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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 and include wood burning,. Currently the workshop can accommodate 250-300 students.

The 2019 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 February newsletter on or about February 1. Registration is on a first come first serve basis based upon return postmarks. The dates of the 2019 workshop are July 21 through July 27, 2019. 


Mid-America Woodcarvers Association
Omaha, Nebraska


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. Standing Moose__ Linda Curtis Advanced/12 Students 
  5 days of carving and painting a Standing Moose on a base in basswood. The Moose is approximately 10” wide by 10” tall by 3.5” deep, not counting the antlers which will be carved separately. 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.**Carving A Vase with Gingko Leaves- Stacy Irish-Nehl Advanced/12 Students 
5 days of carving a basswood vase with Ginko leaves. The vase will be pre-turned and ready for you to design. This is a power carving class so dust collector and various power carving tools and bits will be used. 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. Realistic Faces in Cottonwood bark---Marty Dolphens All Levels/12 Students
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 Raccoon in tree  P.J. Driscoll                                     Advanced/12 Students
5 days carving a 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/12 students 
 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 – a complete list of tools will be mailed to students who sign up.

7. Pyrography-- Gen Kreyling                                                               All Levels/15 
Students 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.. As students advance, they can choose a project from over 1,000 patterns or bring their own to work on. 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/12 Students 
 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). Students need to bring assorted hand tools.

9. Antler Carving - Ken Adams Advanced/10 Students 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/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 with prices $15.00 to $40.00.
Cost: $50.00 plus price of rough-out

11. Adult Carolina Wren --Steve Schumacher Intermediate–Advanced/12 Students 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/12 Students 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. 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, 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.

14. Chip Carved Plaque---Deb Russell All Levels/12 Students
 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. Instructor will send email. 

 15. 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.)

16. **Cartoons to Caricature- Richard HouldenAll Levels/10 Students
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. 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.

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