This course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. We will focus on song birds commonly found in the sub-boreal forest of the Lake Superior region. Of course, each bird is different but the general form, anatomy, and carving techniques are transferable to many carving projects. In the course we will acquaint ourselves with bird anatomy to help develop an eye for the finished forms that we’re trying to achieve. Students will learn various knife grasps to effectively and safely shape wooden blanks. We will discuss material selection as well as tool sharpening so students can continue developing their skills at home. The carved and painted details bring these carvings to life. We will discuss paint, painting techniques, and other finishing details along the way. Students may purchase additional blanks to take home with them.
North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. Students will be asked to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Fixed blade straight knife (Pinewood Forge Harley knife is carried in the school store. Call ahead for availability - 218-387-9762)
- Lots of layers, including a raincoat and footwear. We will plan to have open windows and lots of outdoor activity when possible.
- Sunscreen, sunhat, again for extra outdoor time
- Please be sure to bring a mask(s) that fits you well and can be worn for an extended period of time.
Feel free to bring other carving tools such as small gouges, v-tools, and knives.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.