Mark your calendar, make your campsite or room reservation, the date for the 18th Annual Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup is July 18 through 22. 2021. Keep checking the website for information as we get it.
The event will be at the Cherry Ridge Campsites. Contact them directly for reservations at 570-488-6654.
Class Information – Watch for updates
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 44 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 over 20 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 has taught for several years at the Roundup. Her past projects have been the quilted Christmas socking. Watch for updates to her class information.
George Basehore –George will be teaching on Monday and Tuesday. He will be doing a class on spoons. There will be a choice of useful blanks and also decorative blanks to choose.
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 website here . To date we have delivered more than eighty canes to Veterans of WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Gulf war.
Harold Kaltenbach – Bark Houses ” Harold will be teaching Monday through Thursday. He will have a variety of blanks to choose from. 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
Charles Brainard – Marquetry teaching all four days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.Max of 12 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.
You can purchase a project from kits I have available. Each kit will have everything you need and all tools and cutting mats will be provided.
I will demonstrate how to create a picture, the importance of what veneers to use and how to use the grain and color of the veneers in the art of Marquetry.
Charles started his Marquetry experience in 2008 when he joined the Garden State Marquetry Society in New Jersey. In 2014 he started teaching Marquetry at the Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup at Cherry Ridge Campsites.
Arland Zeiler – Beginner Woodcarving – Arland 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.
Joan Lech – Joan will be teaching on Monday through Thursday. Monday I will be teaching a snail to carve the body with half the class and Claudia Hill will teach the shell which will be out of a gourd then we will switch for the afternoon for the other half of the class. Tuesday I am teach a natural hummingbird which will be mounted on block of wood with some habitat. Wednesday I will teach dolphin or whales that are will be on barn wood to mount for hanging. Thursday will be anything I have left from those other days.
Claudia Hill – Claudia will be working with Joan on a snail project. Making the shell out of a gourd. She will also be teaching a Gourd project on Tuesday as a half day class. Students do not need any tools.
Mike Bloomquist – Mike will be teaching 4 days this year- Max 10 students each day. Monday and Tuesday – Will be the Green Man, carving a lot of leaves. 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. The remaining days will be his Flat Plane potpourri choice of projects. Check back for more information. So, this is my Mon-Tue class at the NEWR (15 days away). Bring your full carving arsenal for this one! Eight seats max and I’ll have that many basswood blanks and half that much in butternut. It’s gonna be fun!
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- Don will be available all four days. Stay tuned for class information. 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.
Ken Kuhar – Ken will be teaching three days this year. He will be teaching the Santa face on corner ornament two days and a caricature turtle from a bandsaw cutout one day. He will be able to accommodate 8-10 students each day.
Carl Milks – Carl will be teaching beginner chip carving. Chip carving is a technique of removing small pieces “chips” of wood to achieve a geometric design. While attending this class you will learn, wood grain direction and cutting techniques using a special Chip Carving knife. This class is scheduled for Wednesday morning and Thursday morning..
Carl is a member of Cherry Ridge Carvers and has been carving for several years. He has been doing chip carving during that time.
Jody Sebring – Jody will be joining us this year. He is planning on teaching 3 or 4 days this year. His project is from the Winter 2018 WCI, Curly Haired Kris Kringle. He will take 8 to 10 students each day. Assortment of palm tools and carving knife are all that’s needed. If you ask him, I’m sure he will loan you a tool for the class if its needed.
Jody lives in the Pocono Region where he along with his father developed an excellent reputation for their woodworking and carving skills. Jody has been woodcarving for many years and has published articles in woodcarving magazines.
Leon Standish – Leon will be our sharpener again this year. If your tools need a tune up bring them to Leon’s station.
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 1998.
Jen Nailor will be available for a non-carving class. It will be a one day class making an agate/pine needle bowl. She may also have an evening class using walnut slices. Anyone taking the pine needle class is asked to bring a small pair of scissors and nippers – wire cutters to trim off the pine needle ends if they have them.