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The 24th Annual Learning Seminar

Presented by the Michigan Wood Carvers Association

May 13th through 17th, 2019

at the Fairgrounds in Midland, MI

6905 Eastman Ave

Each class is limited to 12 students.

Each instructor determines the minimum number they will instruct.

 MWCA members pay $175.00

 Non-members pay only $190.00


Classes are held in a 12,000 sq. foot, Hexagon shaped, domed roof building, which is well lit with windows on the upper walls all around the perimeter. The facility is heated and barrier free.


Every day, we will offer freshly brewed coffee, hot tea, donuts, snacks, ice cold pop/water.

Lunch will be catered in at a very reasonable cost.

Camping is available on the Midland County fairgrounds. Ph 989-835-7901. The lots are spacious and have 20/30 amp electrical hook-ups with water close by. There are two shower/restrooms available.  A dump station is on site. There are also several motels close by.  (Ask for the Fairs’ discount)

Fairview Inn 800-422-2744

Sleep Inn 989-837-1010

Check on-line travel sites to secure best rates.



We encourage carvers’ partners to join us in the carving building for other non-carving activities. Midland Mall, Movie theatre, golf courses and the Dow Art/flower garden are all close by.  We want you to enjoy yourself while your partner is carving or if so inclined, try your hand in one of our learning classes.  Come and enjoy the week and have FUN with us.


Registration & Set Up:

The fair center will be available to us late Sunday afternoon.  The committee and helpers will arrange the tables and chairs so that the instructors can put out their displays and arrange their equipment early Sunday evening.  We will register early birds, and hand out

 packets as soon as the building is ready.  We will also register students at 7:30 AM Monday morning.


Class Schedule:

All classes will start at 8:30 AM each morning and finish up at 4:30 PM. Some classes may end early on Friday afternoon. The carving building will open at approximately 7:30 AM each morning and will close for 1½ hr for supper. Open carving will be available most


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Instructor List for 2019 

Instructor Project pages will be updated as they become available, click on a name below for more info.

  1. Wayne Barton-Chip Carving(Intermediate & Advanced)

  2. Gary Bityk – Bark Carving – Extraordinary mini carving in a bottle

  3. Carol Jean Singleton-  Cyprus Knee carving

  4. Doug Evans- Beginning carving

  5. Gary Falin- Caricature carving/hand

  6. Dave Stirling- Eastern Blue Bird- power

  7. Leah Goddard – Realistic Animal, carve and paint, hand and power

  8. Dylan Goodson –  Relief Carving

  9. Chris Howard – Native American/power carved

  10. Dick Lamphier – Realistic Caricature; expressions & details/hand

  11. Arlene Murphy – Wood burning

  12. Floyd Rhadigan- Caricature carving

  13. Dave Sharp- Realistic Animal- Ram

  14. Jim Finney-  Gun Stock Carving Power

  15. Bob Thurston- Caricature carving

  16. Jim Foster- Layered Relief carving

  17. Orlando Villarreal- Fish or Turtle Power


Note: Due to limited hand strength of some students, power carving tools may be used in a hand carving class. (see special note)

Garry Mulick
616-340-6114 or 616-902-3888
Jeff Swanson
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