2018 Classes
2018 Classes

The instructors and classes for 10th annual Northwest Carving Academy, July 9-13, 2018. 

Wayne Barton                      Chip Carving a cribbage board

Gil Drake                             Spoons 1,2,3,4, or 5 day class

Debbe Edwards                   Snow Leopard Head

Josh Guge                           Western Tanager

Chris Hammack                   Caricature Carving              

Jeff Harness                         Cottonwood Bark     

JoAnn Hart                           Baskets              

George Hart                         Sally Bag

Pat Moore                            Carving and Painting an Old World Santa

Charlie Phillips                     Basket with carved flowers

Mike Reifel                           Marionette either a Fuzzy Chested Blue Crested Dikkop or Red Waddle Shore Bird

Bob Travis                            Caricature Carving

Dick Wilk                             NW Style Carving  Box Front Panel either a simple or complex design
                                            or a previous projects Bear Mask, Raven Bowl, Wolf Mask, T-Bird Rattle, Orca Frontlet

Just for fun

Quilters and crafter group      

Wayne Barton-Chip Carving
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The class project is to embellish a cribbage board with chip carving.  Wayne will cover advanced concepts of design, carving and finishing.

A great class for learning chip carving or advancing your current skills.

Gil Drake- Spoons
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Gil Drake will be teaching spoon carving.

Class can be taken for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days.

Debbe Edwards
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The class project is a Snow Leopard bust.  The class will cover carving, texturing, woodburning and painting.

You will need carving tools, woodburner, paints and brushes. 
The tools used by the instructor are a knife, #3 gouge, 1/2' U-gouge, 1/4" U gouge, 3/16" veiner, 1/8" veiner.  The instructor will have some tools available for sale. 

Cost of roughout to be determined.

Josh Guge
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The class project is a Western Tanager.   This is a power carving class.

Wood cut-out, pattern and references will be provided.  

Recommended tools and supplies: 
Micromotor or other power carver, extension cord with multiple outlet box, table lamp, grinding and texturing bits, wood burner and dust collector. 
..epoxy putty (Quikwood) or blue/yellow ribbon epoxy, or Apoxie Sculpt, super glues,
..paint brushes with a good point and filberts (rounded end brushes), palette and palette knife for color mixing, water container, spray bottle, paper towels, Gesso & stiff brush for application, hair dryer, acrylic paints, painters tape for masking off areas, paint stick and base to hold carving while painting.
 ..airbrush, hose, and compressor (Josh will have one compressor for use to help paint or bring your own if you want)
Josh will be mixing colors for the carvings he teaches in the class.

Cost roughout and supplies to be determined.

Class: 12-15 students. 

Chris Hammack
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Cowboy and his Horse
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Carvers will have a choice of carving any caricature from Cris' collection, visit his website to select.   Chris Hammack is a gifted caricature carver.  In his class even the most experienced carver will learn a few new tricks. Shown is an example of the 2016 class projects.

Chris carves with about three tools. A knife, an 1/8" V gouge, and a #9 11mm-13mm gouge. 90% of each carving is carved with a knife.


Cost of roughout to be determined.

Jeff Harness
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This class is for intermediate to advanced carvers who want to carve more realistic faces with emotion.  Suffer from the heartbreak of chronic flat face?  Jeff will teach you the planes of the face, relative proportions and facial anatomy.  Jeff has studied under Marv Kaizersatt, Jeff Phares, Phillip Faraut and Terry Kramer, among others, and has been studying, carving and sculpting faces for 20 years.  After taking this class, you will never look at faces the same way.  Sharp tools, note taking materials, and imagination required.   

Tools needed:

Kevlar safety glove
A sharp rough out and detail knives  
Palm gouges that range in sizes from small (2mm - 5mm), medium (8mm to 12mm), and large (16mm to 25mm), in sweeps of 3 (shallow), 5, 7, 9, and 11 (No mallet tools!)
Flexcut soft V, pair of dividers, note taking materials 

Instructor will supply hand-out training aids, angle guides, carving boards and stropping station, as well as sealer, varnish and antiquing supplies and brushes.

Cost of cottonwood bark from Canada to be determined.

George Hart- Sally Bag
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This small basket and the techniques students will learn are inspired by the basketry of the Peoples of the Mid-Columbia River, it’s tributaries, and the plateau above. George Hart will guide students through learning to graph their own design and to twine the designs using multiple colors into a small example of a “sally bag” style basket. Students will learn techniques using non-traditional materials and their own designs to make this approximately 3” tall by 2” diameter, finely twined basket.

Materials Fee:  range between $25.00

Suggested tools: Towel, spray bottle, large darning needle, packing tool, scissors, a basin to soak reeds in, pocket knife or carving knife, tape measure, something to use as a weight that is 6"-12" long, optional is additional light such as an Ott light.

Time: two days to complete

JoAnn Hart-Baskets
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This is a fun and functional cedar bark basket for all levels of experience. All the native plant materials for use by students have all been respectfully gathered and prepared by JoAnn and George Hart of Seabeck, Washington. JoAnn is a generous teacher who will guide students through learning how to do 2-strand twining, a design technique called overlaying, and weaving and shaping without using a mold. This beautiful basket will be finished with a common traditional Pacific Northwest rim. Gathering and preparation of materials will be discussed.

image 3:  Abalone Shell Using Pacific Northwest sweet grass, western red cedar and the blue opulence abalone shell, we weave together the pictureque pacific costal mountains, the sound of the waves lapping the shores and the poppingof sweetgrass as gatherers walk bare footed under the blue sky in the tidal flats. Material: 12-15 year old Red Pacific Abalone 7+ inches, western red cedar bark, Pacific NW sweet grass.  All materials were legally harvested with love and care. 

Cost of material: $140.00  Time 3 or 4 days to complete depending on shell size and weaving skill. 

Tools: bring scissors, measuring tape, pocket knife, large eyed darning needle, spray bottle, basin, small towel, and small packing tool without a sharp point.  Bone awl is great if you have one.

image 4:  Triple Wall Cedar Basket  it is 4" high x 2.5" wide. This basket is triple walled with inner, outer and middle warps and wefts to create a utilitarian storage basket.  Vertical designs with black dyed cedar.  Rim is a traditional cedar folded rim.  Focus is on technique.  Material is Western red cedar bark, various twinning materials. 

Cost of material: $80.00. Time to complete is 10 hours.  Kits are pre-made and materials were respectfully gathered and prepared.

image 5:  Cedar Pouch 4.5" tall x 5" long x1" wide. You will be the belle of the ball sporting this woven cedar pouch.  Great for your cell phone or valuables.  Can be worn around the neck or over the shoulder.  Bring your favorite bead or embelishments.  Techniques taught: continuous 2/2 twill, weaving on a mold, basic twinning, folded traditional rim. Materials: western red cedar bark, 4 ply waxed linnen or other cords, leather. 

Cost of material: $75.00.  Time 8 hours.

Tools to bring: spray bottle, tapestry needle, scissors, tape measure, small towel, awl if you have one, packing tool that doesn't have a sharp point.

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