We are excited to share this listing of this year’s instructors for the 2022 Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup. The dates are July 17 through the 21st. This is our 20th year for hosting this event. We have several instructors selling tools as well as a dedicated tool sharpener.
Mark your calendar, make your campsite or room reservation, the date for the 20th Annual Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup is July 17 through 21. 2022. 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 45 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.
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 will also be offering classes in 2 different styles of letter openers one day and mouse cup hanger.
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, Wednesday and Thursday. She will be doing a Polar Bear project on Monday and on Wednesday and Thursday will be doing spoons with a feather or butterfly wing or a golf club Whale. Tools to have are a V tool, Gouge and knife. If you have a woodburner and your pens, which you will need for the butterfly wing spoon only. She would appreciate if since she will have only one burner with her. We will paint the spoon handles with milk paint so they will last a long time if you plan to use them.
Joan has been carving since 1988 and been teaching at the NEWR for the last 18 tears. Starting out with carving birds and has done many different carvings, but always seen to go back to birds in some way.
Claudia Hill - Claudia will be teaching on Tuesday. The project is a gemstone chip rim on a gourd. Participants will have a choice of colors. 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 Cottonwood Bark Woodspirits, Wednesday and Thursday will be Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving. 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. Thursday will be his Flat Plane potpourri choice of projects. Check back for more information. Bring your full carving arsenal for this one!
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. He will be teaching a class on walking sticks 52” long, as well as a Santa Whistle. He usually has some other projects that will interest carving enthusiast. 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. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. He will be teaching caricatures. He will be able to accommodate 8-10 students each day.
Ken began carving in 2006 and has been a familiar face at the NEWR for many years. He is a member of the Lancaster Woodcarvers Club and the Conewago Wood Carvers Club.
Jim Hiser – -Jim will be offering various Caricature projects . Maximum number of students per day 10. All level of carvers welcome. 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.
John Griscti – Chip Carving -Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday- Students will learn to identify the differences between various Chip carving knives, and what features are best for the beginner and advanced chip carver. Each student will learn the correct way to hold their knife and will then start carving several basic designs. Each student will then progress to more complex designs such as rosettes – Both advanced and beginner chip carvers are welcomed. There will be different projects to choose from. Pictures below are samples of John’s Chip Carving projects.
Jody Sebring - Jody will be joining us this year. He is planning on teaching 3 days this year. He will be teaching the spiral trees this year.
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 Relief Carving this year on all 4 days. There will be several projects to choose from. If someone has an idea for a project we can try to work it into a relief carving. Tools needed are gouges and v tools along with at least one knife. Mallet size tools work best for relief carving because of their length. Class size is limited to 9 people each day. Stay tuned for pictures.
Bob has been woodcarving since 1998. He has carved many different styles of carving including Cottonwood, Caricature, Animals and Relief.
Sharpening Class – Bob Muller will be teaching sharpening techniques. This is a 45 minute 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. She will be teaching Monday and Tuesday. These 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.
Linda Gilpin – Linda will be teaching Pyrography on a leather coaster. I recommend that anyone wanting to take the class should have their own unit with 2 pens – 1 for outlining such as Colwood FT-C or Razertip Standard Pen 9 and 1 for shading such as Colwood FT-J or MJ, FT-SRS or Razertip 2MC or 5MSP. The soldering iron type of burning pen is too hot to burn on leather. If you would like information on purchasing a Colwood Cub or Detailer or pens, you can contact Don Swartz at email@example.com.
Bill Hoban – Bill will be teaching Magic Wands. For all you Harry Potter fans this is your opportunity to make a little magic. This is a great beginners project.