How did we get started? Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp was founded in 2009 and coordinated from 2009-2013 by Marcia Yrineo and her son, Edward Runnion. Karen Hundt-Brown was the Event Coordinator 2014-2017. The Council Oak Woodcarvers Club has taken responsibility for the 2018 event.
Marcy and Ed have attended the Evart Roundup (held in June annually) since 2004 and they enjoy it more each year. We were talking about what a great job Sandy Holder and the Michigan Woodcarvers Association did in creating the Evart Roundup, and wishing we had one in Indiana. When I asked why there isn’t one, Rod Beamish said, “Somebody has to step up to the plate.” So I asked him, “If I step up to the plate…can I use your campground?” And he said, “Yeah.” And that’s how we began. Marcia and Ed have retired, so beginning 2014 – the Pla-Mor Campground owners and Karen Hundt-Brown will coordinate the Indiana Woodcarving Summer Camp.
The Council Oak Woodcarvers Club (South Bend, IN) and the Good Time Woodcarvers Club (Plymouth, IN) and the Pla-Mor Campground owners work together to help promote the event, as well as helping set up and tear down the tents and move tables and chairs into the building.
Sandy Holder designed our Cardinal logo for us! Thanks Sandy, for all you do for carvers everywhere! Note: Beginning 2013 – Floyd Rhadigan is the Evart Roundup Coordinator.
What is the structure of the Summer Camp? The format is very relaxed and based on the Round-Up format. We basically want you to have fun and learn to carve wood. Our mission is to provide you with quality instructors at reasonable prices, and to encourage the preservation of the various woodcarving and folk arts. Classes can last for one hour or take 4 whole days to complete. You decide what project you want to carve, and how long you want to stay with each instructor. You pay the instructor for the wood blank (Wood blanks range from $3 to $35). Most seats are first come, first served. Beginning in 2015 each instructor is limited to 12 students at the table. We welcome children and beginners as well as advanced carvers. We also provide crafts for the non-carvers, crafts for children, and a pot luck dinner on Friday night.
Where is the camp? Our Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp is very similar to a Roundup, except that it is located at Pla-Mor Campground – a family camping park in Bremen, Indiana. Click on the link to go to Pla-Mor website and see photos of the campground. Note that the pricing you see on their website is NOT the price you will pay during Woodcarvers week. During the actual days of the event, registered woodcarvers get a 10 per cent discount (plus Indiana State Tax), regardless of which hookups you need.
Pla-Mor Campground has 560 campsites for tents up to the largest motorhomes, and everybody gets free WI-FI, a picnic table and fire ring, water and electricity, and sewer hookup if you need it. Pla-Mor has a camp store, snack bar, game room, swimming pond, fishing pond, playground, miniature golf, volley ball, batting cage, horseshoe pits, and a 250 yard driving range. It’s a great place for a family vacation!
Who are the Instructors? We have had 30+ woodcarving instructors from across the United States, including CCA carvers, World & National Champions, and other talented instructors. Many classes are free with the purchase of the wood blank. Some instructors may charge a modest fee. See the Instructors and Projects tab above for the 2017 list.
Other Roundups: We are happy to promote and provide links to other Roundups…