MAJOR SEMINARS FROM CWA HISTORY:
2015 MAJOR SEMINAR: A RELIEF CARVING SEMINAR WAS CONDUCTED BY LONGTIME CLUB MEMBER, JIM ALLEN IN DECEMBER OF 2015. THIS WAS A WONDERFUL BASIC CLASS FOR ALL LEVELS OF CARVERS, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR BEGINNERS! THE COURSE INCLUDED UP TO SIX PROJECTS, DEPENDING UPON THE COMFORTABLE PACE OF THE STUDENT.
SINCE JIM IS A LOCAL CARVER, THE COST FOR THE SEMINAR DID NOT HAVE TO INCLUDE COST FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEREFORE, THE COST WAS VERY AFFORDABLE: THE SEMINAR COST FOR CWA, & CCG MEMBERS IS $75 AND $125 FOR NON-MEMBERS. PROJECT BLANKS VARIED IN COST – FROM $4 TO $25.
JIM ALLEN is a long-time member of Capital Woodcarvers Association, the California Carvers Guild and the National Woodcarvers Association. He has been doing commission work and teaching woodcarving for the past 40 years. He has done many private and public works. His most prominent is the bishop’s shield and other carvings for Bishop Alphonse Gallegos crypt in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He conducts workshop type classes on Saturday mornings.
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THE 2015 MAJOR SPRING SEMINAR WAS HELD DURING THE WEEK PRECEDING THE ANNUAL WOODCARVING SHOW.
INSTRUCTORS FOR THE CLASS WERE:
JANET CORDELL has been carving for forty three years and has been recognized as a master artisan by the State of Arkansas’ apprenticeship program. She has won the Arkansas Governor’s Award and numerous awards at woodcarving shows and art competitions around the United States. She has been teaching woodcarving since 1986 and in 1994 opened her own school of wood sculpture. The Ozark Mountain School of Sculpture is currently housed in a log cabin on the family property. Students at all levels of sculpture are welcome in the classes.
DEBBE EDWARDS is a Native American Indian sculptor from Northeast Oklahoma. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Debbe has been carving in wood since 1990, after receiving a small set of woodcarving tools from her husband for Christmas. Debbe has won many Best of Show and Judges Choice Awards with her sculpture. She began teaching seminar classes in 1994 and has taught classes throughout the United States and Canada. Debbe lives on her 30-acre farm in Oklahoma.
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OUR 2014 MAJOR SPRING SEMINAR WAS HELD ON APRIL 29 – MAY 1, 2014 AT SHIRLEY’S SHOP IN SACRAMENTO. P J DRISCOLL TAUGHT CLASS ON A CARICATURE CARVING OF A FIREMAN.
P J DRISCOLL ‘s love for carving began in 1992. He joined the Mid-America Woodcarvers at that time. He is also a member of the Affiliated Wood Carvers, Eastern Woodland Carvers Club, and Caricature Carvers of America. He enjoys a variety of carving: chainsaw, relief, animals – but always seems to go back to caricatures. He is retired from the Omaha Fire Department.
P J has been honored with numerous awards. He considers some of his greatest carving achievements to be: Best of Show CCA 2007, second Best of Show, People’s Choice CCA, 2004 and having a style of his own. He has been a consistent blue ribbon winner in Mid-America Woodcarving shows. P J has judged numerous woodcarving shows throughout Nebraska and Iowa and served as the judge at our show this year.
P J and his wife, Marge, have been married for 40 years and have lived all their lives in Nebraska.
Please contact Andrew Hiroshima at 916-393-2028 if you would like to have information about future seminars.