2018 Classes

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

Wayne Barton                         Chip Carving     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      

Details about the above classes are being updated so the information shown below is not complete.

Donna Miller
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Woodburning with Donna Miller

Woodburning for all skill levels.

Beginner kit includes picture frame, sandpaper and pattern of pansies
Intermediate kit includes prepared wood panel and pattern of birds on barbed wire
Advance kit includes prepared wood panel and pattern of birds on bird house
Materials needed:
    wood burner
    tips that will smoothly change any direction across surface such as a medium ball stylus or medium writing tip and a shader
    colored pencils (optional)
Class limited to 10 participants

Wayne Barton-Chip Carving
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Wayne will be carving a cribbage board.  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.

Josh Guge
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Carve a Western Tanager with Josh Guge.   This is a power carving class.

Josh will provide a wood cut out, pattern and references.  Bring dust collector, power tools and bits, light if needed.

Recommended tools
Micromotor or other power carver. Extension Cord, multiple outlet box and Table Lamp if you need more light, grinding and texturing bits, Wood Burner, 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  bring some paint, Painters tape for masking off areas, Paint stick and base to hold carving while painting.
 ..Airbrush, hose, and compressor (Josh will have one 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. 

Pat Moore-Old World Santa
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Learn Pats technique for carving & painting happier looking Santa's.  Her project this year is from an Old World Santa Roughout approx. 12 inches tall.  Instruction includes her step-by-step process focusing on facial detail, hair and beard texturing.  This class will also include her painting techniques for bring this carving to life.

Tools: Safety Glove, your favorite knives, hand palm tools including various veiners, gouges & v-tools (No Power)

Carving glove & light if desired.  Pat will supply paint & brushes for students to share, however if you have favorite brushes, feel free to bring your own.

Cost of Class Materials:  $35.00, which includes the prep material for painting, paints & roughout.

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- Legs and Habitat
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  Jerry Simchuk, a renowned bird carver, is offering a class in legs and habitat for the 2018 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.

More information on this class will be posted shortly.

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.

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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