Fish Carving Seminars

The 2017 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 2017 Fish Carving Seminar Program will feature world-class instructors for seminars Thursday and Friday. The instuctors presenting seminars during the 2017 World Fish Carving Championships include:

        Bob Berry
        Josh Guge

Clark Schreibeis
Jeff Compton

Special Wednesday All Day Seminar
May 17, 2017

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Room 404
(There will be a break for lunch and time for students to register their entries in the show.)
Special Seminar: $125
A Day of Hands-On Instruction with Two World Champions: Josh Guge and Bob Berry
Creating a Study Cast from a Real Fish Specimen and Drawing Patterns

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a fish study cast? Well here’s your chance. This seminar is designed to teach you the nuances of the castings process. Throughout the class, students will learn the entire process from making a mold to creating cast reproductions. As a bonus, students will also learn how to draw fish patterns. Each student will make a cast and take it home with him at the end of class.

On a lighter note, Josh said, “We don’t know exactly what fish species we will be casting until we catch some!”

NOTE: Because the instructors are providing all supplies for this class, students do not need to bring anything other than a camera, pen/pencil, and a note pad. Based on the size of the room available seats are limited. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

To register for this early seminar, you must contact Josh Guge at josh@gugeinstitute.com or call him at (224) 629-0581. A deposit of $50.00 is required and the total workshop fee is $125.00. The balance will be due at the beginning of class Wednesday, May 17. (possible $10 supply fee TBA)

To register for this early seminar you must contact Josh Guge at josh@gugeinstitute.com or call him at (224) 629-0581. Preregistration is required prior to the show. A deposit of $50.00 is required and the total workshop fee is $125. The balance will be due at the beginning of class Wednesday, May 17.

Send your deposit of $50.00 to Josh Guge at 1963 Diamond Head Trail, Pingree Grove, IL 60140. Contact josh at josh@gugeinstitute.com or call (224) 629-0581.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fish Carving Entries Accepted
Peoria Civic Center

The World Show fish carving seminars will begin on Thursday, May 18, and end on Friday, May 19.

Thursday Fish Carving Seminars
May 18, 2017


Thursday, May 18th
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Fish Carving Entries Accepted


Seminar #1
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 18, Room 404
Bob Berry
World Show Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and multiple World Champion fish carver Bob Berry of California will explain and demonstrate proven methods for enhancing your artwork.


Seminar #2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 18, Room 404
Jeff Compton
World Champion Fish Carver Jeff Compton of Minnesota will present a live demonstration on his techniques.


Seminar #3
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 18, Room 404
Clark Schreibeis
The most decorated fish carver of all time, Clark Schreibeis of Montana, has won a record five Best of Show, Best in World titles at the World Fish Carving Championship. In 2013, he also won the Master of Masters Award on the taxidermy side of the competition.


Seminar #4
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 18, Room 404
Josh Guge
Josh Guge, a World Champion fish carving artist, demonstrates his procedure, materials and techniques he uses.

Friday Fish Carving Seminars
May 8, 2015


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


Seminar #5
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Friday, May 19, Room 404
Panel Discussion
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 Jeff Compton, Clark Schreibeis, Ted Richmond, Josh Guge, and Ed Barrett. Comments from the audience are addressed concerning fish carving procedures and competition issues.