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Axe Work for Women and Non-Binary Carvers

Join us for three days of chopping, carving, and hollowing wooden vessels using all hand tools. Axe carving is physically demanding, so during this class we will focus on body mechanics and ergonomic tool use in order to develop stamina and minimize strain. We will start each day with an…
Fri, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
2 Days
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Bird Carving

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,…
Sat, Aug 1st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
3 Days
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Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Make the wood chips fly!  This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and to learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools—the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. Topics to be explored include selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
Tue, Sep 15th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
3 days
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Carved Decoration: 17th-Century English Style

Peter Follansbee has specialized for 25 years in making reproductions of 17th-century style oak furniture, based on originals from both England and New England. Most of this furniture features extensive carved decoration. This 3-day class will explore the carved decoration in great detail. Using just a few carving gouges, compass,…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Mon, Mar 9th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
2 Days
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Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

Carve a wooden figure for the upcoming holiday season—either as a gift for someone special, or for yourself (since you are special, too, right?). Harley, who says, "If you can peel a potato, you can carve a figure," will lead new as well as experienced carvers through the process of…
Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
2 Days
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Carving Facial Detail

Weathered lines on faces can tell a thousand stories…and present a challenge to any woodcarver. Face up to any fears you may have and spend two days carving eyes, ears, noses, mouths and beards with Bruce Futterer. Focusing especially on fishermans’ faces, Bruce will have a number of projects from…
Wed, Mar 4th, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Bruce Futterer
3 Days
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Carving Ladles & Spoons

The spoon is in the eye of the beholder. A crooked branch can become a perfect ladle; a slight bend makes a lovely eating spoon. Enjoy three days of handwork in this greenwood carving class focused on ladles and spoons. Working with native woods, you’ll use simple hand tools and…
Fri, Sep 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jon Strom
5 Days
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Five Days: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning as well as experienced carvers the opportunity to carve several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with an overview of tool sharpening and safety, the course offers hands-on carving experience as you complete each figure in step-by-step fashion. The figures will be painted, and an…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
2 Days
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Kolrosing: Decorative Line Carving

Kolrosing is like scrimshaw on wood and a great way to decorate spoons, spreaders, and plates. It doesn’t involve specialized tools, strength, or a studio. In fact, you can do it in your lap and carry everything you need in a pencil case! Rather than removing material, to kolrosing is…
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liesl Chatman
3 Days
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Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple fact: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Paul Linden, Jim Sannerud
3 Days
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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

The kuksa is an old-style wooden cup made to travel far and wide and be at the ready, whether the beverage of choice is water from a Boundary Waters lake, coffee of any quality, or even a splash of something stronger (so we’ve been told). Over three days, students will…
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Mon, Mar 9th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Alex Yerks
4 Days
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Large-Scale Dragon Head Carving

Dragons and their brethren have a long and checkered history with humans, sometimes adversarial, sometimes protective. The carving techniques used in this class were handed down from the Viking era (800-1200) and used on Viking long boats as well as the Oseberg ship. Carve a large-scale dragon head of your…
Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Tue, Mar 10th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jock Holmen
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to create several figures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Beginning with tool sharpening, the course provides hands-on carving experience as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. You will then paint the figures and apply a final oil finish. After this initial…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Wed, Jun 17th, 2020  –  Fri, Jun 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
1.5 Days
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The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching, & Drumming

The timeless beat of the drum stems back to a time when we made our own music, literally from the ground up. Before drum shops and before Putumayo, materials were hand-harvested from the forest to create wonderful sounds, and were used to find rhythm in the world. In this course…
Sat, Oct 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 11th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-Noon
Instructors: Eric Mase, Dayna Mase
4 Days
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Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts, and More

Meet Jock Holmen, the “Norwegian Termite”: when it comes to carving on timbers, you can’t “stump” him. From blueberries to little people, lettering to logos, Jock can help you chisel your ideas into white pine as you design and carve decorative embellishments for your home. Choose from a variety of…
Thu, Oct 1st, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 4th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jock Holmen