2018 Classes

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

Wayne Barton                      Chip Carving a cribbage board

Penny Burns                        Nantucket Baskets either 1,2,3,4,5 days

Gil Drake                             Spoons 1 or 3 day class Mon, Tues, or Wed only

Debbe Edwards                   Snow Leopard Head

Josh Guge                           Western Tanager

Chris Hammack                   Caricature Carving              

Jeff Harness                         Cottonwood Bark                    

Donna Miller                         Woodburning

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

Jerry Simchuk                      Legs and Habitat

Bob Travis                            Caricature Carving

Rich Wetherbee                   Sculpting and/or 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.

Penny Burns-Nantucket Lightship Baskets
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The Nantucket Lightship Basket class is unique for the Academy as it can be taken as a single day class or up to five days.     

Penny has a real passion for Nantucket Lightship Baskets.  She has been weaving them for the last 12 years and teaching the art the last 9 years.  She will offer a choice from over 20 different baskets of various sizes and shapes.  It will be a very casual class allowing students to come when they can.  All the baskets are easy to make, some taking more time than others. 

Cost of material varies on which basket you make.

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

Class can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 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.

Donna Miller
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Woodburning for all skill levels. 

The projects for 2018 will be a Hungry Bunny panel and a Bumblebee box.

Materials needed:

    wood burner

    medium ball stylus (or any tip that will allow you to smoothly change direction)

    medium writing tip

    your favorite shader

    water color pencils (optional)                                                                                    

Class limited to 10 participants