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The MAWA Woodcarving Experience at Doane is an annual, weeklong workshop sponsored by the Mid- America Woodcarvers Association of Omaha, Nebraska.

The workshop is held on the beautiful Doane University campus, in Crete, Nebraska. All  classes are held in the classroom buildings and students stay in the dormitories. Meals are served in the college cafeteria. All buildings are air-conditioned and most are handicapped accessible. Dormitory rooms are double occupancy with sharing of bathroom facilities.

The curriculum of the workshop presently includes classes in a variety of carving subjects and skill levels. Currently the workshop can accommodate 250-300 students.

The 2021 cost for the workshop is $525.00 per person, or $1,020.00 for couples (this includes room and board, administrative costs, and your annual membership dues to MAWA.) Individual class fees vary. There are camper facilities and motels in Crete for those choosing not to stay in the dormitories (a separate tuition price applies to this group; currently $410.00 per person or $790.00 per couple)

Registration materials are included in the February newsletter. Members receive the  newsletter on or about February 1. Registration is on a first come first serve basis based upon return postmarks. 

The dates of the 2021 workshop are July 18 through July 24, 2021. 


1. Bark-A-Techture - Ken Armsbury /Norm Minske                             All Levels/15 Students 
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. Cottonwood Bark Whimsey Houses with a twist!!!These houses are 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. 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, and finishing materials. 

2. Grizzly Bear and Cub - Linda Langenberg-Curtis                           Advanced/12 Students 
 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 8.5” tall by 6” deep. We will use both power and hand tools –extension cords, dust collector and a good light are encouraged. 

3.Carving A Vase with Design - Stacy Irish-Nehl                               Advanced/12 Students 
5 days of carving a basswood vase with an animal 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 tool listing.

4. **Holiday Carvings – Carol Leavy                                            Beginner-Advanced/12 Students
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, Snowman, or Witch. Students will need hand tools and palm tools. Instructor will send email.  

5. Golfer Caricature. - P.J. Driscoll                                                         Advanced/12 Students 
Now is your chance to take a class with a real CCA member! 5 days carving a golfer caricature. This Golfer design is new for 2021. This will be blank and a roughout. 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/12 students 
​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/16 Students 
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, Kevlar gloves, pencils, paint and paint brushes. Instructor will have over 70 projects to choose from.

 8. Cartoons 2 Carvings - Richard Houlden                                             All Levels/10 Students
 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.

9. Bobwhite Quail - Steve Schumacher                                            Intermediate–Advanced/12 Students
​Five days of carving a life size Bobwhite Quail from Tupelo. 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.

10. **Realistic Face in Cottonwood Bark – Alec LaCasse                         All Levels/10 Students
You have heard his name in several woodcarving venues, and you may have seen 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.

11. Intaglio Relief, Cutout Relief - Greg Wirtz                                             All Levels/12 Students
 5 days of Intaglio relief, (carving a design beneath the surface of the wood). One of the new projects this year a bear or a fox that is cut out into wood (see Photo); 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.

12. Chip Carving - Deb Russell                                                                   All Levels/12 Students
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. 

13. Decorative Gourds - Ruth Schumacher All Levels/10 Students 
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.)

14. Project Room 
For those non-carvers who have their own projects they would like to work on while socializing with fellow crafters. We will provide a room with tables/work space for you to do your own thing.

* Note: The **NEW** located next to a class number indicates this is a first year for that instructor, or they did not teach last year.

Mid-America Woodcarvers Association
Omaha, Nebraska