For info about this locationclick here. For a map to this location click here.
    • Tampa - SunCoast Carving Club at the Carrollwood Culture Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa, FL 33618. We carve every Friday, 1 - 3pm and beginner classes same day/time at the center. For directions or info contact: 813-908-1825 wittlerjack@gmail.com For more info CLICK HERE. For a map to this location click here.

    • New Port Richey.- Calusa Wood Carvers club in New Port Richey 1st Monday of each month 7PM at Elfers Senior Center, 4146 Barker Dr., New Port Richey, 34652 Contact Dave Gourley at dave43@tampabay.rr.com
      For location click here. For more information on the Calusa Wood Carvers click here.

    • Port Orange: Friends of Carving Club: This club meets from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday at the Port Orange Adult Center Annex, off of U.S. 1, at 3738 Halifax Drive, Port Orange, FL 32129.. For the club web site click here. For a map to this location click here.
    • Lakeland Ridge Wood Carvers Club - Lakeland, FL. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of each month carvers gather to carve, share their techniques, and socialize. People come and go between the hours of 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. 1st Tuesday each month the business meeting is held, carving is limited to 2:00 PM until 6:30 PM when the business meeting starts. Florida Presbyterian Homes, McArthur Center, 811 South Lakeside Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815 For a map to this location click here.
    • Deltona Delton Woodcarvers Club Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 12:00 pm(Noon) till 3:00 pm at 1649 Providence Blvd. Deltona, Florida (in the Deltona United Church of Christ meeting hall).
    • Homosassa - Nature Coast Woodcarving Club Monday Carving Session from 12:00 to 4:00 PM Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 201 1855 S. Suncoast Blvd. (Hwy 19)Tuesday Carving Session From 1:00 to 3:00 PM East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Highway(Hwy 44 East of Inverness, 4 miles East of Hwy 41)Thursday Carving Session from 1:00 to 3:00 Pm Central Citrus Community Center, 32894 Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto(1st left on Hwy 491 after the intersection of Hwys 486 & 491)Monthly Business Meeting at Lakes Region Library 1511 Druid Road, Inverness the First Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
    • Pensacola - FLORA -BAMA CUT UPS Woodcarving Club FLORA -BAMA CUT UPS Woodcarving Club web site

    • Sun City Center Woodcarving Club located at Sun City Center, Florida on Rte. 674 near Ruskin, Florida - just a few miles off I-75 between Tampa and Sarasota. We are in a 55 or older community and members from outside our local can become members under certain qualifications. Our present contact is Fred Joest, secretary and can be contacted at: phone (813) 634-6832 or email: fjoest@gmail.com. For general Sun City info and local maps href="http://www.suncitycenter.org/facilities/campus-maps.html">click here.

    • Palmetto - Manatee Woodcarver Club - 1st United Methodist, 330 11th Ave W & 4th St., Palmetto,FL 34221. Monday - 8:30- 12 Noon, everyone is welcome. Contact is Bernie Huizenga 941-723-2188 huizengak@gmail.com . For a map to there location click here.
    • Sarasota area - Gulf Coast Woodcarvers Guild members and non-members carve at several locations in Sarasota area. The Guild holds business meetings on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Boy's and Girl's Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. For a map to that location click here.For a membership application click here. Contact Bette Lou Cookson blcookson@verizon.net for more info about the Guild.
      • Monday - 6:30 pm-8:30 pm - Bee Ridge Baptist Church (from Jan.), 4210 Proctor Road, Sarasota
      • Tuesday - 8 to 11 am Woodcarvers of Bay Indies, Venice -President Ron Johnsen, info call 484-6680
      • Tuesday - 9:30am to Noon - Sarasota Sr. Friendship Ctr. Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota. Contact: Carl Bordner - 941-365-4252
      • Tuesday - 1 pm to 3 pm - Bee Ridge Baptist Church, 4210 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, contact Ed Orr 378-8310.
      • Tuesday - 8am - 3pm, Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota. (starts 10/13)Contact: Johnie Newcomb - 941-388-8675.
      • Wednesday - 8am - till??, Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota. (starts 10/13)Contact: Johnie Newcomb - 941-388-8675.
      • Wednesday - 6pm to 9pm , Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota. ( Contact: Johnie Newcomb - 941-388-8675.
      • Thursday - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Bee Ridge Baptist Church, Sarasota, 4210 Proctor Rd .Contact: Charles Peters - 371-2465

    • Venice Woodcarving- Senior Friendship Center 2350 Scenic Drive (off Shamrock Blvd) on Tuesday morning 9am-12 Noon. For info 941-493-3065 For a map click here.

    • Tallahassee Capitol City Carvers Club Meetings are held weekly on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tallahassee Senior Citizens Center 1400 N. Monroe St.
    • Jacksonville Northeast Florida Woodcarvers Guild - The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Boy Scout Hut at Christ The King Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
    • Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast Woodcarvers - Walton Community Center, 11090 Ridge Avenue (located on Harris Street and Ridge), in Port Saint Lucie. Meet Tuesday from 8:00AM to 12 Noon,also meet Saturday from 8:00am to Noon. For info to this location click here. For a map to this location click here.
    • Boynton Beach, FL - Boynton Beach Woodcarving Club Boynton Beach Senior Center on Fridays from 8AM to 1PM. Our active members range between 15 in the summer months and 35 the rest of the year. I (as acting president) manage the program on a volunteer basis along with my 5 carving member board of advisors (one of whom acts as treasurer). Each person who carves during each Friday is charged a $2.00 clean-up fee by the City. This year, we received a small annual budget from the Department of Recreation, which we spent on wood, start up tools and supplies for new novice carvers, and equipment and reference/teaching materials for use of the general membership. All carvers must purchase a membership to the BB Sr. Center in order to participate. We promote the art of woodcarving at the annual bird migration day celebration held each Fall at the Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach. It is highly regarded as a world class wild fowl sanctuary and a bird photographer's dream. We also participate in other public/charity events on request. We have a mix of hand and power carvers who are experienced for the most part. Entry at woodcarving shows is encouraged. Several members are/were artists by occupation. We have several woman carvers as members. We have a library of patterns covering a variety of subjects. Call Gene Berman (carverman15@comcast.net - 561.715.4290) if you need more info.

    • Pompano Beach/Deerfield Beach Area: access to some wood, a HUGE library of patterns, loaner books and tapes, and cut outs. Contact: Lindy - lindysworkshop@bellsouth.net 954-783-2178. NE Focal Point Senior Center Woodcarvers: Tuesday 9 - 12 noon & Thursday 9 am to noon: 227 Northwest 2nd Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33441-1923 (954) 480-4449. For a map to this location click here
    • Sunrise, Broward County - Sunrise Woodcarvers - Carves every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of Sunrise Senior Center, 10650 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, 33351, next to City Hall. All skills are welcome and there is an instructor for beginning carvers, with various carving kits and many loaner carving books available. For more information please contact: Jim Harris: harr4832@bellsouth.net or (954) 236-4576. Map to location click here.
    • Miami - South Florida Woodcarvers Club -Meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Room 67, South Miami Middle School, 6750 S.W. 60th Street, South Miami, Florida. For a map to this location click here. Beginners and experienced wood carvers welcome. Instruction and carving supplies are available. For more information, please contact Katy Dunn at KDBearsetc@aol.com or (305) 443-5947 .

    • Punta Gorda - Charlotte County Woodcarvers Club - Tuesday mornings - at Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Map to the club facility

    • Eljobean (Port Charlotte/ Englewood area) - Myakka River Woodcarvers Club and the Harbor Lakes Woodcarvers Club - These two clubs a meet jointly on Monday morning from 8am-11:30am at the main community center building of the Harbor Lakes Encore RV Park on Rt 776 in ElJobean. For GPS users address is 3737 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL - (941) 624-4511 Click here for a Map
    • North Port Woodcarvers Club This club meets on Monday afternoons from 12:00 - 3pm at the VFW post in North Port on Pan American Blvd and corner with Trott Circle. map to the VFW address for GPS users - 4860 Trott Circle, North Port, FL Contact: Ron Gauthier 941-2578480 ronaldgauthiert@comcast.net
    • Englewood Woodcarvers - Presbyterian Church on 405 Old McCall Rd, Englewood Fridays 12pm -3 pm
      for a map click here.
    • Port Charlotte - Cultural Center of Charlotte County Woodcarvers - 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, meet Wednesday mornings, the center also has woodcarving classes taught by George Stewart on various weekdays, click here and look under the winter or spring season and then "Special arts and Woodworking" classes

    • Arcadia - Peace River Woodcarvers Club meets every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church 304 W Oak St, Arcadia, FL 34266 starting,the first Tuesday in November until last Tuesday in March. Club web site is here

    • Highlands Woodcarvers Club in Sebring, Fl. Contact Eric Maron (863) 273-6136
    • Meeting location is 825 Sunbird Terrace Sebring Florida 33872. To see more about the club visit there web site click here. For a map of this location click here.

    • Lake Placid Woodcarvers In Lake Placid, FL
    • The Lake Placid Wood Carvers meet on Thursdays throughout the year at the Lake Placid Art League Cultural Arts Building at 127 Dall Hall Boulevard in Lake Placid from 9:00AM until approximately 2:00PM. contact Dan Daszek at (863) 465-5510, or Bill Snyder at (863) 699-2665. More info -click here. For a map to the location - click here.

    • FT Myers Caloosa Carvers- FT Myers The Salvation Army Community Center, 10291 McGregor Blvd (1 1/2 South of Colonial Blvd), Fort Myers, Florida 33919 Meets every Wednesday morning from 8:30 until noon. For a map to this location click here.
    • Estero - Bonita Woodcarvers Club - Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero,FL 33928 - Wednesday 1pm to 3pm all year - From Corkscrew Road one mile east of U.S. 41, turn south onto Corkscrew Palms Boulevard- Fron I-75 take exit 123 and then west on Corkscrew Road -, contact 823-5688, 498-6394 or 498-0415. For a map to this location click here.
    • Ft. Myers Beach - Indian Creek RV and MHO Park - 17340 San Carlos Blvd.(1 1/2 blocks south of Summerlin Rd Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 - Thursday and Friday 9 to 12 noon. For a map to this location click here for a map within the park click here.
    • Contact me if you want to more know about where and when these groups meet and I will put you in touch with their current officers. This is a work in progress so if you know more about these or any other clubs, please email Jim O'Dea the info.

    To have your club listed here contact Jim O'Dea jeodea@aol.com