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 July 24th. 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.

Select vendors; Stadtlander Woodcarving and Loess Hills Sawmill will be onsite providing access to carving tools, books, wood 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 ShowThursda June 9th displaying completed projects from all classes. 

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

Five days of carving cottonwood bark houses, with a twist. Students may carve houses in the round or as a wall hanging, creating their own designs. cottonwood bark whimsey houses with a twist!!! Beginners will create a Whimsey House, while more advanced carvers will complete houses with 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 is $15.00.
2. Grizzly Bear and Cub - Linda Langenberg-Curtis             Advanced

5 days of carving and painting a mother Grizzly Bear and Cub . This piece shows Mother bear and cub as they emerge from the den, This piece is approximately 6” wide by 9" tall by 6” deep. We will use both power and hand tools –extension cords, dust collector and a good light are encouraged. 

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

Five days of carving a basswood vase with an elephant design. Deer antlers will be insert to use as the tusks. 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. Big Horn Sheep- Roger Nadrchal                              Advanced

Five days of carving and painting a bust of a male and female big horn sheep from a roughout. Instructor will concentrate on the body of the structure, texture, and painting. The bust of the pair will be about 10” tall and 5” deep/ Instructor will provide detailed instructions and reference pictures. This carving will be carved and textured using power tools, wood burned and 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. This carving was originally designed by the late Kirt Curtis. 

7. Caricature Carving Floyd Rhadigan                      All Levels

Floyd is another CCA member that is instructing again this year 5 days of carving projects starting from cutouts or rough outs, several to choose from. Projects will be a choice of fantasy, caricature, cowboys or Santa 3” to 12”. Students should bring gouges, knives, gloves, pencils, paint and paint brushes. Instructor will have projects to choose from.
9. ** Canada Goose- Norm Wise          All Levels

Five days of carving a Canada Goose. The goose will be 6 inches tall, 9 inches tall with the base. Pattern, cutout, feet and eyes provided. Students will need to bring , a power grinder, dust collector, 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

Ever wonder which chip to take and which chip to leave? Choose your board, pick your pattern, and learn to see beyond the pattern to make your own project. After reviewing foundational chip carving skills, novice carvers will receive “basic training” as more advanced carvers will move on towards their project piece. Using patterns from adult coloring books, to teach how you can take a pattern and depending on what you decide to chip out can make a project your own. Instructor will provide designs, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains. Instructor will send email.
8. Cartoons 2 Carvings- Richard Houlden                All Levels 

Cartoonist and author Richard Houlden will be teaching you how to carve a caricature face in a 1 1/2-inch basswood stick. Each day students will carve a new character getting you to change the details so that they can be more comfortable designing the details and elements of a caricature carving. Instructor will also paint the carvings showing a technique that only uses four colors. Instructor will provide blanks; you just need to provide tools and carving glove.
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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