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2015 Mogadore Carving Class

October 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Classes Announced for Mogadore in 2015!

Class has been cancelled. 


Rosalyn Daisey – Instructor


If you missed last year's power carving classes, then you missed out on two great projects and a good learning experience.  Everyone had a great time last year and made some new friends with similar interests!  All went home with projects to be proud of.  For next year, we came up with two very interesting projects.  A very common, but fun project for this year’s animal project is the Grey Squirrel.  This will be a great project for learning how to carve/texture and paint fur.  This will make an excellent gift for someone special.  Our goal each year is to provide projects that build upon old skills and create new ones - 2015 is no exception!  You will discuss and learn about anatomy and feather/fur carving, with the objective being to make them as realistic and natural looking as possible.  This is possible through the professional guidance by Roz in both the carving of the subject and the painting to help obtain a soft, realistic look.  These are definitely going to be educational and rewarding classes.  The first class will be the  Grey Squirrel.    

This past year we  did a White-Footed Mouse and it truly turned out to be one of those carvings that is excellent for giving as a gift.  In 2015, we will have another great project for those that enjoy carving birds.  The Carolina Wren is our second class and another great choice for growing your knowledge.  You will receive a very good background on the proper anatomy of a Wren and proper carving techniques to ensure that your carving is realistic.  If you have observed the Wren in real life or in photos, you understand the unique position of its tail and its head.  This is where Roz’s guidance can help and will provide you with the skills that you will use on future carvings of this type.  Mark your calendar for June 12, 13 and 14 if you wish to carve a Grey Squirrel and June 15, 16 and 17 if you want to carve a Carolina Wren.  That’s when the instructor/author Rosalyn Daisey comes to town to provide instruction and pass on her knowledge.


The class will be held in Mogadore, Oh at the Senior Citizen building.  Those that attended last year’s class here all agree that this is a very good environment to carve in.  There is plenty of light, air conditioning, easy access, handicap parking and motels and restaurants near by.  Mogadore is close to Akron and Tallmadge Ohio.  Being close to State Route 224 and Interstate 76 makes this an easy location to find.    


Instructor: Rosalyn Daisey – World Class carver, publisher and Ward Competition winner and instructor.  Note: Roz has released her sixth book on several animal carving projects and is finishing up book number 7! I am certain that she will have some on hand at the class for anyone that wishes to purchase.  It’s a great time to get your book signed by the author.  


Preliminary notification – directions and supply lists will be given registered attendees as the class gets closer (most likely in late April).


Each class will be limited to 13 students to allow for individual attention from Roz.  Based on last year’s interest in the suggested projects, I look for both these classes to have a good turnout.  Once filled, any new enrollees will be placed on a waiting list and their deposit will be refunded if room does not become available.  The sign-up procedure will be the same as all of Roz's classes and will require a $50 non-refundable deposit per class and will be filled on a first-come basis.  Refunds will be given should someone not be able to attend and others are on a waiting list or if the class is cancelled.  The balance of $250 will be due upon arrival.  As a special price incentive, those signing up for both classes can purchase these for a total of $500, a $100 savings Once you are registered, you will be sent a list of materials needed for the class about 6-7 weeks prior to the class date.  The blank and eyes will be provided by Roz.  You need to bring a base to mount your subject on.  If you have any questions, please write or call.  This will be a power-carving class and all students should leave with a carved, painted and mounted project at the close of class.  All levels of carvers are welcome and will find the class educational, gratifying and rewarding.  If you have any questions on this class, please email, call or write.  Make all checks out to Bob Rutan and mail to the following address.

Thanks and hope to see you in class this June!

Bob Rutan

3875 Argonne St.

Mogadore, OH  44260

330-703-3759 (cell)

Nikon Equipment Sale

February 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

  Preferred method of payment is PayPal.  Buyer is responsible for shipping cost and I prefer to use FedEx within continental U.S.  I have found them to be very reliable in safely packing camera equipment and delivery service has been very good.   I will provide a photo on any piece of equipment upon request.



Cameras – body only

  • Nikon D800 - $1350, I will pick up shipping.  Continental U.S. only.  SOLD  (B)


Lens –

  • Nikon 24-120mm AF F3.5-5.6D – discontinued in 2003, introduced 1996.  $100
  • Nikkor Micro 105mm 1:2.8 D  – $300
  • Nikkor Micro 60mm AF F2.8 D- $430 new. $280.  
  • Nikkor 24mm AF F2.8D – $360 new, $180
  • Tokina for Nikon. 12-24 F4 (IF) AT-X Pro SD DX – Excellent shape.  $355 .  Includes Hoya 77mm UV(0) filter and BH-779 lens Hood.  B
  • Nikkor 400mm AF-S D II F2.8 - great shape, white/grey, had Nikon service and clean last summer and replaced the contacts. Carrying case, strap, lens hoods.  Minor dent in the smaller hood, but does not affect looks or performance.  Fast lens with excellent photo quality.  $4500. B


Miscellaneous – Flashes, bags, tripods, chargers

Teleconverters –

Filters –

  • Tiffen 72mm Circular Polarizer - $29.99 new, will be asking $15 B
  • Tiffen 72mm 812 Warming Filter - $31 new, will be asking $15 B
  • Hoya 72mm  HMC Super UV (0) - will be asking $20 B
  • Tiffen 72mm Enhancing Filter - $72 new, will be asking $50 B
  • Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer - $15
  • Tiffen 62mm Circular Polarizer - $15
  • Tiffen 72mm Circular Polarizer - $15