Jack Miller – Jack will be teaching Monday through Wednesday, with the possibility for Thursday if the students are interested. He has decided on an exact class yet, but has been teaching smoothy shore birds for many years. Jack may also be teaching a free style Chip Carving Class as a tribute to Nick Sciortino. He will accept any level of student and will teach with a carving knife, A #9 pfiel gouge, and a set of mini gouges- in fact that’s really my entire toolbox. As usual I will have some basic tools for sale (the ones that I use). I think beginning and intermediate carvers would benefit most from my instruction. If students would like to paint their carving, they should bring a variety of brushes. I will supply the paint, and will also offer appropriate brushes for sale. As you may also remember I will probably bring a couple of other teaching subjects along.
I have been carving for 20 years and was one of the founders of the NEWR, along with George and Ann Reinfried. I specialize in carving birds, especially shorebirds, but also carve some caricatures, Santas, and other subjects. I love to begin designing and carving new subjects. I have taught classes in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. I most recently taught at the Florida Woodcarvers Roundup in Clearwater and at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.
Jim O’Dea – Jim will be teaching all four days this year. Jim has a large variety of projects available for the beginner to advanced. He will also be bringing his assortment of woodcarving items and tools for purchase. Additional class information will be provided as we get it.
Jim O’Dea has 42 years experience carving human caricatures, carousel horses, realistic freshwater fish, whales and many other subjects. During this period he has studied woodcarving with several master wood sculptors across the USA and Canada. Jim has taught woodcarving for 19 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 at the University of Rhode Island; the Florida Woodcarvers Roundup, Clearwater, FL; the Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience at Lake Placid, NY; the NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup in Honesdale, PA; The Michigan Woodcarvers Roundup at Evart, MI; the Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp,Bremen, IN; The Buckeye Woodcarvers roundup at Fletcher, 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. Jim lives in Rotonda West, FL and spends summers on Grand Island, NY. See Jim’s web site with useful information to those pursuing woodcarving as a hobby here.
Chris O’Dea - Chris will be teaching for two days. She will be teaching a quilted carving. Her interest in quilting has spilled over to her woodcarving. You will have an opportunity to work with Chris on this beautiful pattern and technique.
George Basehore –George will be teaching on 2 days only- check the schedule for the specific days when you arrive. He will be teaching a relief class one day and spoon class the other.
Member of the American National Cane Club, LancasterCounty Woodcarvers, WestShore Wood Carvers. Carving since 1997. George Basehore is 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.
Harold Kaltenbach – Bark Houses and Mushroom Houses” Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please bring all your tools, no tool to big or too small and have an open mind to think outside the box. Class size max 14. Carving gnome homes from single pieces of cottonwood bark and also double pieces of bark for advance carvers More about Harold at his web site
Jim Hiser – -Jim will be offering various Caricature projects . Maximum number of students per day 10. All level of carvers welcome. Jim Hiser – From Carlisle Pa. will be teaching various caricature projects on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Classes have a maximum of 10 students. All projects are done with a knife and palm gouges. Projects are designed as 1 day projects. Jim teaches several classes each year and attends various carving and art shows displaying his work. He is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America and likes promoting Caricature carving to new and experienced carvers.
Floyd Rhadigan - “Caricatures” - will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Max of 15 students. Caricature Carver with 40 years experience woodcarving and teaching for 37. 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 60+ roughouts 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 – a glove is a must!. 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 a past 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. Floyd will have his my new book – “Carving Soldier Caricatures” and rough outs for all the projects in the new book. See several of his other carvings at his website
Floyd has won numerous awards including Woodcarving Illustrated’s 2016 Wood Carver of the Year 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 . Floyd will be teaching every day of the roundup.
Bob Hershey- I’ll be teaching animal caricatures Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday class limited to 12. I have 6 roughouts to choose from including the bunny and my new fox with chicken. Most of the animals will take two days to complete but if you can plan for only one day to carve with me, that’s fine. Painting will be done on your own. Also have small project Christmas ornaments, glove with a mouse and a Santa fish. Knife and palm tools will be all you need.
Bob has been carving since 1982 and is a member of the Lancaster County Woodcarvers and the Conewago Carvers. He enters many local shows, Artistry in Wood, Dayton OH, International Congress, Maquoketa, IA and the CCA competition in Converse, IN. In 2016 he received 2nd BOS at the CCA and in 2017 BOS at the CCA Competition in Converse. Bob has won several other Best of Shows, is a regular contributor to WCI and frequently judges competitions.
Herlene Iobst Novak – Alpine Relief Carving teaching Monday thru Thursday – Alpine subjects are the main thing, but a student may choose his or her own subject, you will carve and paint your project, all materials furnished, all skill levels are accepted. Ten students are good, but sometimes we can squeeze in another. The class is at least a two day project. If you have tools, great, but there are always tools you can borrow. Students will also learn to paint their carvings. Paint and brushes are included. 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. 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.
Charles Brainard - Marquetry teaching all four days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Charles, a member of The Garden State Marquetry Society, will be giving a course on simple Marquetry. Marquetry is the art of using wood veneer to create a picture. Max of 14 students. In this course you will be learning the hinge method. You will select a print to work from, select the wood veneer and learn how to position the wood veneer to get the results you are looking for. Students should be able to complete their projects in the one day course. All tools needed will be provided to complete a project. Minimum age of students would be 15 because they would be using an Xacto knife and using it very close to their fingers.
Charles Brainard is a retired carpenter with 38 years experience. Charles started doing Marquetry in 2008 when he joined the Garden State Marquetry Society. He uses his knowledge of carpentry and applies them into his Marquetry. Charles has done presentations on how to do Marquetry at the Garden State Marquetry Society for the last several years. He has several different projects to work on for beginners to the more advanced. Tools and materials to do this class are provided. Kits are available.
Jim Sebring- This year, Jim will be teaching students how to make a three inch star Christmas tree ornament. He will provide blanks, and everything you’ll need to complete the star. The only tool you may need is a knife with a straight blade, and your carving glove. Project will not take a full day to complete, unless you plan on making more than one. He will be teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jim started carving in 1982 by taking a course at the county Vocational Technical school during evening adult course. Since then, he has taken courses with several CCA carvers, and others. Jim enjoys chip carving, and has revived Tramp Art carving in this century.
Dave Parker - Dave is offering two Santa Claus projects. One is from a rough-out of his own design – its not real complicated and is well suited for a novice or intermediate carver. One day of carving will give you a good start on this but you’ll probably have to finish it up at home. He will be teaching three days, Monday through Wednesday classes are limited to 10 participants. The second project is from a 12” turned spindle- this is a Mike Galloway design. This is kind of like a relief carving in the round. It’s a fun project for the novice or intermediate carver- it can be fairly simple or fairly complicated depending on your skill level, Should be a one day project. Neither of these projects is suitable for kids. We won’t be painting, but we’ll talk about the process. For tools, you’ll need a sharp knife, but a sharp V-tool and palm gouges will be a huge help. Don’t forget your carving glove and thumb guard. All wood and roughouts are from Heinecke.
Dave has been carving for 20 years and am presently President of the Arundel Carvers Club in Annapolis MD and past President of the Conewago Carvers in East Berlin, PA. He is also a member of the Lancaster County Woodcarvers and the West Shore Carvers. Over the years, I’ve gravitated toward carving Santas thanks to many classes with David Sabol and Phil & Vicki Bishop as well as other CCA members. Multiple classes with Bob Stadtlander and Wayne Barton have helped round out my carving education. I’ve taught previously at the NEWR and have taught classes in East Berlin and Annapolis. As a member of the adjunct faculty, I presently teach wood carving for Anne Arundel Community College. So far, none of my students have ever lost a major appendage due to a carving mishap in class.
Eva Hoefele - Woodburning Eva will teach Woodburning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In the Woodburning class, you will be using the one temperature woodburning pen (provided) that is easy to learn and handle. There are a variety of patterns to choose from, so there should be something to everybody’s liking. Some projects can be painted. Prices range from $20-$25. Class size is limited to 12 students per day. Eva will only be doing Leatherwork at the FALL CARVE-IN.
Arland Zeiler – Beginner Woodcarving - Arland and Carl will be teaching techniques for the beginning woodcarver. Students will be using a knife only. They will learn the characteristics of wood and different terms related to woodcarving. This is an excellent class for those that wish to learn woodcarving. Offered -Monday only.
Arland has been teaching beginning carving at the Roundup for many years. He also has been teaching beginning carving to Boy Scouts for more years than he can remember.
Julie Smith - Chip Carved Walking Stick and Trivet and look for some new patterns. I will be on teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The below are some of the designs on walking sticks and Trivits that I have done. Class size is limited to 8 to 10 students.
Each person will need a chip carving knife. I will supply the the ruler and pencil. You can purchase the blank for the walking stick and or trivet for the course. I am a chip carver who enjoys designing walking sticks and Trivets. I’ve been carving for 6 years. I’ve been instructing here at Cherry Ridge for the last 3 years.
Earl Smith - Earl will be teaching butter spoons and small spoons using basswood or butternut. Students will need a gouge, carving knife and sandpaper. He will be teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The class is limited to 5 people. Julie and Earl operate Smitty's Creative Designs in Gouldsboro. Check them out on Facebook.
Joan Lech - “Carving a Pelican Head or a Whale Tail" using golf club blank.” teaching Monday & Tuesday same project both days. Max of 8 students per day Class is $15.00 and includes blank, paint, eyes and all materials to complete the project in a day. Tools needed are knife and small gouges and bring paint brushes to paint .
Leon Standish will be available once again to sharpen your tools during the Roundup. Leon's experience in woodcarving and understanding tools has made him a valuable asset to the Roundup
Dennis Thornton - Dennis will be teaching Monday through Thursday. His project is a one day project. Baseball Player coming to bat. He will have additional projects if some have already carved it or if someone has a conflict with baseball. He will accommodate 10 students depending upon demand.
Dennis comes from Guilford NY. He has been active in woodcarving for over 15 years. He was inducted in the Caricature Carvers of America in 2000. He has held several offices with CCA and is the current President. He has been the featured carver on several Woodcarvers Cruises. You can find more information on Dennis and his carvings by visiting his website at www.splintersandsplatters.com.
Bud Miller - Bud will be teaching three days at this years Roundup. Monday and Wednesday is limited to 6 students. They will be carving a German Smoker. A knife and basic gouges are all that is needed for this project. This is not a beginner project, but anyone with experience carving should be able to do this. This project may take more than one day to carve but we can continue it in the evening or another day as time and class size permits. Tuesday is limited to 8 students. Carving various projects, your choice. Choices include; small figures, ornaments, hedgehogs, fridge buddies and cedar undie buddies. Any skill level and most of the carvings can be done with only a knife, but basic gouges might make work a bit easier.
I live in Lancaster County PA with my wife Diana and two of our three adult children, with one leaving and getting married this fall. We have one awesome granddaughter and her brother or sister will be joining us sometime in September. I have been carving off and on since 1993, but children and family life kept me too busy to carve until about 9 years ago. I love carving caricatures and anything related to Christmas. I have been teaching homeschool students for about the last 6 years or so and love seeing folks that think they could never do what I do, successfully carve their first hedgehog.
Maura Macaluso - Maura will be teaching for 3 days. She is planning on bringing back a favorite, the Haida art carving class. Haida is British Columbian native American art. She can take ten students a day and the cost will be $20.00. The class will require basic small and medium chisels and gouges. Beginners are welcome. Light mallets are welcome.
Mike BloomquistWood Spirits from Cottonwood Bark and Native American Style Flutes - Max 10 students. Monday -Wood Spirits from Cottonwood Bark – Skill Level: Intermediate – For many the most challenging aspect of woodcarving is carving the human face. Here is an opportunity to participate in a centuries old carving tradition, and pick up carving tips involving the face that are universal to other woodspirit carvings such as driftwood and walking staffs. Easy to remember rules of proportion and placement of features will be discussed and exercised, as well as the history and tradition of the woodspirit. Our carving medium will be easily carved Mid-Western (large) cottonwood bark, so as a bonus we’ll discuss the joys of this material, and where you can harvest your own in New York State. Cottonwood bark will be available for $15-$35 depending on size. Tools Required: Carving knife (fixed blade), V-tool – 3/8, Gouge – 3/8-1/2, 7-8 sweep, Gouge -, 2-3 sweep(almost flat) Tuesday and Wednesday (Two day class) Carving Native American Style Flutes from bamboo. Students will learn how to make a flute and by the end of the class have a playable musical instrument.
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.
Mary Weinheimer - Characters in Relief plus, Cottonwood Bark in the round and Soapstone Teaching all 4 days. In addition to her line of caricatures and pretty practical items and tools, Mary has added a line of characters in relief. This line includes animals and humans – pirates, a gibson girl, a skating frog, a pig, and a dog with dentures. 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.
Mary calls Ocala Florida home, but travels all over the country teaching woodcarving and selling tools.
Don Swartz- Will be teaching three days this year. I will be teaching the Santa on Monday, all day, class size is limited to 8 maximum and is not open to beginner carvers. The little whale is open to anyone who has done a little carving and will be taught on Tuesday AM and another class in the PM. The pelican is a repeat from last year and will be done on Wednesday AM and another class in the PM. All carvings are done from a bandsaw blank, not roughouts. Of course…..I will have some tools, books and wood along.
Don lives in Lancaster PA is the owner of Hillcrest Carving, a carving supply store located near Lancaster. Don has also had at least two instructional projects published in Woodcarving Illustrated magazine.
Bill Peoples - Carving with a U gouge– Decorate a gourd bowl using a u gouge to create an interesting pattern. Students new to carving and working with gourds are welcome. Supplies Provided by Instructor: All supplies and required tools will be provided by the instructor. Supplies Provided by Student: None, but if you would like to bring your own 3/8 inch #8 gouge, or something close, that is fine. Number of Students: Workshop will be limited to a maximum of 8. Date: Monday morning 9am– noon. Workshop will also be offered Wednesday 9am - noon
Claudia Hill - Claudia will be teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday. One project is a steampunk gourd bowl. The other is a gourd and leather necklace. She will supply everything for the bowl. The necklace requires a small shallow sweep gouge. She uses a 4mm #7 gouge. Students must use a glove.
Paul Thomas - Paul will be teaching again this year. He will be teaching two days. Check the board when you arrive.
Bob Muller - Bob will be teaching sharpening techniques. This is an hour long session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before the classes start. We will start with sharpening tools and then basic knife sharpening techniques. Then the following days will be gouges and the V-tool. We will identify common mistakes and problems with some of the tools. We ask that all beginners attend this class. Bob has been woodcarving since 1999