When you ask those that have attended The MAWA 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 then 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
42nd Annual MAWA Woodcarving Experience at Doane

SUNDAY JULY 22, 2018

Noon-4:30…… REGISTRATION- NEW Location in the Communications Building

4:00 PM............First Timers Informational Meeting

5:00 PM ………DINNER- Perry Center Cafeteria


Announcements, introductions, instructions and important news. In the   Cafeteria!

7:00-7:45 PM…VISIT WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR                                                            
Go to your classroom. At this time, you will pay your instructor for materials (get a receipt), and learn about the project you will be working on in class. 

Note: Carvers using benches are responsible for taking down the benches on Friday. A $5.00 fee is required. Please pay your instructor this fee.

MONDAY –FRIDAY - July 22-28, 2018

7:00- 8:00 AM…BREAKFAST- Perry Center Cafeteria. 

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.

11:00AM-12:30 PM…LUNCH- Perry Center Cafeteria

5:00- 6:30 PM…………DINNER-Perry Center Cafeteria


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. When signing up for an impromptu class, you will be required to pay for that class. Do not take your name off the list without instructor’s approval in advance. 

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018


Raffle and Auction - The money raised from this year's raffle and auction will go towards funding an award at the International Woodcarver's Congress, the Fall Show, and other club projects. Your generous participation in the raffle is greatly appreciated.  A special thank you to all who have donated items for this event.
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FRIDAY July 27, 2018


Bring your carvings to the Communications Building 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!

SATURDAY July 28, 2018

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

General Information

Take a moment and check out the Doane Universtiy website.

You will enjoy walking the campus with its gardens, the swans on 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
- 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.

Attend the First Timers meeting.

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 July 10, 2018.

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 One-A-Day classes and a project room are offered for them.

Why "The MAWA Woodcarving Experience"?