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The second Woodcarving and Painting Cruise sponsored by the Cherry Ridge Campgrounds of Honesdale,Pa., in co-operation with Mary Lee Cipriano ( and Dennis and Susan Thornton, set sail again for 14 days traveling to ports in the Sothern Caribbean on January 12th from Fort Lauderdale, Fla..  Everyone enjoyed the sunny days and great weather.

The students had plenty of time for various day long land excursions and beautiful beaches and countryside.  This years class nearly doubled in size for the woodcarving and painting seminar aboard the Celebrity Eclipse with instructors Dennis and Susan Thornton.  Dennis a nationally recognized caricature carver and member of the Caricature Carvers of America and his wife Susan also nationally recognized painting artist, continued their nautical project theme, creating a terrific Caribbean Pirate Captain specially for this cruise. 

Student learned various woodcarving techniques, along with design and carving a project from beginning to end, while then learning about workplace setup, painting supplies and brush stroke work and the importance of applying acrylics to work, including direction with shading and highlighting their carvings.

The Cruise brought together repeat students along with others from all over the United States and many additional carvers from Canada.  This years cruise nearly doubled in size and created a wonderful carving community abroad ship and great future friendships along with a world class vacation.

We hope that you will join us for another cruise in January of 2015, further information (

2013 Teaching Schedule

Dennis and Susan Thornton  (Woodcarving and Painting Instruction)

  • MARCH 23,24  Lancaster Woodcarving Show (Featured Artist)
    Contact: Andrew Dipace    717-394-2262
  • APRIL 12,13,14  Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers   Carve a long
    Contact: Roger Westgate   607-659-7769
  • MAY 24,25,26,27  Boise Id.  Woodcraft  Carve a long
    Contact:  Monte Eldfrick 208-338-1190
  • JULY 21, 22, 23, 24, 25  Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup, Honesdale,Pa.
    Contact: Robert Muller  570-448-9017
  • SEPTEMBER 17, 18, 19, 20  Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience, N.Y.
    Contact: Jim O’Dea  041-697-2002
  • OCTOBER 13, 14  Catatonk Valley Woodcarving Show
    Contact:  Roger Westgate  607-659-7769
  • OCTOBER 25, 26, 27  Conawego Woodcarving Show
  • OCTOBER 28, 29, 30  Conawego Woodcarving Carve a Long
    Contact: Jim Hiser 717-385-3557
  • NOVEMBER 8, 9, 10  Dayton Woodcarving Show/Caricature Carvers of America (Featured Artist)

Dennis and Susan are currently conducting classes in their studio in Guilford, New York. In addition, Dennis and Susan conduct seminars around the country. Susan is teaching and instructing carvers on painting their carvings.

Below are some of the subjects they are currently teaching. Please contact them with your questions.


Monday Morning
Friday Night
2 Day

Great to carve for a law enforcement friend
2 Day


One Day Christmas Ornament
Carve and paint them

Dennis Thornton & Susan Thornton
439 County Road 36
Guilford, New York 13780
(607) 895-6311