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 18th. 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; The Hummul 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 Show Friday, July 23rd displaying completed projects from all classes. 

1. Bark-A-Techiture - Ken Armsbury & Norm Minske       All Levels

5 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. Making these houses unique, you will carve them more symmetrical, 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. Equipment and supplies will be outlined in letter to students. Instructor will furnish bark, and finishing materials Bark spoons and knives will also be available. Any type of piece may be carved: house, castle, lighthouse, etc. Instructor will demonstrate carving designs, techniques, and methods. 
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 Design- Stacy Irish-Nehl                           Advanced

5 days of carving a basswood vase. Student will have a Choice of a Dragon pattern, or animal design The vase will be pre-turned and ready for you to design. Vase is 11inches tall and over 5 inches around. This is a power carving class so dust collector and various power carving tools and bits will be used. Students need to bring a wood burner and ball tip pen to complete the project. Instructor will provide a modified stump cutter in addition to paint. 
 4.**Holiday Carvings – Carol Leavy                Beginner-Advanced

New this year, Carol has been making woodcarving news for her carving and Painting skills. Enjoy 5 days of carving assorted basswood roughouts of a Santa, Witch, or Snowman,  Students will need hand tools and palm tools.

5. Golfer -PJ Driscoll                                                Advanced

Now is your chance to take a class with a real CCA member! 5 days carving a golfer caricature. This is a new golfer designed especially for 2020. This will be a blank and roughout combination. The approximate completed size is 9-10 inches. It will be out of basswood. This project may take some extra time in the evening to complete. Students may have time to paint the completed project in class. ​
6. Resting Giraffe- Roger Nadrchal                              Advanced

Five days of carving a giraffe from a roughout. Instructor will concentrate on the body structure, texture, and painting. The giraffe will be 8” tall and 4” deep. Instructor will provide detailed instructions and reference pictures. Depending on the student’s choice one can wood burn or forgo that step. 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. A complete list of tools will be mailed to students who sign up.      

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. Bobwhite Quail- Steve Schumacher             All Levels

5 days of carving a Bobwhite Quail.  Pattern, cutout, feet and eyes provided. Students will need to bring study photographs, a power grinder, dust collector, face masks, wood burner, knife, sandpaper, paint and brushes, ruler, pencils, and light. Students will also need to bring their own habitat.
11. Intaglio Relief - Greg Wirtz                                          All Levels 

5 days of Intaglio relief, (carving a design beneath the surface of the wood). One of the new projects this year is of a Santa; you will have your choice of patterns, including Santa’s, religious, realistic, flowers, fantasy, etc. Project will be carved on 12” x 16” x 1” basswood board. Students will need hand tools, a sharp bench knife, a light (if additional light preferred), gouges #3, #5, #7, #9 sweeps and paint brushes

12. 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 carverswill receive “basic training” as more advances carvers will move on towards their project piece Instructor will provide designs, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains.
13. Decorative Gourds - Ruth Schumacher                    All Levels

This class will focus on a wide variety of more advanced techniques. Projects may vary from a large gourd project to which the various techniques are applied Techniques students may choose to use include: pyrography, power carving, in-lace, setting cabochons, filigree or lattice work, pine needle rims, use of quick wood or epoxy sculpt, and special effects. Time will also be spent on gourd design and viewing examples of the various techniques. THIS IS A POWERCARVING CLASS, so you will need a power carver, bits and burs, Dust collector and masks. A good light is recommended as well as any extension cords you may need. Some paints, dies and embellishments will be provided, however if students have a specific project in mind they may bring supplies that suit the completion of their special effects. (Example: feathers, beads, etc.)
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"“ basswood stick.  You should easily complete  three unique caricatures. 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.

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

Click on the link below to watch a video showing all the exciting class projects that were offered in 2019


10. **Realistic Face in Cottonwood Bark – Alec LaCasse All Levels 

You have heard his name in several woodcarving venues, and know what amazing projects he has created. You will receive 5 days of carving a realistic human face in cottonwood bark. Alec is known for his realism and his unique carving techniques. You will easily complete a finished project in this class. Tools required are hand tools, and a carving glove. Students will use benches in the class room.

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