When you ask those that have attended The Doane Woodcarving Experience, they will tell you it is just that, an amazing experience!

Classes are held on the scenic Doane University campus. Check out the Doane University web site to preview the campus. Those attending will be staying on campus in the dorms. All housing and class buildings are air conditioned, wifi is available, as well as laundry facilities.

As many of you know, there are few people nicer and more worth meeting than carvers. Although it is an intense week of carving, there is plenty of time to meet and get to know carvers from all over the United States and Canada.

Mid-America Woodcarvers Association
47th Annual MAWA Woodcarving Experience at Doane




Go to your classroom. following the kick-off meeting, you will pay your instructor for materials, and learn about the project you will be working on in class. 

SUNDAY-THURSDAY - June 2-6, 2024

8:00- 5:00 AM…Go to class and carve, paint or whatever! Be sure to check the information board outside the cafeteria for impromptu classes or other news of interest.


Do you have a project you would like to share? Use the sign up board outside the cafeteria. Spend your evenings carving something new and different. 

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2024


Raffle and Auction - The money raised from the raffle and Auction, is used to offset the actual expenses of the workshop. Your generous participation in the raffle is greatly appreciated.  A special thank you to all who have donated items for this event.

THURSDAY, June 6, 2024


Bring your carvings by 2:00 PM and set them on the display. This is a wonderful way to show your class projects. If you want to show other carvings, there will be a special area for them. BRING YOUR CAMERA!

FRIDAY June 7, 2024

One last time to say good-bye to new and old friends. 

Take a moment and check out the Doane Universtiy website.

You will enjoy walking the campus with its gardens,the ponds, and outdoor artwork.

Comments from past participants:

"It was my first year and I felt very comfortable. I've made some new life long friends."

"My instructor was very patient and really wanted to help me bring out my talent."

"I took the techniques I learned at Doane and used them to carve an award winning carving."

"Good food, great people, awesome carving!"

"I never knew Nebraska could be so beautiful."

"The accommodations were very comfortable."

"The campus was very accessible, we appreciated being able to drive where we could not walk."

"My instructor was very knowledgeable, had several helpful suggestions, and made a great effort to give each student one on one attention."

"The chance to purchase a carving by my instructor at the auction was an incredible opportunity."

"My spouse visited me at Doane and was very impressed by how much fun everyone was having, myself included!"

"The Doane Experience; summer camp for grownups!"

Tips for First Timers

Items you may want to bring along:

- Large bath towel
- Fitted Sheets Twin XL
- Alarm clock
-Tennis shoes
-Warm weather attire
-Flash light
-A blanket
- A refillable water bottle
- Plastic waterproof basket for toiletries.
-Snacks/drinks for in your room at night if wanted.

Read your packet! You will receive an information packet when you check in, it has all the information you will need for The Doane Experience.

Plan to check out our vendors, they offer an extensive selection of woodcarving tools, supplies, roughouts, and wood.

Prior to attending Doane you may contact vendors regarding special orders and arrange for them to bring them to Doane for you.

If you want a T-shirt, order it when you register. T-Shirts may not be available to order after May 15, 2023.

A lanyard is handy to put your name tag and room keys on. You must wear your name tag at all times, it serves as your admittance to meals.

Reminder: the instructors do not accept credit cards.

Should you forget anything there is a Walmart close to campus.

Non-carving spouses are welcome to attend and  a project room is offered for them.

Why "The Doane Woodcarving Experience"?

Nearest Major Airports:
Lincoln Airport, Lincoln, Nebraska
Eppley Airport, Omaha, Nebraska

Hotel Accomodations:

​The Fairfield in located near Doane Campus in Crete, NE is offering our group a discounted room rate to any of our members that want to stay off Campus during our event. The Rate is $109.00 per night, which is a significant price reduction over the normal room rates. In order to get this rate, you must make your reservations prior to 5 PM on May 1, 2024.

Calling Fairfield Inn Crete directly at 402-318-7770 and reference the Mid-America Wood Carvers to receive the discounted rate. When making reservations, you MUST reference the Group Code and/or Group Name. 

Note: Mid-America Woodcarvers and the Doane Experience Committee are not responsible for making your hotel reservations 

Camp Ground:

For those wishing to bring campers, there is limited space available at the Tuxedo Park & Fairgrounds. You are responsible for making your own reservations. 

Tuxedo Park & Fairground (402) 826-4312