Wood Carving Classes

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Wood Carving Classes


Each year, AWC hosts a variety of wood carving classes taught by some of the foremost carvers in the world. Classes range from one-day to five-days; topics include wood carving, clay sculpting, painting, pyrography, and many more. There are often classes offered for the non-carving participant.

Anyone who is a member of AWC Ltd. can take a seminar. Membership is $20.00 per year (USA), $25.00 (Foreign) and runs the calendar year from January to December. You may join or renew your membership using the Seminar Registration Form below or the stand-alone membership form HERE


Impromptu gatherings of carvers during the evening hours offer many opportunities to socialize, pick up different carving techniques and perhaps a trade secret or two.


Information and Forms

2022 Class Descriptions and Registration Form are now available .. You can read the seminar descriptions or click the links below to view and download the .pdf files.

2022 Carving Class Registration Form 03_06_2022 version

2022 Shirt and Patch Order Form



5 Day Classes: Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17

John Engler – 5 Day Class

John has been a professional woodcarver for over 25 years. Born into a family of artist, he began carving while attending Southwest Missouri State University. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree while developing his unique style of woodcarving and watercolor painting.


John’s class will get you involved in all the facets of the art of medium relief woodcarving. A painting class will follow on Friday. No experience is necessary. A wide variety of subject matter will be available to students. These will include architecture (barns, cabins, mills, etc.), also animals (bears, moose, cougars, etc.), and many other interesting projects as well. Clear, concise and understandable instruction on relief carving techniques will be emphasized.

Please go to John’s website: www, johnenglerwoodcarvings.com to view completed projects that will be available to students. Pre-stenciled blanks will run $35.

Vic Hood - 5 Day Class

Vic has been teaching woodcarving for over 25 years and has won top awards in various competitions throughout the country. Vic has designed a class that encourages students of all levels to create their own piece of art. There will be a strong emphasis on design, creativity, and technical execution.


The blanks for the class will be made of butternut and large enough to carve a one half to three quarter size human bust. The cost of the blank will be between $60 and $75 dollars. This is not a portraiture class but subject based, for example, an American Indian, Sea Captain, Mountain Man, etc. It is up to the student to decide what they want to carve. The structure of the class allows for all levels of carving experience, from beginners to accomplished. There will be models available to help students to develop ideas and design.


Dylan Goodson5 Day Class

Relief Scene or Realistic Figure

Choose to carve a relief scene or a realistic Santa Claus or Relief Scene

Take on a fun challenge by carving John C. Campbell Folk School's most iconic building, The Millhouse. You will start with a roughout that is approx. 8.5” by 11” by 2” thick. While carving this design you'll learn about perspective, compression of depth; layering and textures. Not to mention a heavy dose of carving the intricate details that Dylan is known for. Each student will be provided with a DVD covering the power carving and woodburning techniques that Dylan uses since there's normally never enough time to cover this fully during class.

Realistic Figure

Carve a classic depiction of Santa Claus while learning about human anatomy and proportions. Particular focus will be placed on Dylan's process for carving the face and hands along with how to carve the wrinkles and folds of clothing. The figure will be 12 tall and you'll be starting from a roughout. This Santa was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.

You can see photographs of the carving projects on Dylan's Website at

www.oldoakenterprises.com/carvingprojects.html

Students will be carving using carving stands provided by Dylan and should bring mallet-size tools and a mallet for this class. Don’t worry if you don’t have many mallet-size tools, Dylan has some to loan. Rough-outs will range in price from $35 to $45.

Dylan can be contacted at 256-496-6797 or by email: dr_g@oldoakenterprises.com

Check out his website www.oldoakenterprises.com to learn more about him


Neil Cox- 5 Day Class

Representational sculpture is my primary interest. I am fascinated with storytelling and try to flesh out some of its breadth and subtlety of feeling in my pieces. My training has included work with several experienced artists here and abroad. I sculpt mostly in wood, stone, and bronze, but I enjoy working in a number of other media, including computer graphic modelling, snow, ice, and clay.

Woodcarving Course Description:

This is a relief carving course that will cover the steps necessary to complete a small owl carving. We will begin with some drawing and modelling exercises, and then proceed to complete the scene in a blank piece of wood. We will cover everything from tool sharpening and safety to research and creative design.



4 Day Classes: Monday, June 13, - Thursday, June 16


Josh Guge: 4 Day Class: Animated Cardinal Carving

4 day-Monday through Thursday: Sculpting and painting an animated Cardinal with master sculptor Josh Guge.

Josh will be making a brand-new study cast for this seminar! The Cardinal project will include an open beak and tail. Students will create a full detailed project through the course of the week. All students start with a wood cut-out made from tupelo. Josh will do a series of demonstrations that will teach students every aspect of carving and painting a realistic bird. This is a power carving class and dust collectors are mandatory. The class generally runs from 8am- 5pm daily. A study cast will be provided to assist students throughout the class and can be purchased at the end. Students who do not have time to finish their piece will be able to practice painting on the cast. Both novice and advance carvers are welcome!

Tool list for the class can be found here: http://www.gugeinstitute.com/classes/

There will be a $40 material fee which will include: wood cut out, eyes, paint, pattern and reference materials. This fee will be collected by Josh at the class.

If you have any questions, please call Josh 224-629-0581


3 Day Classes: Wednesday, June 15, - Friday, June 17


Michelle Parsons - 3 Day Class :

Intro to Pyrography (Woodburning): Landscapes

In this 3-day class, you’ll not only learn the basics of woodburning, you’ll burn landscape scenes from a selection of patterns. You do not need to be an artist—if you can trace lines, Michele Parsons can teach you how to Woodburn using patterns. Michele will cover the basics of woodburning using variable-temperature equipment, which is not the same as the craft wood burners that you may be familiar with from Scouts. Materials Cost: $10. Michele will send students a tool list in advance and has 5 woodburning units for loan on a first come basis. Visit Michele’s website at www.ParsonsWoodArtistry.com for contact information and to view samples of her work.


Ryan Olsen - 3 Day Class

Caricature Class

Ryan returns after a very successful year at Congress last year. He has studied with many great caricature carvers, including Marv Kaisersatt, Dave Dunham, Cleve Taylor, and Chris Hammack. Ryan’s woodcarvings have won many awards around the country. He is known for his funny portrayal of opera singers. He is currently a high school choir and orchestra director in Idaho. His extensive teaching experience helps him to explain clearly and concisely. Ryan is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America. Projects will be chosen from a number of available roughouts. Individual instruction will be tailored to specific student need while group instruction will include design elements, anatomy, expression, style, tool uses, etc

Bruce Shostak - 3 Day Class

This class is structured for the true beginner, a person who has never carved before, but has a strong desire to learn. Students must be at least 18 years old; younger if accompanied in class by a parent or guardian. Bring any tools you may have. If you don’t have any, you will have use of the instructor’s tools. Lecture and practice will start off the class to get a “feel” for different tools and woods. Bruce’s project for 2019 will be the Swan pictured here. He will also have some cutouts that were made available from previous years. You will have your choice of what carving(s) you want to do. The cost of the cutouts will be $5 each. You will be required to use a cut-resistant carving glove.


Alec LaCasse - 3 Day Class

It is hard to believe that a 25 year old young man can possess such talent. Since his first showing at age 12 Alec has taken many Best in Show awards and countless first place awards in art shows and woodcarving competitions around the Midwest. Alec has been a regular guest on Detroit Fox 2 News, WDIV Local 4 and ABC 7 WXYZ Detroit demonstrating his talents, Alec currently lives in rural Leonard, MI with his dog named Mikey.

During his 3 day class, Alec will be guiding his students through the process of “Carving a Plains Chief in Cottonwood Bark” from start to finish. The class will help students to achieve realistic eyes, nose, and mouth. Class will also include carving the headdress and other adornment. Bark and materials fee is $30.


Randy Hanson: 3 Day Class

Carving and painting a wild turkey feather

Randy Hansen has given carving seminars for more than 30 years. He has won many blue ribbons over his 40+ years of carving. ". Randy was fortunate to place 3rd best in show at the 2014 "Congress" with a belted kingfisher. His last international competition was at the Columbia Flyway competition in 2019. With his miniature turkey winning "Best in Show". Randy recently won Best in Show at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

The 2022 class will be the carving, painting, and mounting of a wild turkey feather. The class will be limited to 6 students to allow for more one-on-one time with each carver. Randy's goal for the class is to have a completed piece ready for framing after the 3-day class. The goal is to show how to focus on the details of what you are creating. We will use water-based paint to avoid harmful fumes. Techniques for finishing as well as anatomy of a feather will be covered. I will contact any carvers that sign up for the class and discuss materials needed to make the class flow better. We will be using power carving and hand work as well as woodburning the detail. Carvers will have time to use an airbrush as well as artist brushes to paint the feather.


Jan Jenson - 3 Day Class Old World Chip Carving

Old World Chip Carving patterns are more geometric than traditional chip carving. Patterns are applied directly to the projects so carving can start immediately — no drawing. Learn how to do Old World Chip Carving on a practice piece and then do a small project, like a 6” square box or a 8-deck card box (also called a single recipe box). Prices: $20 to $27, both will be available plus others. You will need a good chip carving knife and a good light. All other supplies will be provided. Several designs are available from which to choose.


2 Day Classes: Monday, June 13, - Tuesday, June 14

Alec LaCasse - 2 Day Clttass

During his 2 day class, Alec will be guiding his students through the process of “Carving a Wood Spirit in Cottonwood Bark” from start to finish. The class will help students to achieve realistic eyes, nose, and mouth. Bark and materials fee is $30.

Ryan Olsen - 2 Day Class

Ryan Olsen is a high school choir and orchestra director in Idaho. Ryan takes this love and skill of teaching and brings this talent to his students. Ryan is well known for his funny portrayal of opera singers. Ryan is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America.

Projects will be chosen from a number of available roughouts. Ryan will share all of his techniques and methods from roughing to paint and finish. Students that work hard during the session will be able to finish a project in the two days.

Carol Leavy - 2 Day Class

She was introduced to woodcarving while a member of the Red River Valley Decorative Painters in North Dakota. Due to raising a family and several relocations the interest was put on the back burner until 2007. Seeing a collection of carved Santa’s inspired her to pursue her interest in woodcarving. Her first seminars at The International Woodcarvers Congress in 2008 with Mike Shipley and Phil and Vicki Bishop, cemented that interest.

This class will focus on carving for the holidays. The projects will be in the beginner to intermediate range. The goal is to take you through to a completed project at the end of two days. Painting will take place the afternoon of the second day. Simple Santa’s, ornaments and Halloween projects will be offered. I will have roughouts available for purchase.

Michele Parsons – 2 Day Class

Intro to Pyrography (Woodburning): Wildlife


In this 2-day class, you’ll not only learn the basics of woodburning, you’ll burn wildlife from a selection of patterns. You do not need to be an artist—if you can trace lines, Michele Parsons can teach you how to Woodburn using patterns. Michele will cover the basics of woodburning using variable-temperature equipment, which is not the same as the craft wood burners that you may be familiar with from Scouts. Materials Cost: $10. Michele will send students a tool list in advance and has 5 woodburning units to loan on a first come basis. Visit Michele’s website at www.ParsonsWoodArtistry.com for contact information and to view samples of her work


Old World Chip Carving

Jan Jenson - 2 Day Class

Old World Chip Carving patterns are more geometric than traditional chip carving. Patterns are applied directly to the projects so carving can start immediately — no drawing. Learn how to do Old World Chip Carving on a practice piece and then do a small project, like a 6” square box or a 8-deck card box (also called a single recipe box). Prices: $20 to $27, both will be available plus others. You will need a good chip carving knife and a good light. All other supplies will be provided. Several designs are available from which to choose.

One Day Classes: Wednesday, June 15

Carol Jean Boyd Singleton - 1 Day Class

Carve about a 20” cypress knee.

Cypress knees are soft, sometimes have punky spots, and thus present interesting challenges in carving. We use a wide variety of tools, including rotary tools, power chisels, palm tools, knives, and wood burners. Finishes included acrylics for eyes and details, oil paints for the clothing, and Deft semi-gloss overall.


One Day Classes: Saturday, June 18

Denny Neubauer - 1 Day Class

Forging carving knife

You will learn the art of forging a knife blade out of a drill bit. Hardening and tempering the blade. Securing the blade in the handle of your choice. Take some of the mysteries out of sharpening. Having a problem with a tool? We will solve it. Material fee $20 - Extra material will be available for purchase

Dennis Neubauer: 815-238-5296 email: Neubauer.dennis@yahoo.com

Ryan Olsen1 Day Class

Ryan brings his 25 years of woodcarving experience to his students. In this exciting 1-day class, students will get a taste of his process, techniques, and even a little of his humor. Students will choose from many different 3" figures, some old, some new. There will be go-by's and as many little people as you would like to carve in a day. Ryan is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America.

Michele Parsons - 1 Day Class

Intro to Pyrography: Leather

Have you tried burning on leather? Michele Parsons will teach the basics of burning on leather from her new Fox Chapel book, Leather Pyrography. Students will be using variable-temperature equipment, which is not the same as the craft wood burners that you may be familiar with from Scouts. You do not need to be an artist—if you can trace lines, Michele can teach you how to burn using patterns. Materials cost: Leather coasters, key fobs, bracelets, etc. ($3.50-$8 depending on your choices). Michele will send students a tool list in advance and has 5 woodburning units to loan on a first come basis. Visit Michele’s website at www.ParsonsWoodArtistry.com for contact info and to view samples of her work