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2019 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.



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 21st. 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 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 26th 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.  Standing Moose Linda Curtis                                Advanced
5 days of carving and painting a standing Moose on a base  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. A Vase with Gingko Leaves- Stacy Irish-Nehl             Advanced
5 days of carving a basswood vase with Ginko leaves. The vase will be pre-turned and ready for you to design. Vase is 10 inches 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. Instructor will provide a modified stump cutter in addition to paint, patterns and stain. Other patterns will be available.
4. Realistic Faces in  Bark - Marty Dolphens                   All Levels
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. Hound Dog with a Raccoon in Tree -PJ Driscoll       Advanced
5 days carving a caricature Hound dog with a raccoon in a tree This will be multiple pieces, with the hound dog carved from a blank, and the tree with raccoon will be a roughout 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.  Students may not have time to paint the completed project in class
 6. Sitting  Black Bear- Roger Nadrchal                     Advanced   
5 days of carving a sitting black bear next to a tree stump. The black bear will be wood burned and painted. Instructor will concentrate on structure, texture, and habitat.  The piece is about 6 inches tall. We will use both power and hand tools
 7.  Pyrography (Woodburning) -                              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 A Santa- Rick Wiebe                                All levels
5 days carving a Santa with several pose options: Learn to carve an Old World style Father Christmas      directly from a 4x4x10 Basswood block - no roughout or cutout. Carve a stylized Santa in an endearing sitting pose about 6” high - from a band sawn blank, or Carve a Cowboy Santa from a band sawn blank about 10” tall plus a floor and gift bag. You can also chose to carve Santa ornaments with various levels of detail and hat choices from 2x2x4 Basswood or cottonwood bark.  (several of these can be done in one week).
9.  Antler 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 Wren- Steve Schumacher              All Levels
5 days of carving an adult Carolina Wren. 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 Santa Face – Millard Harrell             All Levels
 5 days of carving a Santa face about 6 to eight inches tall from basswood block. Project will focus on construction and facial expression. Students need to bring sharp tools, carving glove, and notebook
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
14. Chip Carving a  Plaque - Deb Russell                       All Levels
5 days of Chip Carving a plaque with lettering. The size will be roughly 9 x 8 or larger. 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, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains. 
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. Cartoons to Caricature- Richard HouldenAll Levels
Cartoonist and Author Richard Houlden will be teaching you how to carve a caricature face in a 1” or 1 ½ “ basswood stick. Students will begin by carving a study stick then will progress into carving step by step faces,  You should easily complete the study stick and 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.

17. 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 being offered in 2019

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