Instructors
Instructors for 2022

 

Welcome to the list of instructors for 2022You can visit their personal pages for more detail about an instructor. To access their personal page click on the underlined name. The academy board is working with the instructors at this time.  There are several instructor that are working on whether they will be able to attend, they are still listed and this list will be updated as we finalize the academy instructors lineup.

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."

Pat Moore
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Pat Moore

Pat Moore

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.

Ryan Olsen
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Ryan Olson

Ryan first became interested in carving when he was very young.  When he was only seven, he had his very own pocket knife that he had found in the dirt and kept hidden from his parents.  Ryan and the neighbor kids would sit in the shade during long summer days and carve bark that they pried off of the family pine tree.  He began carving seriously while he was earning his master’s degree in opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Ryan carved on his own for the first five years or so.  Ryan has won a number of competitions.  He has become known for his innovative,  clean style and his ability to capture female subjects in wood.
  One of Ryan’s greatest joys in woodcarving is participating in the Caricature Carvers of America .  He loves meeting with fellow caricature carvers each year at different destinations around the country.  He travels the country to teach woodcarving seminars and attend woodcarving shows whenever he can.

Charley Phillips
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Charley Phillips

Charley Phillips

Charley Phillips is known for her delicate floral carvings on many practical and useful items such as signs, dresser boxes and mirror frames.
A decorative painter for many years, she turned to woodcarving in 1995.

Her work has won awards in several regional woodcarving shows. She has written articles for "Woodcarving illustrated" featuring her unique floral relief carving projects.

Mike Reifel
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Mike Reifel is a fabulous wood carver! He is fond of carving dragons but any piece of wood he starts to carve is a work of art.