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Hand-Carved Wooden Signs

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Course Overview

Personalize any place by creating a hand-carved wooden sign. Woodcarver Jock Holmen will teach the entire sign-making process, from proper design to layout, letter and incise carving, painting, and finishing options while students work on a personal project. Whether it will hang at the cabin, the garden, a business, or bedroom, a handcrafted sign is a great addition. Instruction will include both incised and raised letters. Day one focuses on design and layout, with days two and three spent carving the sign. Finishing options will be discussed in detail so that students will leave with a clear idea of how to paint and complete their carved sign. The instructor will contact students ahead of time to discuss their projects; there may be limitations due to time and materials. Maximum project size, 48”x12”. A materials fee of approximately $55 will be due to the instructor during class.

Materials Fee

  • A materials fee of approximately $55 will be due to the instructor during class.

Required Tools 

  • All required tools will be provided by the instructor. Tool use is part of the materials fee.
  • Students are requested to bring two examples of letter styles they like to class.

Optional Tools 

  • Carving knife
  • V-gouges in any size; recommend  #12-10mm V gouge; #2-8mm gouge ; #5-16mm gouge


Fri, Oct 27th, 2023  –  Sun, Oct 29th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jock Holmen
Jock Holmen
Burnsville, MN

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Hand-Carved Wooden Signs