Let’s Get You Carving a Better Future!

The platform for this year’s annual CarveWright Conference will feature classes and presentations from CarveWright Candidates selected for their innovative and expert use of the CarveWright System.  You will learn how to better use your system, and explore new ideas of what your CarveWright can do.

This conference is for every CarveWright owner, regardless of skill or experience. Whether you are a Beginner or Advanced user, you will learn techniques you can immediately put into practice in your CarveWright hobby or business projects.

This year’s Conference features exciting new additions to the class schedule that will inform and inspire! Join us for a great learning experience and fun with fellow Carvoholics.  Vote CarveWright on June 23-25th!



Holiday Inn Houston-Webster
302 W. Bay Area Blvd
Webster, TX 77598 (map)

$109 per night

Please Call: (281) 335-6272
or book online at HOTEL WEBSITE











Friends of CarveWright


Friends of CarveWright



Wednesday, June 22th

For those who have arrived and would like to get together we are designating a happy hour location and will be meeting at 6:30 PM – Location: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Thursday, June 23th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check-In
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome: Welcome and overview of agenda and conference resources (store, gallery, events)
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Introduction to The CarveWright System: Out-of-the-box, Online Resources, Accessories, and Activation
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Basics of Project Designer and Machine Operation: New project, pattern placement, centering & mirroring, and setting up a project to carve. Project Designer BASIC
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Carving Signs & Lithos: Text, depth & height, textures, and import image. Project Designer BASIC & Designer PRO, Centerline Text, Conforming Vectors
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch – We will set up machines to be carving during lunch.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Dynamic Surfacing: Domes, textures, piercing and merging. Project Designer BASIC
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Overview of Project Designer PRO Features: Vector Groups, Pattern Along Path, and more. Project Designer PRO
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Featured Speaker: Wayne Proctor: Running A CarveWright Based Business
6:00 PM Banquet Dinner: It’s on us! Included with Registration. Villa Capri
Extra banquet tickets can be purchased here


Friday, June 24th

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Store Orders & Pickup
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Making Your Own Patterns: Overview of Vector Drawing Suite, Pattern Modeling Suite, STL Importer, and Pattern Sculptor
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Making Your Own Patterns: Modeling freehand, tracing image, Importing STL’s, and working with Pattern Sculptor.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch – We will set up machines to be carving during lunch.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Troubleshooting and Basic Repair: What, When, and How: Basic maintenance, bearings, brushes, motors and sensors.
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Troubleshooting and Basic Repair (cont.): What, When, and How: Basic maintenance, bearings, brushes, motors and sensors.
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Featured Speaker: Joe Lovchik – Upcycling Old Wood Into Works Of Art. DXF Importer
6:00 PM Friday Night Event (optional) – La Brisa Mexican Grill501 N Wesley Dr, League City, TX 77573 (map)


Saturday, June 25th

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Store Orders & Pickup
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Overview of the Accessories – The Rotary Jig: How to use the Rotary Jig and accompanying software. Rotary Jig
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 PM – 12:00 PM Overview of the Accessories – Scanning Probe and Sanding Mops: Setting up a scan, downloading and editing a scan. Cleaning up carvings with the sanding mops. Scanning Probe, Pattern Editor, Sanding Mops
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Featured Speaker: Michael Tyler – 3D Scanning Techniques – What, How, and Why!
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Featured Speaker: Michael Tyler – 3D Scanning Techniques – What, How, and Why!
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Q and A: Ask questions about anything that wasn’t covered or you want clarification on, and we will be happy to get you answers.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Final Evening Event (optional) -Saturday evening, after the close of the conference, we will be hosting a BBQ at Chris Lovchik’s (CEO and Inventor of the CarveWright) house. Everyone who attended the conference is invited and welcome to bring their guests. We only ask, if you wish to eat some BBQ, that you throw in $10 please. (BBQ Ticket)

There is a pool and hottub if anyone wants to jump in and enjoy the water, and we will be giving tours of the Library that CarveWright Built!



DAVID JOCHIM – CarveWright Staff

J. David Jochim grew up experiencing and practicing the art of woodworking. The son of a cabinetmaker, Mr. Jochim worked his way through school as a craftsman and is familiar with the machines and techniques involved in woodworking. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Washington, earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

Following graduation, he began working at NASA Johnson Space Center in the advanced robotics branch. He led several advanced robotics projects during his time at NASA and was awarded two patents for his innovations in the field.

In 2001, he left NASA to form LHR Technologies with Chris Lovchik, who had developed a prototype for a desktop carving machine. The two recruited an engineering staff and developed what we call the CarveWright today.


JOE LOVCHIK – CarveWright Staff

Joe Lovchik has spent his whole life creating things.  His artistic talent was discovered at a very young age as he was always drawing pictures and, even today, it is rare not to find a sketch of something on his desk that he has mindlessly doodled.  Joe’s passion for art led him to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University.  During his early years in college, Joe worked as an art director for a major sportswear company where he gained knowledge in industry marketing and brand management. His career was further expanded as he spent the next 10 years working as Art Director for advertising agencies specializing in brand development. One such brand was a side project for his brother Chris, the inventor of a new personal-sized CNC now known as the CarveWright System.

​ Eventually persuaded to move to Texas, Joe became the Marketing Director for CarveWright. Since joining LHR full-time in 2007, he has played several key roles in its growth including development of the company website, marketing and sales materials, creation of learning tools, videos and tutorials, and conceptualization of new product development. His knowledge and expertise in graphics software has allowed him to help guide the software developers in their advancement of the CarveWright software.  Using these resources, Joe has become one of the foremost experts for the CarveWright System.


WAYNE PROCTOR – Guest Speaker

Wayne Proctor is an IT Professional and a hobbyist woodworker. Always a tool collector, he purchased his first CarveWright system in 2013, and has since added two additional CarveWright systems to his shop.  With these CarveWrights, he and his wife started a craft business preparing for his retirement from the Corporate world.  They have increased their business every year and have continued to refine and expand their products. Wayne and his wife have learned some pretty valuable lessons on what they should do and what they need to avoid with regards to making and selling these products. They are both looking forward to retirement when they can travel across the U.S. hitting the Craft Show circuit.


CONNIE RATISSEAU – CarveWright Staff

Connie Ratisseau started working in Sales & Marketing with LHR Technologies in January 2008. She has traveled all over the US demonstrating the CarveWright System and was instrumental in starting the Woodworking Shows Mini-Training Camps and One Day CW Training Sessions in 2008. With over 25 years of experience in marketing and event coordination, she nurtured and sold to management her idea of an annual CarveWright conference, which began in 2011.  Connie, or “Mama CarveWright” as nicknamed by some customers, is also the Customer Service Supervisor, an active member of the CarveWright Community forum, and proud mother of four and grandmother of two.


MICHAEL TYLER – Guest Speaker

Michael enjoys the use of both traditional and contemporary Creative Arts mediums. A background in music led him to a career as a Music Technology consultant when computers were just beginning to be utilized for music composition, recording and publishing. In 1987, he founded one of the first mail-order music software and hardware companies in the country. All the while, his side interests included designing and building stained glass windows and lamps, deep relief sandblasting (in glass) and woodworking, to mention a few.

In January 2007, Michael added a new tool to his workshop – a CarveWright/CompuCarve CNC machine. He quickly developed a fascination for the creative potential this technology held and resolved to make the most of it. By April of 2007, Michael founded the CarveBuddy company to offer products and resources to others with similar interests.

What began as a casual hobby quickly grew into a full-time business, working with companies such as CarveWright, Vectric Ltd., ShopBot, Vector Art 3D,  independent antique dealers, cabinet shops and more. Michael has produced hundreds of digital relief models, CNC woodworking projects and a host of informational materials for the benefit of CNC owners worldwide, including the CarveWright Tips & Tricks newsletters and the CarveWright Project of the Month subscription.

See more about Micheal and what he does at