Instructors
Instructors for 2018

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Welcome to the Instructors for 2018You can visit their personal pages for more detail about an instructor. 

Please check back every so often as additional instructors may be added to the 2018 Academy.  They will be added to our web page as soon as the information is available.

Here, you will have a moment to learn about who the NW Carving Academy instructors are, their backgrounds and some of the things that have brought them along their path to this place and time to be with you.  Each one has a unique background that has formed their knowledgebase, tools and teaching skills.  Ask questions, take notes and enjoy...

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Wayne Barton
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Wayne Barton

Wayne Barton

Wayne is a professional woodcarver who took his formal training in the woodcarving center of Brienz, Switzerland.  Though versed in all disciplines of woodcarving, he specializes in chip carving; his work can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia, and North America.  He is the only American to have his chip carvings in special exhibition at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.  He was named Woodcarver of the Year by the editors of Woodcarving Illustrated in 2005.  Wayne has written seven popular books on chip carving and has make several appearances on The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips and The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill.  He also has designed and manufactures chip carving knives and sharpening stones recognized for their exceptional quality by enthusiasts.

Wayne is the founder and director of the Alpine School of Woodcarving, Ltd., the oldest establishment in North America dedicated to the learning and study of chip carving and devotes much of his time teaching in the United States, Canada, and Switzerland.  He has won both national and international recognition for his work and contributions to the woodcarving community in general.     

Penny Burns-Nantucket Baskets
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Penny Burns owned an American Art & Craft store for 28 years.  Teaching crafts has always been very rewarding but teaching Nantucket Lightship Baskets has been most the exciting.  Penny has been weaving baskets for 12 years and teaching for 9 years.  She offers you a choice from over 20 baskets of various sizes and shapes.

Debbe Edwards
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Debbe Edwards

Debbe Edwards lives on a farm in N.E. Oklahoma, and is one of the top wildlife carver in the U.S.  She has been carving wood since 1990, and began teaching seminars in 1994.  She has won many top awards throughout the Midwest at Woodcarving, Fine Art and Indian Art Shows.

Debbe is known for her realistic animals, and also carves in several types of stone.  Her classes focus on anatomy, hair texture, and expression on each animal.  She teaches through group demonstration and individual help in her classes.

Joshua Guge
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Joshua Guge

Josh Guge  

Josh is a 3rd generation wood sculptor, born into a family of very talented artists. At an early age Josh learned the art of wood sculpting from his father and grandfather. Roy Guge, grandfather, sculpts duck decoys for hunting. Bob Guge became a full time bird carver.

By the age of thirteen, Joshua was selling his sculptures to art galleries and he began competing by the age of seventeen. He has won "Best of Show" honors. In 2000 he began a series of cast reproductions for the Danbury Mint. He has a company called "Fins in Wood."

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Chris Hammack

Chris Hammack

Chris Hammack loves to whittle and make people laugh.  Chris’ carving career began 25 years ago after a thirty foot fall landed him in the hospital.  During a five month convalescence he picked up a piece of firewood and a pocket knife and began carving caricatures, of which he had sketched as a young boy growing up in Texas.  Within two years, Chris began competing in carving competitions returning home with First Place Awards. 

The years following would bring national seminars, art pieces presented to U.S Senators, mayors and actors. Hammack’s artwork has been featured on Leanin’ Tree cards for over twenty years. Chris started a successful business in Colorado and his art work went around the globe. “ I was told one couldn’t make a living whittling. I’m proud to have proved you can”, Chris says with a smile.

Today, Chris is back to his roots in Texas where he continues to create new characters/scenes and taking them straight to a fresh block of wood. Through his artwork Chris shares his intuitive knowledge of the cowboy lifestyle and the humor therein.“A good piece of basswood, a freshly sharpened knife and a funny story; all great materials.” Chris proclaims.

Jeff Harness
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Jeff Harness

Jeff Harness was born in Branson, Missouri and later grew up in the Hannibal area. He was fascinated with art in all forms, at an early age. Sketching and painting in watercolors, oils and acrylics eventually led to more 3 dimensional medias such as clay and wood sculpture. After a career as a digital hardware design engineer, wood sculpture became a full time occupation.

He got his start by taking classes from Kelley Stadelman, Dave Disselbret, and Terry Kramer, all Oregon carvers, then went on to study under Marv Kaisersatt, Nora Hall and others. His greatest influence came from classes with Jeff Phares and Phillip Faraut, masters of the human face and expression. While Jeff has carved many different subjects from dragons and gargoyles to bears, eagles and dolphins, in-the-round and relief, he prefers to specialize in realistic head busts. More recently his focus is upon the ethnic tribes of the North American continent. His goal is to not only accurately represent the specific tribal facial features, but to capture emotions appropriate to the subject matter.

Jeff currently resides in Hillsboro, Oregon and teaches wood carving at the Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove. For more photos of Jeff’s work, check out his Facebook page.

Donna Miller
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Donna Miller

Art has been Donna's life since she was a small child. Throughout the years, she's worked as a freelance artist, a technical illustrator with the U.S. Marine Corp, and a teacher. She currently is a volunteer painter of carousel animals.

Of all the mediums tried, Donna says her passion is wood carving and pyrography.

Pat Moore
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Pat Moore

Pat Moore


Carve & Paint an Old World Blue Santa

Pat Moore is a North Dakota resident who has been carving & painting for over 30 years.  She has won several Best of Show Awards and numerous blue ribbons at shows across the country.  She has been featured on HGTV along with several articles in Chip Chats, Woodcarving Illustrated and has had the frequent honor of judging at woodcarving shows.  As an instructor she travels throughout the U.S. teaching seminars and sharing her techniques.