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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp, and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a four-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Fri, Feb 25th, 2022  –  Tue, Mar 1st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
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Basic Relief Carving

We will welcome esteemed woodcarver and instructor Mary May as our Featured Instructor for Wood Week 2022. In this course, Mary will teach a variety of relief carving techniques, beginning with basic shell and floral motifs. She will discuss how to work with the grain and address issues that arise…
Tue, Mar 15th, 2022  –  Thu, Mar 17th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mary May
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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, Dec 4th, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 5th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
Fri, Feb 4th, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 6th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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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 learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools – the adze, axe, gouge push knife, and others. During this class, topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use…
Fri, Jan 14th, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 16th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Jon Strom
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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives, & Spoons

Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and native woods. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of ‘köksredskap,' or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons, or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log,…
Tue, Mar 15th, 2022  –  Thu, Mar 17th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Jon Strom
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Figure Carving: Scandinavian Style

Beginning and experienced carvers will enjoy this opportunity to focus on figures carved in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Tool sharpening and the history of carving are presented at the start of the course and the instructor will lead you through an initial figure in step-by-step fashion. Students can then carve…
Tue, Mar 15th, 2022  –  Thu, Mar 17th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Bruce Futterer
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Floral Relief Carving

We will welcome esteemed woodcarver and instructor Mary May as our Featured Instructor for Wood Week 2022. In this course, Mary will teach a variety of relief carving techniques focused on floral motifs. She will discuss how to work with the grain and address issues that arise when the grain…
Sat, Mar 19th, 2022  –  Mon, Mar 21st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mary May
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Hand Carved Bowls: The Breakfast Bowl

Whether filled with granola or oats, Cheerios or Frosted Flakes, a breakfast bowl is a welcome companion in the morning. Small wooden bowls are warm, tactile, and ready to personally customize with decorative carving or coloration. In this class students will have the opportunity to make several bowls from fresh…
Sat, Mar 19th, 2022  –  Tue, Mar 22nd, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Paul Linden
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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, kolrosing is cutting an…
Tue, Mar 15th, 2022  –  Thu, Mar 17th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Liesl Chatman
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Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: 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…
Fri, Dec 3rd, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 5th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Paul Linden, Jim Sannerud
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Wood Carving Tutorial

Break out the v-gouges and chisels! This tutorial format course is a great opportunity to get going on a new carving project or finish up something you’ve already started, all under the expert guidance of instructor Phil Odden. Phil specializes in Nordic-style carving and will have a variety of projects…
Wed, Nov 17th, 2021  –  Fri, Nov 19th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Phillip Odden
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for seasonal income, and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs, and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition…
Thu, Nov 4th, 2021  –  Sat, Nov 6th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Nov 7th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sat, Mar 19th, 2022  –  Mon, Mar 21st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Tue, Mar 22nd, 2022
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler