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A Gathering Of Woodcarvers 2006

Monday September 18 - Saturday September 23

The Carving Shop, Somonauk, IL


Activities start at 6:00 PM on Monday with a Social (Margarita Seminar) where there will be snacks and drinks while the instructors introduce themselves and give information about their seminars.

There will be about 15 instructors teaching about 60 seminars on woodcarving Many of these seminars are directed toward the beginner carver. They will include carving birds, decoys, relief, in-the-round, busts, bark carving, caricature carving, sharpening and much more. The seminars run 9 AM to 5 PM with an hour off for lunch, Tuesday and through Friday. Some seminars are half-day ($5 plus material), some full day ($10 plus material) and some are more than one day. All payment for seminars go to the instructors to help cover expenses.

To sign up for seminars students can ask the instructor at the beginning of the seminar if they have any room left or you may call Bob Mau (basswood@aol.com ) (630-556-4253) to reserve a space.

Camping is available on grass sites, for a cost of $10 per night ($5 for instructors). There is electricity and some water hook-ups available. Please reserve your site with Sandie Roosa (outdoor1@ulster.net ).

Motel rooms available at the Super 8 Motel in Yorkville (630-553-1634) about 10 miles from the GOW. Amerihost Inn (815) 895-4979 (about 22 miles) in Sycamore Illinois.

On your own for breakfast and lunch. Monday evening there are margaritas and spoon tacos. There is a Chili Dump on Tuesday night (bring some chili and dump it into a big pot) or $2 per person. Wednesday night is potluck. If you don't bring a plate to pass you can eat for $2 per person. Thursday night is on your own with a pizza place a few doors down or restaurants in the area. Friday night is hot dogs and chips around the campfire with music and song.

Tuesday evening Ol' Don Burgdorf is doing a talk on creating a likeness of someone in wood. Wednesday evening is the 'Blanket Trade' where you can swap your unused tools and supplies. Thursday evening is a power-carving demo with a tool sale. Friday evening we sit around the campfire singing and listening to music and stories. There is a whittling contest, doing cane segments, where the canes will be raffled off to help cover GOW expenses. You can pick up the blanks beginning Monday and must have them finished and back in Thursday evening at 9 PM..

Bring your carved, painted or burned ornament for the ornament exchange.

Middle September it is still warm during the day. However it gets cool at night so a sweater or jacket is recommended.

Instructors currently scheduled include (tentatively)

Your GOW hosts are, Joe and Sharon Dillett (food and facilities), Sandie Roosa (registration, camping and activities) and Bob Mau.(Seminar instructors and scheduling).

More info here http://www.thecarvingshop.com/gow_2006.htm

2006 International Carver's Conference

Chipping Away

Kitchener, ON

Instructors include:

Peter Bensen - Seminar - "Carving Something Special" & Hands on Class - Basic Relief Carving

WOM's 0wn Mike Bloomquist - Seminars "Flat Plane Santa Carving" and "How To Teach" & Hands on Class - "Carve A Swedish Troll"

WOM's own "Ol' Don" Burgdorf - Seminars "Creating A Caricature of Someone You Know" and "Getting Ideas and How To Create Original Patterns"

John Burke - Seminars "Wonder Of The Carving Chisel" and "Art of Creating Life" and Hands on Class - "Planes Of The Human Face"

Cheryl Dow - Seminar - Cheryl prographry demo's include any subject the people are interested in along with a steady dialogue of information and fun that always keep the crowd happy. Burning on paper, plywood, basswood, leather, gourds, tagua nuts, and so on.

Al Forler and Tim Forler - Seminars - "Making Wildfowl Habitat And It's Importance" and "Putting It All Together"

Chris Howard - Seminars - "Human Face Layout and Design" and "Facial Expression"

Eldon Humpreys - Hands on Class - "Carving Eyes in Caricatures"

Rick Jensen - Seminar - "Bark Carving Like Never Before" - Hands on Classs - "A Whimsical Cottage in Tree Bark"

Marv Kaisersatt - Seminars "Marv's Tricks and Tips" and "Design - Using Clay Models"

Jeff Krete - Seminar - "Carving Minature Decorative Wildfowl"

Pete LeClair - Seminar "Understanding and Carving The FAcial Planes For Caricature Carving"

Cam Merkle - Hands on Class - "Taking The Mystery Out Of Color"

Chipping Away President Dennis 'Pop" Moor - Seminar - "Chip Carving Made Easy"

Frank Russell - Seminars - "Using Power to Texture Fur, Hair and Feathers," "Eyes: Carving Eyes and Setting Glass Eyes," and "The Human Face."

More information and registration form at the Chipping Away web site HERE.

Tri-City Carvers (MI)

Wood Carving & Art Sale

Sunday September 24, 2006

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Bay Valley, Royal Troon Ballroom

For more information, visit the club web site HERE

10th Annual Woodcarvers Retreat in New England
Oct 6th- 9th 2006

W. Alton Jones Annex of the University of Rhode Island

401 Victory Highway West

Greenwich, Rhode Island 02817

The Retreat runs Friday night through Monday afternoon 4pm; 6,7, 8, 9 and 9 October 2006. (Columbus Day weekend.) Our objective is to provide a place where wood carvers from all over can gather to carve, socialize and improve their skills with room and board provided at affordable rates, a total of $190 for the weekend. The fact that you will witness first hand the "changing of the colors" of the New England woodlands is an added bonus. All instructors and organizing staff are volunteering their time for this event. All blanks needed for the classes can be purchased directly from the instructor at the start of the class. We will have 9 formal classes this year

Instructors in 2006 will include:

Frank Basch - In addition to the above classes, again this year we will have a group project - a Rams Head . We will be working as a group from a rough out which will require carving details of a Rams head with mallet and chisel (individuals may bring power tools if desired). This Rams head will be donated to the URI EEC which operates the facilities we will be staying in and will be displayed in the dinning hall, mounted to the stone fireplace. Those attending this workshop will be partially subsidized by URI and will only pay $40 for the weekend vice $190. Frank Basch has been professionally carving for over ten years, Frank offers a variety of sculptures, such as life sized moose, totem poles, wildlife, and custom projects, See www.baschmooseworks.com

For more info contact Co-Chairman Jim O'Dea 716-775-3437 jeodeaATaol.com or

Ray Johnson at 860- 848-8194, wcvrayATmyeastern.com

or visit our web site HERE