What to expect:

The Doane Experience offers a dynamic carving experience.

Class sizes of approximately 8 to 12 students allow for individual attention from instructors.

Students will meet their instructors the evening of June 3rd. Classes unofficially start at this instructor meet and greet so bring your tools and plan to pay your instructor fees at that time. 

Students will experience 5+ days of carving and instruction.

There will be opportunities for impromptu classes during the evening. Sign-up sheets will be posted at registration.

Tool Vendor Stadtlander Woodcarving  will be onsite providing access to carving tools, books, and much more. 

Throughout the week visitors are welcome to visit classes while they are in session. Many of these visitors are past attendees, or those interested in attending next year.

There will be a Student Show Thursday June 9th displaying completed projects from all classes. 

1. Bark-A-Techiture -  Norm Minske       All Levels

Five days of carving cottonwood bark houses.  Students will all carve a basic bark house and then move into a second project, creating their own designs of cottonwood bark houses with a twist!!! The second bark house will have much more detail, with opening doors, framed windows, and various chimney shapes. Bark sizes vary and you will be able to design and carve to fit the wood. Any type of piece may be carved: house, castle, lighthouse, etc. Instructor will demonstrate carving designs, techniques, and methods. Equipment and supplies will be outlined in letter to students. Instructor will furnish bark and finishing materials. Extra materials price range approximately $15.00
2. Jaguar Bust Linda Langenberg-Curtis                Advanced
Five days of carving and painting a Jaguar Bust in Butternut. This piece is approximately 6” wide by 8” tall by 4” deep. We will use both power and hand tools, extension cords, dust collector and a good light are encouraged. A complete list of tools will be mailed to students by the instructor. 


3. A Vase with Pegasus Design- Stacy Irish-Nehl           Beginner-Advanced

Five days of carving a basswood vase with a Pegasus design. The vase will be pre-turned and ready for you to design and will be 11” to 12” high. This is a power carving class so dust collector and various power carving tools and bits will be used. You will need to have a wood burner with a ball tip to finish your project. Instructor will supply a modified stump cutter as well as paints and stains to finish your project. Instructor will send email with a tool listing.
 4.Holiday Carvings – Carol Leavy                  Beginner-Advanced

Returning this year, Carol has been making woodcarving news for her carving and painting skills. Enjoy five days of carving assorted basswood roughouts of a Santa, Witch or Snowman, or any of Carol’s roughouts. Students will need hand tools and palm tools. Instructor will send email.  


5. Carving Caricatures -PJ Driscoll                         Advanced

Now is your chance to take a class with a real CCA member! Five days carving one of PJ’s award winning roughouts. He will have many caricatures roughouts to choose from. The approximate completed sizes range from 9-10 inches. It will be out of basswood. The project you choose may take some extra time in the evening to complete.  
6. Polar Bear - Roger Nadrchal                              Advanced

Five days of carving and painting a Polar Bear from a roughout. Instructor will concentrate on the body of the structure, texture, and painting.  This carving will be carved and textured using power tools.The Bears will be Bleached, then painted in the class. We will use both power and hand tools, extension cords, dust collector and good lighting is the responsibility of each student. Bases will be available for an additional cost; however, students will need to preorder the bases. A complete list of tools will be mailed to the students that sign up. Paints will be provided.  

7. **Realistic Human Bust Vic Hood                      All Levels

Vic Hood is making his first appearance at the Doane Experience
The blanks for the class will be made of butternut and large enough to carve a one half to three quarter size human bust. The cost of the blank will be between $60 and $75 dollars. This is not a portraiture class but subject based, for example, an American Indian, Sea Captain, Mountain Man, etc. It is up to the student to decide what they want to carve. The structure of the class allows for all levels of carving experience, from beginners to accomplished. There will be models available to help students to develop ideas and design.
9. Blue Jay or Cardinal-  Norm Wise          All Levels

Five days of carving your choice of a Blue Jay or Cardinal. The Songbird will be 6 inches long, or 9 inches long, cutout will be either Tupelo or Basswood. Feet, and eyes provided. Students will need to bring, a power grinder, dust collector required, face masks, wood burner, knife, sandpaper, paint and brushes, ruler, pencils, and light. Bases will be available for an additional cost. Instructor will send email.
10. Chip Carving - Deb Russell                                                  All Levels

Enjoy a week of Exploration as you delve into the world of Chip Carving and Design. You will become equipped with the skills necessary to complete a wide range of projects. After reviewing foundational chip carving skills, novice carvers will receive “basic training” as more advanced carvers will move on towards their project piece. Using a choice of patterns of Geometric, Freeform or Old World to make a project your own. Instructor will provide designs, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains. Instructor will send email.​

8. Wood Burning- Rich Wagner                                     All Levels 

Woodburning Zentangle and Ambiguous. Zentangle is the method of creating images from a repetitive pattern, Ambiguous images are two images in one picture. The Zentangle project will be wood burned onto round plates about 9 inches. Ambiguous will be burned onto a piece of birch plywood. Plenty of pattens to choose from! Students will need to provide a red pen, eraser, a controlled temperature wood burner, burning tips , power cords and lights. Instructor to provide other materials. 

11. Project Room - For those non-carvers who have their own projects they would like to work on while socializing with fellow crafters. 


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