Fish Carving Seminars

The 2019 WFCC Fish Carving Seminar Schedule

One of the major highlights of the World Fish Carving Championships is the seminar program. The world-class instructors for this year’s lineup represent some of the best seminar instructors ever assembled for one event.

The 2019 Fish Carving Seminar Program will feature world-class instructors for seminars Thursday and Friday. The instructors presenting seminars during the 2019 World Fish Carving Championships include:

        Bob Berry
        Josh Guge

Dave Arndt
Ted Richmond

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fish Carving Entries Accepted
Springfield Expo Center

The World Show fish carving seminars will begin on Thursday, May 2, and end on Saturday, May 4.

Thursday Fish Carving Seminars
May 2, 2019


Thursday, May 2nd
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fish Carving Entries Accepted


Seminar #1
1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Texas Room
Josh Guge: Color Theory and Painting Techniques
Josh Guge, a World Champion fish carving artist, explains color theory as it relates to fish carving. He will also demonstrate his procedure, materials and techniques he uses for painting fish.


Seminar #2
3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Texas Room
Dave Arndt: Scaling Techniques
Master fish carver Dave Arndt will present a live demonstration on his award-winning techniques to produce scale patterns on fish carvings.

Friday Fish Carving Seminars
May 2, 2019


Friday May 19th
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fish Carving Critiques
Springfield Expo Center


Seminar #3
1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Texas Room
Bob Berry: Ask Me–I Made the Most Mistakes!
The most influential fish carver of all time, Bob Berry of California, explains many of the pitfalls to avoid in fish carving.


Seminar #4
3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Thursday, May 18, Texas Room
Ted Richmond: Troubleshooting a Natural Finish
World Champion Ted Richmond, who has won three Best in World Natural Finish Fish Carving Awards, as well as the only World Title for Best of Show with a natural finish piece in 2017, demonstrates his procedures and techniques he uses for natural finish carvings as well as problems and pitfalls to avoid.

Saturday Fish Carving Seminars
May 3, 2019


Seminar #5
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Saturday, May 3, Texas Room
Panel Discussion: What is the Future of Fish Carving?
What do you want to talk about? You can ask any questions you can think of as the godfather of fish carving, Bob Berry, leads this unscripted panel (and audience) discussion with carvers Ted Richmond, Josh Guge, and Dave Arndt. Comments from the audience are addressed concerning fish carving procedures and competition issues.