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15th Annual

Southeastern Woodcarving School

SPONSORED BY P.M.CHIPPERS, INC.

The Prattville / Montgomery (P.M.) Chippers Inc. Woodcarving Club is proud to sponsor the Fifteenth Annual Southeastern Woodcarving School (SWS) on July 14 through 16, 2000 at Hooper Academy, Hope Hull, AL. The facility is at exit 164 off I-65 (5.5 miles south from the South Blvd. in Montgomery.

General Information

Area Lodging

Area Addresses

Carving Classes

Craft Classes

School Schedule

Costs

Registration

Raffle

Display Tables

Vendor Sales Area

Mini-Classes

School Schedule:
All classes are three days in length, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2000, and ending at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2000. During the initial class meeting the instructors will set the class hours. The classrooms are available Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

On-site registration / check in starts at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2000 in the gym (first large building as you enter the campus). A "release from liability" form for the P.M. Chippers, Inc. Woodcarving Club, the Southeastern Woodcarving School and Hooper Academy must be signed by all students at check-in. A new attendee orientation is in the auditorium, across the road from the gym at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2000. Classes will be held in the main building and in the gym. The West Parking Lot is the most convenient to the main building and classrooms. All meals and refreshment breaks are in the cafeteria, same building as the gym. The vendor sales tables, display tables and P.M. Chipper tables are in the gym.

Costs:
A fee of $180.00 is charged to all woodcarving students and $90.00 for all craft students. The fee includes class instruction, three breakfasts, three lunches and five refreshment breaks. No evening meals will be provided. No sleeping facilities are available on campus.

Registration:
Please review the list of classes and the instructors that are available. Note the level of experience and the tools needed for each class. The cost of blanks and other materials provided by the instructor is payable to the individual instructor and is not included in the class fees. The number of students in a class is limited by the instructor and size of rooms. Therefore, each applicant should choose three classes and list them in order of preference. If a class limit is reached, SWS reserves the right to place an applicant in his/her next choice, unless you specifically indicate on the application that you do not want a second or third choice. SWS will place you on a waiting list for your first choice and notify you if it becomes available before the beginning of the school. SWS will hold your money pending an opening in a class or the school itself, unless you state otherwise.

Applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis (based on postmark) and must be accompanied by the correct fees.

To receive an application or to be placed on our mailing list, send your name and snail-mail address to:

Southeastern Woodcarving School
54 Dalraida Road PMB 153
Montgomery, AL 36109

OR: email - SWS@PMChippers.org

Raffle:
A raffle for "goodies and stuff" will be held Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Separate drawings will be held for a variety of items, including carving and craft supplies as well as general items not unique to carving or crafts. Tickets will be available from the P. M. Chippers table in the gym throughout the school. Please plan on attending the raffle Saturday afternoon. Please note: You must be present to win!

Display Tables:
There will be exhibit tables available in the gym for all who attend. Please bring a favorite item that you would like to display. Identify each item with your name and hometown; the type of material(s) used (i.e., type of wood, resin, etc.); school or class where the item was created, or personal project; and any other information that you think would make the item more interesting to the viewers. Sample identification forms will be available at the registration table for your convenience.

Vendor Sales Area:
In the gym, an area has been set aside for visiting vendors to show and sell their wares. If you need carving tools, books or other accessories, you will have the opportunity to purchase the needed items. Each vendor present is also an instructor in the school, so please be generous with your support. The vendors will generally be open before class each morning, during breaks and lunch and after class in the evening. Tool sharpening and general consultation is also available.

Mini-Classes:
Mini-classes will be held in the evenings between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm, each day. These classes will be on a first come - first served basis. Tickets will be required to attend a mini-class. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for each ticket, limit of one ticket per person per day (in other words, more than one ticket cannot be purchased for a specific class). Students will need to purchase any blanks and/or supplies from the instructors the night of the class. The actual classes are still being lined up, a complete list will be available at registration.

 

Camping

Hotels & Motels

AREA LODGING:

The following information is provided as a service, P M Chippers and Southeastern Woodcarving School does not recommend or endorse any listing and cannot be held accountable for errors, misrepresentations or out of date information.

CAMPING:

KOA KAMPGROUND:

250 Fischer Rd. Hope Hull, AL (334) 288-0728
Rt. 1, Box 154 Hope Hull, AL 36043 (Exit 164 off I-65 on Fischer Rd., 1/4 mile from Hooper Academy.)
Drive through, full hook up sites, pool and store are available; but credit cards are not accepted.

HOTELS AND MOTELS:

A list of area hotels and motels will be provided, upon request, with class confirmation. Please check the appropriate area on the class registration form.

OTHER AREA ADDRESSES:

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

P. O. Box 79
Montgomery, AL 36101-0079
(334) 240-9455

Montgomery Visitors Center

401 Madison Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36101-0079
(334) 262-0013

Online Montgomery


CARVING CLASSES

Carole Jean Boyd
Santa Head in Cypress

Steve Brown
Caricature Carving

Allen Carmichael
Realistic Horse Head

Nancy Crippen
Realistic River Otter

Michael & Judy Denton
Silent Nights, Southern Nights

Carol Happley
Carving an American Tree Sparrow

Carlan Honaker
Sculpting in Clay

Riley Monroe
Realistic Songbird - Goldfinch

George Nelson
Saw Whet Owl / Blue Gill

Larry Nowell
Brown Pelican

Mac Proffitt
Carving a Hillbilly

Red Rainey
Low Relief & Chip Carving

Jim Rives
Carving a Happy Pirate Bust

Larry Rogers
Civil War Bust

Steve Schoolar
Portraits in Relief

 

Cecil Walley
Realistic White Tail Deer Bust

Randy Walters
Deep Relief

Jim Wilsford
Realistic Animal - White Tail Deer

 


Santa Head in Cypress - Carole Jean Boyd

Students will learn to carve a Santa head on a cypress knee. The blank will consist of a cypress knee "split in half" and turned upside down, the top of the knee will become Santa's beard! These will make great wall decorations. Carole Jean is a veteran carver and teacher, having taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the SWS. She has won competitions in shows throughout the Southeast.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks will be provided for a cost of $15.00. Instructor will provide the paint.
Tools/Supplies Required: Power tools, knives, gouges, paintbrushes and acrylic paints. Hair dryer for drying paint will be helpful. Paintbrushes in various sizes to include flat, round, and liners.
Power tools: Recommended. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Caricature Carving - Steve Brown

Learn how to carve caricature faces and expressions, then turn your talents to carving some of Steve's chain pulls, pen figures or choose another subject from his many rough-outs. Lots of roughouts to chose from, or students may bring a project of their own. Steve will provide individualized one on one instruction to each student. Plan to complete at least two projects in this class. This is Steve's third year at SWS and comes from Madisonville, KY.
Blanks/Supplies: A variety of roughouts costing from $2.00 to $30.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Knife and assortment of palm tools and gouges.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Realistic Horse Head - Allen Carmichael

Allen will teach how to carve realistic horse heads, in bust style. This class will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to carve a horse's head. The carving will be finished with a "clear" oil finish to accentuate the wood. Allen is a long time member of the P M Chippers club.
Blanks/Supplies: Instructor will provide a blank and will furnish the finishing materials. Paint brushes will be available, but students may wish to bring their own brushes. Blanks will be $20.00 each.
Tools/Supplies Required: Power tools will be allowed with use of a dust collection system. Students should also bring a good knife and palm tools.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Realistic River Otter - Nancy Crippen

Nancy will teach how to carve a realistic river otter. This class will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to carve a realistic animal. Nancy is a long time member of the P M Chippers club and frequent SWS instructor.
Blanks/Supplies: Instructor will provide a blank and will furnish paint. Paintbrushes will be furnished, but students may bring their own brushes. Blanks will be $10.00 each..
Tools/Supplies Required: Students should bring a good knife and palm tools. A wood burner and paint brushes (#2, 4, 8, and detail) are also recommended.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Silent Nights, Southern Nights - Michael & Judy Denton

It is never too early to begin thinking about Christmas.. Using only a carving knife the carver will complete a 4-inch or 6-inch Sleepy Time Santa and a tree ornament. Basic whittling, project layout, and project finishing techniques will be used by the carver. Carvers are instructed to bring both a favorite ornament to add to the ornament exchange, including pattern and a finished version. Students will also explore southern Christmas legends and lore. Michael and Judy are returning for their third year and come to us from Mountain Star Studios in Roanoke, Virginia. Email: MTN-STAR@juno.com. To view pictures of the class projects, visit URL: http://members.tripod.com/MTN_STAR, click on the SWS2000 button.
Blanks/Supplies: Carving blanks for class project, carver's goodie bag, protective thumb guards, finishing supplies, project instructions and handouts and resource list will be provided by instructor for a cost of $25.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Sharp carving knife, six-inch ruler, pencils and strop. Small "V" or "U" gouges, paints and brushes and swing arm lamp for additional lighting are optional.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Class Limit: 10.

Carving an American Tree Sparrow - Carol Happley

Students will learn to carve a realistic American Tree Sparrow, with stress on anatomical accuracy. If time allows, students will also paint the finished bird. There may be evening "homework" required. Carol competes all over the U.S. and has won many awards for both fish and birds. She has been teaching for the past ten years and has taught at the Minnesota Villa Maria Woodcarving Workshops and the War Eagle seminars in Arkansas, as well as private studies in her home.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks and eyes will be provided for a cost of $20.00. Instructor will have bases, paint and some paint brushes available for sale.
Tools/Supplies Required: Power tools with dust collector, knives, gouges, wood burner with tips, paintbrushes and acrylic paints. Hair dryer for drying paint will be helpful. Paintbrushes in various sizes. Wood burner is a necessity. Paint palette, water spritzer and reference for tree sparrow will be helpful.
Power tools: Recommended. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Sculpting in Clay - Carlan Honaker

Carlan will teach how to sculpt a potential carving in clay. Students can bring a picture of what they want to sculpt or the instructor will have samples. Students will also learn how to transfer the figure from the clay sculpture to wood for carving. Carlan is a veteran of the Southeastern Woodcarving School.
Blanks/Supplies: Clay and armature will be provided for a cost of $45.00. Students must use instructor's clay.
Tools/Supplies Required: Instructor will teach students how to make tools from ordinary kitchen utensils. Students should bring kitchen knives and spoons and an old dull paring knife if available. Students may want to bring a stool to sit on.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Realistic Songbird - Goldfinch - Riley Monroe

Students will learn to carve, texture and burn feathers, and paint a realistic Goldfinch. This will be accomplished from classroom instruction and knowledge gained from field study, research material, photos and sketches. A systematic approach to carving will be stressed. To complete the project, work during the evening hours may be required. This is Riley's first year with SWS. Riley has been carving wildfowl for the past 8 years where he strives to bring out the realism of the subject. He has won numerous awards in competition at regional shows and the Ward World Championship Wildfowl carving competition. He has studied under Bob Guge, Rosalyn Daisy and Carl and Regan Danos.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks, eyes, feet and paint will be provided for a cost of $20.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Power tools with dust collector, knives, gouges, wood burner with tips. Paint palette, water spritzer and paintbrushes in various sizes. Hair dryer for drying paint will be helpful.
Power tools: Required. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Class Limit: 10.

Saw Whet Owl / Blue Gill - George Nelson

George will teach students how to carve their choice of a Saw Whet Owl or a Blue Gill. For those that wish to finish carvings from previous classes, you may bring them in and finish them. George, a long-standing veteran of the Southeastern Woodcarving School, is an expert bird and waterfowl carver. He owns and operates a woodcarving supply business in Foley, Alabama.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks and eyes will be available for $15.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Knife and any other tools you are comfortable with, a power tool would probably be helpful, as well as wood burners and extension cords.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application..
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Class Limit: 10.

Brown Pelican - Larry Nowell

Larry will present a systematic approach to carving a brown pelican on a nautical piling. The brown pelican is a frequent visitor to the Gulf Coast and can often be seen perched on a post. Instruction will be supplemented with pictures and a progressive study cast. Larry will explain and demonstrate each step of the carving / burning / painting / finishing process and assist each carver to ensure understanding. Larry is a retired teacher now carving and instructing full-time, this is his first year at SWS. Email: ace012@knoxnews.infi.net
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks, burner, paint / brushes, stand and "turks head" for stand, at a cost of $10.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Knife and any other tools you are comfortable with, as well as wood burners, extension cords, painting materials..
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Class Limit: 8.

Carving a Hillbilly - Mac Proffitt

Learn to carve a Tennessee Hillbilly from the old hillbilly himself. Mac will take you from scratch to a completed hillbilly and you can add your own hillbilly features to fit your idea of a Tennessee hillbilly. Or, students may elect to carve their hillbilly into a Santa. Students should be able to finish a project in class (except painting). Learn carving techniques as well as hear Mac's hillbilly stories (not required to stay in the room at this time!). Mac hails from Townsend, Tenn. where he is co-owner of Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks will be available from the instructor for $14.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Sharp knife and at least a starter set of carving tools.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: All Levels.
Class Limit: 10.

Low Relief and Chip Carving - M. W. "Red" Rainey

Each student will do at least one project in low relief carving and one in chip carving, or if the student prefers, only one category. Either way, students should be able to complete several projects. This course is designed to acquaint the student with one or both categories of woodcarving and the tools necessary to perform any form of woodcarving and how to sharpen all types of tools. An excellent course for the beginning carver, but is also valuable for the intermediate or advanced carver whose past experience has been in other modes such as animal, birds, caricature and other in-the-round carving. Red has been instructing at the Southeastern Woodcarving School since its inception. Red studied under a Japanese master carver for two years while serving in Japan with the U. S. Army. He has also studied with Chris Effrem, Fred Carrington, Harold Enlow, Helen Gibson and Hal McClure.
Blanks/Supplies: Patterns will be provided or student may bring their own patterns. Blanks will be available from the instructor for approximately $10.00 - $35.00, depending on blank / plate selected. Chip carving knives will be available for use or purchase.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students will need to bring a carving knife with straight blade or a chip carving knife and at least a starter set of carving tools.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: All Levels.
Class Limit: 10.

Carving a "Happy Pirate" Bust - Jim Rives

In this class students will enjoy carving a human bust of a "Happy Pirate". Instruction will cover facial features and hair details. You will receive an instruction manual, which will help you carve future human busts. Our "Happy Pirate" will have an eye patch, unruly hair, a head bandana, and a missing tooth (if you choose). Also expect one big smile! This class requires 'hard work', but the reward is an excellent carving plus the information and skills needed to carve a human bust on a repeated basis. Emphasis will also be placed on having fun and learning new tricks! This is Jim's second year at SWS. Jim has studied under John Burke, Cecil Walley, Desiree Hajny, and Nancy Crippen. Jim has taught classes at Faulkner State Community College, Tannehill Woodcarvers and Ala. Gulf Coast Woodcarvers. Jim can be contacted at carveup@gulftel.com.
Blanks/Supplies: Basswood rough-out at a cost of $30.00. Instructor will provide carving vises, artist's oil paints and boiled linseed oil for finishing the piece.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students should bring power tools and gouges, several small veiners. A thin sharp pointed detailing knife with the blade about 2" or more in length and a 1 mm 11 sweep (i.e."U" veiner tool) will be helpful in carving the finer features and hair. Paintbrushes: 1 each - 1/2 inch wide flat and 1/8 inch sharp tipped-round detail.
Power tools: REQUIRED. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 8.

Civil War Bust - Larry Rogers

Students will learn to carve a bust of a Civil War soldier. During this class, concentration will be on understanding the proportion of facial features and the chisel cuts used to bring a life-like face out of a block of wood. There will be a model to carve from, but projects will be flexible. Expect to work on a figure about 6" x 8" x 12-14". Larry comes to us from Chattanooga, TN. He has been carving for over 15 years and has studied with renowned carvers George Nelson and John Burke. Larry began as a devoted bird carver, but in recent years has turned his attention to human bust carving. He has taught at the Tennessee Valley Woodcarving School and John C. Campbell Folk School and is a member of the Chattanooga, Southeastern and National Woodcarvers Association and the national Sculptor Society.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks will be available for purchase for $35.00 each. The instructor will also have chisels that the students may borrow or purchase.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students should bring a mallet and chisels of their preference.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Portrait Carving in Relief - Steve Schoolar

This class takes the student through the process and all the steps involved in learning to carve any portrait in relief from a photo or from real life. Student uses full size mallet and gouge carving tools provided by instructor (at no extra cost to the student). Topics covered: wood, perspective, carving techniques, finishes, backgrounds, displaying and mistake corrections. The class project will be carving a portrait of an American Indian. Students will be able to finish or be very near finished with entire project. Students will gain knowledge and skill of "how to" carve any portrait in relief. Prior carving experience is needed but no experience with full size gouges and mallet is required. Steve comes to us from Fort Worth, TX where he is a full time sculptor working in the medium of wood. Steve has studied with top wood sculptors in the U.S. and England and teaches throughout the U.S.
Blanks/Supplies: All tools, holders, blanks and lights will be provided by the instructor. Sharpening equipment will also be available. Cost to the student is $25.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: No tools are necessary. Tools and supplies will be available from the instructor. Stools will be provided but students may bring his/her own tall stool.
Power tools: PROHIBITED.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Realistic White Tail Deer Bust - Cecil Walley

This class will teach a bust of a realistic white tail deer, approximate size is 5" x 3" x 3". Special emphasis will be given to texturing with a v-gouge and wood burner. Cecil has won numerous awards with his realistic carvings and is a regular at SWS.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks will be furnished for $20.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students need to bring power tools, dust collection system, gouges, v-gouges, wood burner and carving knife.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Deep Relief - Randy Walters

This project will be a deep relief ocean scene, consisting of a lighthouse, the care keeper's rock house and a rowboat. A gull or two can be added, student's choice. Pattern will be outlined on the blank, elevations will be established and excess wood will already be removed to save class time. Randy has been carving seriously for the last fifteen years and has studied with James Cecil, Jim Wilsford, John Burke, Tom Swearingen, Kirk Curtis and Roy Hellman. He has taught classes around southeast and is a blue ribbon winner.
Blanks/Supplies: Basswood blanks approximately 2" x 14" x18", pattern, special walnut stain and finish will be provided for $30.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students should bring straight blade carving knife, mallet, assorted gouges, v-tool.
Power tools: Allowed. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 10.

Realistic Animal - White Tail Deer - Jim Wilsford

This class will power carve a jumping white tail deer. Jim has been carving for over twenty years, and teaching animal carving for over twelve. Jim is an accomplished carver, expertly creating carvings of the creatures of nature and is a regular at the SWS.
Blanks/Supplies: Blanks will be furnished for $15.00.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students need to bring power tools, dust collection system, gouges, v-gouges, and carving knife.
Power tools: Required. Indicate use of power tools on application.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Class Limit: 12.


CRAFT CLASSES

Folk Art Painting
Ethel Green

Creations in Clay (Polymer)
Frances Rogers


Folk Art Painting - Ethel Green

Ethel will teach students the art of folk painting on gourds, Terra Cotta flower pots, wood etc. Students can also bring their own projects. Ethel has been painting for the past 25 years. She has won Best of Fair for Folk Art for several years at the South Alabama State Fair and has sold her gourd birdhouses for as much as $60.00..
Supplies Provided: Pattern copies will be provided. Gourds, pots, paints and brushes will be available for purchase. Cost to the student will be dependent on the amount of supplies and/or materials purchased.
Tools/Supplies Required: A supply list will be mailed to all students prior to the class.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Class Limit: 12.

Creations in Clay (Polymer) - Frances Rogers

While making a set of seasonal napkin rings and a pin/or ear rings, students will learn the properties of and how to handle the various polymer clays. Frances (along with husband Larry) comes to us from Chattanooga, TN.
Supplies Provided: The instructor will provide clay, cookie cutters, and assorted tools for clay work, freezer wrap and rolling pins. Costs for supplies will range from $10.00 up, depending on what the student purchases.
Tools/Supplies Required: Students should bring cookie cutters (1" - 3"), Xacto knife, toaster oven, non-metal (such as Pyrex) pan for baking items, old rolling pin (wooden is best), Vaseline or baby wipes, plastic artificial leaves (such as roses), boxes to take home completed projects. Please note: items coming in contact with the unbaked clay are not suggested for reuse with food items.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Class Limit: 12.