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Currently Scheduled Woodcarving Courses

5 days
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All From One Tree

This course offers a full immersion into the signature tree of the boreal forest: the white birch. The objects that can be made using all parts of this tree are many. Using a slojd knife, students will carve the freshly harvested green wood into butter spreaders, cheese boards, coats hooks…
Tue, Jul 17th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 1/2 Days
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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 three-day exploration of the principles of making wooden machines and the simple mechanisms that make things move. Beginning with the design process,…
Wed, Jan 17th, 2018  –  Sat, Jan 20th, 2018
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
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 learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools – the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. During this class, topics including selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing,…
Fri, Feb 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 11th, 2018
Instructor: Jon Strom
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 birch, you’ll use simple hand tools and carving…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Jon Strom
2 Days
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Crafting the Carver's Drawknife

For woodworking projects from chair making to spoon carving and beyond, a small sharp drawknife is an ideal tool. Used in conjunction with a vise or shaving horse, this tool can rapidly remove large amounts of material or delicately create smooth finished surfaces on both flat planes and compound curves.…
Sat, Jan 20th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 21st, 2018
Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
3 days
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Hand Carved Wooden Signs

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…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen
3 days
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Knife Skills & Decoration

Ready to cut to the core of the matter?  No matter what the project is, traditional woodworking requires a solid command of two fundamental tools: the axe and the knife. This will be mostly a process/skill building workshop for folks who have some knife and axe carving experience but are…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
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 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Alex Yerks
3 days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Carving: The Dala Horse

Does the thought of Wood Week have you all rearing to go? Why not kick things off by carving and painting a Dala horse? Harley Refsal will lead students through the stable, and introduce traditional Swedish Versions, as well as some of their Nordic and New World Dalapalooza cousins. This…
Tue, Mar 6th, 2018  –  Thu, Mar 8th, 2018
Instructor: Harley Refsal
3 Days
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Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving

This course provides beginning carvers with the opportunity to carve 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…
Wed, Jun 20th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Harley Refsal
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…
Mon, Jun 18th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen
3 days
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Viking Era Carving

The 1904 excavation in Norway of the Oseberg Viking ship revealed a vast array of woodcarvings, unlike anything seen previously. Dragon-like head posts, elaborately carved sleighs, an exquisite wagon, and of course, the carvings on the ship itself revealed the extent of the imagination and skill for the woodcarvers in…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Jay Haavik
3 Days
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is an old folk tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, 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…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Wed, Jun 27th, 2018
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Jarrod Dahl