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Registration for The Doane Woodcarving Experience 2018 will be open February 1, 2018 - July 10, 2018. Complete the following information and we will add  you to our mailing list. 


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2018 Class Listing

Please note that classes fill up quickly.  When you register for a class it is important to list your alternative choices on your registration form. Click on class names in orange to view a photo of the project.



Class Information

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 23rd. Classes unofficially start at this instructor meet and greet so bring your tools and plan to pay your instructor fees at that time. 

Those attending The Doane Experience for the first time will meet briefly Sunday for a New Student Orientation.

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 Woodcraft Shop, Moore Roughouts, and Loess Hills Sawmill will be onsite providing access to carving tools, books, roughouts, 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 27th displaying completed projects from all classes. 

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1. Bark Whimsy Houses - Ken Armsbury                      All Levels
5 days of carving Cottonwood Bark Whimsy Houses. Students may carve houses in the round or as a wall hanging, creating their own designs. 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. Equipment and supplies will be outlined in letter to students. Instructor will furnish bark, wood burners, grinders, dust collector and finishing materials. 
 2.    Ocelot on base - Linda Curtis                                Advanced
5 days of carving and painting an Ocelot on a base (artist has not completed the carving as of this printing. The project page depicts a photo of an ocelot) in basswood. 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. 
3. Architectural Carving in European Style - Izo Becic 
                                                                        Intermediate to Advanced
5 days of carving 2 projects, student’s choice. Projects to choose from: Green man, Acanthus, Oak Leaves or Grapes Shelf, Mirror Frame, Decorative Plaque w/Grapes, and several other projects to choose from. Students need to bring 3 to 4 clamps, mallet, and sturdy wood box to raise project and clamp on, and large gouges. Students are expected to purchase a minimum of two projects. Please note: If you bring a project to finish from past classes you will still need to purchase the two projects for this year. Instructor will call.
4. Realistic Faces in Cottonwood Bark - Marty Dolphens  
                                                                        Beginner to Advanced
5 days of carving assorted sized faces of Santas, Native Americans or Mountain Men. Attention to facial details will be explored. Students will need hand tools and palm tools. Instructor will send email. You will easily complete two pieces in this class. 
 ​5. Cowboy in a ScenePJ Driscoll                    Advanced
5 days carving a Cowboy in a scene with fence posts. It will be carved in separate pieces and assembled together. The approximate completed size is 9-10 inches. It will be out of basswood. This project will take some extra time in the evening to complete. Some pieces may be rough outs, some may be cutouts. Students will paint the completed project in class. (Photo does not show scene.)
 6. Stylized howling Wolves- Roger Nadrchal        
                                                                  Intermediate - Advanced   
5 days of carving Stylized Howling full bodied wolves in butternut. The wolves will be wood burned and painted. The lower half of the carving will be finished showing the natural beauty of the butternut wood. The piece is about 12 inches tall by 6 inches wide and 3 inches deep. We will use both power and hand tools – a complete list of tools will be mailed to students who sign up for the class.
 7.  Pyrography (Woodburning) - Gen Kreyling           All levels
Learn pyrography (wood burning). Beginners will learn the basics of wood burning with an emphasis on why and how the different pens and techniques work. Emphasis will be given to soft shading, creating hair/fur, perspective, trees and foliage, shorelines and reflections. As students advance, they can choose a project from over 1,000 patterns or bring their own to work on. Projects can be completed on Italian Poplar, Basswood (either with or without bark), canvas bags, or gourds. Cost of materials for projects will vary from $1.00 to $20.00.Tools required: wood burner (instructor prefers Optima burners and pens, and will have them available in class), graphite paper, red ink pen, clear ruler, pencil, and eraser. A light may be helpful. Graphite paper, red ink pens, erasers and clear rulers will also be available for sale in class.
8.  Carving Cottonwood CharactersRick Wiebe          All levels
5 days Instructor will guide you in this course in learning to turn raw pieces of bark into real works of art, using simple hand tools such as knives, gouges and wood burners. It is possible, and even likely, that more than one project will be completed during the course.
 Instruction will also be given on a dry brush technique of producing an antique finish on the carvings. Discussion and advice on obtaining bark for future projects will be included. Students need to bring assorted hand tools. Instructor will provide cottonwood bark and paints. Instructor will send email.
9.  Antler Carving and Gun Stock Carving - Ken Adams    Advanced
5 days of power carving Small Scenes in deer, elk or moose antlers. This class is designed to show how to make patterns and the basics of bone power carving. Students must provide their own Antler or Gunstock (no guns allowed) Power carving tools only, dust box, dust mask, lighting, etc. If student wants to do a moose antler it must be small in size and student will have to provide the antler. Instructor will provide small antler pieces and will send email.
10. Caricature Carving Floyd Rhadigan                      All Levels
5 days of carving 2 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.
11. Adult Carolina Chickadee with Chicks- Steve Schumacher
                                                                    Intermediate - Advanced
5 days of carving an adult Carolina Chickadee with several young Chicks. 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. Instructor will send email.
12. Basswood Caricature Dave Stetson                       All levels
5 days of carving a Dave Stetson 2018 Original Caricature or a Santa from basswood blank. Project will focus on construction and facial expression. Instructor will work with all students who want to learn regardless of experience. Students need to bring sharp tools, carving glove, and notebook. If student wants to paint their project, they will need to bring brushes, paint, water basin, disposable pallet, boiled linseed oil and paper towels.
13. 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. Instructor will send email.
14. Chip Carving a Bread Board Deb Russell       All levels
5 days of Chip Carving a 6 x 12 inch bread board. Students should bring any chip carving tools and supplies they may have, including Deft or other lacquer spray, paints or special stains. Instructor will provide designs, Instructor will send email. 
15. 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.)
16. Swedish Flat Plane CarvingCarlan Honaker           All levels
Using the Swedish Flat Plane carving techniques, you will be able to create a beautiful and fun character carving. Instructor will provide blanks, you just need to provide a sharp knife and carving glove.

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