2015 Classes

The instructors and classes for 2015.

Wayne Barton                        Chip Carving                         

 Penny Burns                          Nantucket Baskets....

 Debbe Edwards                     Animal Carving.... Wolf bust or mask    

 Chris Hammack                     Caricature Carving...Baseball pitcher                             

 Jeff Harness                           Cottonwood Bark ...  Red Cloud the Elder"                           

 Pat Moore                              Assorted Carving class (no painting)   see description below                        

 Harley Refsal                         Scandinavian Style Carving

 Jerry Simchuk                        Bird Carving ...Lazuli Bunting                                    

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

 Bob Travis                             Caricature Carving...

Dick Wilk                                 NW Style Carving  Haida Humanoid Bear Mask

Wayne Barton-Chip Carving
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The 2015 class can select from multiple options offered by Wayne Barton.

There are designs for those who have little or no carving experience. You concentrate on how to properly sharpen tools, the basic techniques of chip carving, and executing essential patterns and designs, with emphasis on how to create borders, grids, rosettes, lettering, and free form ideas. For those who have a working knowledge of chip carving emphasis will be on the various aspects of design, including balance, contrast, and proportion.

Cost of material to be determined.


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.

Debbe Edwards -Wolf
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The 2015 class project will be a wolf.  This project can be carved as either a mask or a bust

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/" U gouge, 3/16" veiner, 1/8" veiner.  The instructor will have some tools available for sale. 

Cost of roughout to be determined.

Chris Hammack
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Ball Player

Chris will be carving the Baseball Player he is approximately 10" tall.  Chris Hammack is a gifted caricature carver.  In his class even the most experienced carver will learn a few new tricks.

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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Red Cloud the Elder carving in cottonwood bark, he is from the Oglala Clan of the Lakota Sioux.

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 to be determined.

Pat Moore
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Assorted Projects (no painting)

Choice from her collection of over 30 roughouts.  Some of her projects include Santa's, Indians, Caricatures, Birds, Dragons, and other animals.

This classs is designed with each student's individual needs in mind!  Accomplish your specific needs, such as laying out faces, hands, hair or fur texture etc.  Work on a specific areas on several roughouts or concentrate on finishing one-you choose!

 This project will be carved from a Roughout using hand & palm tools (NO POWER).  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 roughouts to be determined.

Harley Refsal – Flat Plane Caricature
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The Scandinavian flat plane style of woodcarving is a style of figure carving. The figures are carved in flat planes, created primarily with a carving knife.  Tool marks are typically left in the carving and very little (if any) rounding or sanding is done. Halrey will provide you an opportunity to do one or several caricatures to create. 

You can learn more about this style of carving and the history in "Woodcarving in the Scandinavian style by Harley Refsal published by Sterling Publishing Co.  Or check it out Scandainavian Flat Plane carving on the web.  There are several great articles about Harley as well.

Cost of blanks to be determined.

Jerry Simchuk- Lazuli Bunting
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Lazuli Bunting

  Jerry Simchuk, a renowned bird carver, is offering a class in carving and painting this colorful Lazuli Bunting for the 2015 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.