2017 Classes

The instructors and classes for 2017.  These are the classes taught in July 2017. 

Wayne Barton                         Chip Carving       Carvers choice                 

 Penny Burns                          Nantucket Baskets....

 Chris Hammack                      Caricature Carving...Carvers choice, see his web site for selections                  

 Jeff Harness                           Cottonwood Bark ...  Pony Express Rider                     

 Pat Moore                              Carving and Painting a Santa or a Wizard

Charlie Phillips                         Basket with carved flowers

Mike Reifel                              Red Wattle bowlegged shorebird- Marionette

 Jerry Simchuk                        Bird Carving ...Nuthatch                                 

 Fred & Elaine Stenman          Relief Carving with Woodburning...choose from any of the designs they bring                  

 Bob Travis                             Caricature Carving...King of the Road

Chris Wetherbee                     Sculpting and/or Caricature Carving

Dick Wilk                                 NW Style Carving  Frontlet or Rattle

Wayne Barton-Chip Carving
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 Shown are examples of Wayne's work.

Wayne has not yet selected the 2-3 projects you can choice from. Pictures of the choices will be posted as soon as he selects them. He will also cover advanced concepts of design, carving and finishing.

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

Penny Burns-Nantucket Baskets
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Penny Burns Nantucket Basket class is unique for the Academy, you can take her class for one day or up to 5 days, this allows you to fit it into your schedule. 

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, just take time

Cost of material varies on which basket you make.

Chris Hammack
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Cowboy and his Horse

Chris class will be a carvers choice from his 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 project

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

Visit his web site to see more of his work.

Cost of roughout to be determined.

Jeff Harness
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Pony Express Rider is the 2017 project.  This is a great seminar for beginners and advanced carvers.  Cottonwood bark carving is a great way to learn a new carving skill. 

Level: novice, intermediate or advanced (no beginners)

Tools:no mallet tools!
Kevlar safety glove
Rough out and detail knives (sharp)
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
Flexcut soft V Pair of dividers
Note taking materials
Instructor will supply hand-out training aids, angle guides, carving boards and stropping stations, as well as sealer, varnish and antiquing supplies and brushes.

Cost of cottonwood bark from Canada cost is estimated at $18.00.

Pat Moore-Santa or Wizard
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Carve and Paint a Santa or a Wizard.   In this class Pat breaks down the class step by step, focusing on many aspects of carving including facial detail, hair and beard texturing, along with her painting technique for bringing carvings to life.

Most of the fine detail is done with a detail knife along with 2-3mm veiners & v-tools.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Bring your favorite carving knives, hand palm tools & gouges (no power). Carving glove & light if desired. 

Cost of the roughouts is $24.95

Charley Phillips- Basket with flowers
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Basket with carved flowers.  The basket is a turned bowl, no carving will be done on it, woodburning and washes will bring it to life.  You will carve the flowers that form the lid.

Bring your pencil, carving glove, Palm tools: #3- 1/8th, 1/4, 1/2 & 1 inch; #5 – ¼ inch, #11 – 2, 3, 5, 7 & 10mm; a spoon gouge #9/10mm to hollow out the leaf.  Set of files & Sandpaper of various grits.

Maximum number of 12 Students.

The cost of the blank for this project is to be determined.

Class: Min. 4 students

Mike Reifel
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Mike Reifel will be teaching a Red Wattle Shorebird Marionette.  What a great fun project for carving and making it a marionette.

Marrionette Project
You have always wanted one.  Now is your chance.
The basic Red Wattle project is carved from basswood approximately 10” high, 8” long and 8”wide.  Neck, tail, and wings are attached with leather.  The leg joints are made with Popsicle sticks and toothpicks or Kebob skewers for pins.  Legs are attached to the body with wooden pegs.
You can make one like mine or any other two legged creature you might think of.  I will cover basic design, stringing the marionette, and control (controls provided).
Experience: Beginner-advanced, can be challenging for anyone.  The project involves large and small parts, some precision and some basic engineering.


Tools needed:
Basic carving knives and gouges for hand carving.
Glue: both Super and wood glue.
Pencil and paper (blank or graph).
If you want to color your creation bring: acrylics, stains, watercolors, oil pastels, even crayons will work.  Bring whatever you prefer and brushes or leave it unpainted.  I prefer to use watercolors or oil pastels. 
It would be helpful to have:
Small files (I use diamond fine tip file set)
Drill for small drill bits and drill bits (1/8 inch or less).  I use a pin vise (AKA finger drill).
A small vise or clamps for holding parts that may need to be sawn.
A small hand saw.
A small drafting set (at least compass and straight edge ruler).

$35.00 for the Kit

Jerry Simchuk- Nuthatch
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Red Breasted Nuthatch

  Jerry Simchuk, a renowned bird carver, is offering a class in carving and painting a Nuthatch for the 2017 Northwest Carving Academy.  Jerry is not only a phenomenal sculptor but also a wonderful teacher.  If you are looking to raise your level of expertise, Jerry is the one to do it for you.

During this 5-day class here are some of the many things you will learn: anatomy, carving techniques, feather groups, texturing, carving to help your painting, painting with acrylics, color layering, wet blending, soft color transitions, adding more life to your paint, artistic license, artistry & composition, and more.

This is a short 5-day class so there will not be time enough to cover legs and habitat.  If you wish to bring a pre-finished habitat you may do so.

 For those signed up a list of supplies and materials will be provided in advance of the class.  A kit with cutout and eyes will be made available for purchase for those signed up.  For those who may want an extra kit be sure to notify Jerry in advance so these extra kits can be made available in time for class.  In addition to the kits an instructional book and study cast are also available for purchase at the beginning of class upon prior request.

Class: 13-15 students.

General Supplies

Power Carver, dust collector, bits, Extension cord and Power outlet strip
Pen, Pencil & paper
Any reference you wish to bring on the class subject (photos, etc.)

Painting Supplies
Brushes (ultra rounds #2, #4, rounds #2, #4, blenders #4, #6, #8, oval #2 - #8, philbert #2 - #4, wash brush ½”, bristle brushes #1 - #4, etc.)
Hair Dryer
Paints - (I will be supplying Jo Sonja’s so you don’t need any – if you wish to bring your own I will provide a color list a few weeks before class)
Testers Dull Coat (paint sealer)
Paint pallet or equivalent
Water cup(s) for paint brushes
Paper Towel roll and Cloth Towel
Paint mixing tool (stick, pallet knife, toothpicks, etc.)
Paint Stick (to hold bird)
Eye dropper 

Cost of material to be determined.