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Winter & Spring Classes

The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, IA

Classes begin early January and continue through late May. Instructors include Bob Guge, Josh Guge, Gary Wirtz, Helli Myer, harley Refsal, Kirt Curtis, marty Dolphens, and John Engler.

These classes fill quickly, so don't wait. Info and registration form HERE

Florida Woodcarvers Roundup

Last Week of March, 2011

Zephryhills, FL

Four days of woodcarving classes, 20+ classes going at once, held in Zephryhills, FL the last week of March each year. See for details. On -site meals available, group rates at motels nearby, nearby Rv Parks and State Park.

13th Annual Wood Carvers Roundup

June 8-11, 2011

Held at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart, Michigan

Camping, free workshops, lots more

More information HERE

Carving Classes at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
523 W. Water St.
Decorah, IA 52101

Hans Sandom - June 6-10 and June 13-17; Beginning/Intermediate Acanthus Carving

Dick Enstad - July 16-20; Tankard in Stave Construction

Kjetel “KJ” Groven - July 23-27; Woodworking

Harley Refsal - July 23-27; Carving Little Whittles

Harley Refsal - September 9-11; Scandinavain-Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

Harley Refsal - November 4-6; Holiday Figure Carving

Ron Poast - September 26-30 and another week in the spring of 2012; Violin or Hardanger Fiddle Making

For more info click HERE

Creative Woodcarving Seminar ‘11

June 12-17, 2011

Evart, Mi.

More information HERE

30th Annual Woodcarver's Day

Mystic, CT

(Olde Mistick Village, Apple Orchard)

Saturday July 9th - 9:30am-4pm. Rain date July 10th.

Free admission- Plenty of Demonstrations - Cash Prizes for Competition
Contact Warren J. Blessing Jr. 309 Woodbridge Rd.,
Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-3253 or warren AT

NorthEast Woodcarvers Roundup

3rd or 4th Week of July 2011

Cherry Ridge Lodging and Campgrounds, Honesdale,PA

Four days of woodcarving classes, 20+ classes going at once, held at the Cherry Ridge Lodging and Campgrounds, Honesdale,PA the 3rd or 4th week of July each year. On site meals, rooms and campsites available.

More info HERE

Burke's 20th Annual Western & Wildlife Art Workshop

July 17-22, 2011

Doane College, Crete, Nebraska

Woodcarving & Sculpting; join us with some of the Top Artist Instructors, Special Free Student Drawing. Programs for non-carvers. Please come and join Janet Denton Cordell, Kurt Curtis, Vic Hood, Adina Denton Huckins, Rick Jensen, Pat Moore, Robert Stadtlander, Rick Harney, Terry Brasher Jeff Phares, & Dave Stetson

Contact Warren J. Blessing Jr., 309 Woodbridge Rd. Coventry, CT 06238 or email to warren AT or call 860-742-3253 or contact Nancy Burke AT ww12618 AT or call her at 402-623-4292

More info, Application & Brochure available HERE

2011 Minnesota Carv-Fest

August 11, 12 & 13, 2011

Faribault, MN

Carv-Fest 2011 features an outstanding lineup of instructors and events for all skill levels of woodcarvers. Our 20 instructors include: Harley Refsal (figures), Marv Kaisersatt (caricatures), Floyd Rhadigan (caricatures), Steve Brown (caricatures), Ev Ellenwood (beginning/eyes/sharpening), Chris Howard (realistic), Leah Goddard (animals), Joe Dillett (drawing/clay), Tony Erickson (bark house lamp), Dennis Schuster (bark houses), Mary Weinheimer (whittling), Jack Miller (shorebirds), Bob Lawrence (bison/native American), Marty Dolphens (figures/santa/bark), Gen Jansen (oak leaf faces/bark/Alice Spadgenski (relief), Loren Woodard (relief/facial features/spirits), Dick Zawacki (loon), Russ Scott (santas), Tami Oachs (clay) & Nicole Volk (print blocks).

Special events include a Wednesday evening pre-fest presentation by featured carver and author Harley Refsal (Scandinavian Style Woodcarving) and a special display of all the carvings from his new book due out in May of 2011. Other events include a trader's blanket, carving contest, free beginner mini-sessions, music jam and an auction of donated carvings and merchandise with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society ... highlighted by a rare Marv Kaisersatt original! Carv-fest features 1-day classes on a variety of subjects for all skill levels. The 3-day festival allows carvers to take multiple classes from multiple instructors at a great price ... all in one place.

On-site camping is available and there will be plenty of vendors selling products including: Carving Magazine, Stubai Tools, The Woodcraft Shop (Big Dog), John Krantz Wood Sales, John Dunkle Knives and others.

For more info click HERE or call Chris @ 507-339-0336 or chris AT

The Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience
16, 17, 18 September 2011
with a second session
20, 21, 22 September

Northwoods Inn, Lake Placid , NY

Session 1 instructors include Eldon Humphreys, Carl Borst, Pete LeClair and Jim O'Dea; Session 2 instructors include Leah Goddard and Chris Howard, Ross Oar, Barbara Mann, Tony Erickson, Sally and David Nye and Jim O'Dea

More information HERE

Woodcarvers Retreat in New England

October 7-10, 2011

W. Alton Jones Campus of the University of Rhode Island

Sponsored by the Mystic Carvers Club, Mystic, CT.

Program details and more information HERE

Woodcarving Magic Show and Sale

Saturday November 5, 2011

Franklin Parks and Recreation Bldg

Franklin, IN.

This show is presented jointly by Circle City Carvers, Indianapolis, IN; Hoosier Woodcarvers, Columbus, IN; Franklin Woodcarvers, Franklin, IN and the Franklin Parks and Recreation Dept. There will be demonstrations, door prizes, whittling contest, fun and fellowship. No admission charge. Contact person is:

Larry Carter
5015 Flintwood Circle
Columbus, IN 47203
Phone: 812-372-1956
larrycarter1215 AT

Northwest Carvers Assn. 31st Annual Juried Show & Sale

November 12th & 13th, 2011 Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Western Washington Fairgrounds 9th & Meridian, Puyallup, WA at the Red Gate, Food Court Building

Demonstrations, seminars, auction, raffles, banquet, with Ribbon and cash awards. $7.00 per day (Children under 12 - $1 extra per family)

For more info click HERE

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