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DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES – 2018

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

1.  Bark Whimsy Houses---Ken ArmsburyAll Levels/15 Students
 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 a base—Linda CurtisAdvanced/12 Students 
5 days of carving Realistic Ocelot. The project will be wood burned and painted. We will use both power and hand tools – a complete list of tools will be mailed to students who sign up for the class.

3. Architectural Carving in European Style --Izo BecicIntermediate to Advanced/12 Students 
5 days of carving 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, 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-Advanced/12 Students
 5 days of carving a a realistic face in cottonwood bark. Attention to facial details will be explored. Students will need palm tools.   Instructor will send email. Cost includes barkt.

5.  Cowboy in a scene—P.J. Driscoll                                                                 Advanced/12 Students 
 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.

6.Stylized Howling Wolf-  Roger Nadrchal                                            Beginner-Advanced/8 students 
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-- Gen KreylingAll 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. 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. 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 Characters—Rick Wiebe               All Levels/12 Students
  5 days This material is also great for producing caricature busts and faces, and Santa carvings too, having a texture that allows for fine detailing of eyes, teeth, ears hair hats etc.Power tools, roughouts etc., are not necessary in this wonderful direct form of carving art. 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 or Gunstock Carving--Ken AdamsAdvanced/10Students 
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.  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 RhadiganAll Levels/16 Students 
5 days of carving 2 projects starting from cutouts, 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 cutouts to choose from.


11. Adult Carolina Chickadee with chicks--Steve SchumacherIntermediate–Advanced/12 Students
 5 days of carving anAdult Carolina Chickadee with several young chicks. 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 StetsonAll Levels/15 Students  
5 days of carving a Caricature designed for the 2018 Doane Experience. 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 WirtzAll Levels/12 Students 
5 days of Intaglio relief, (carving a design beneath the surface of the wood). One of the new projects this year is of an Angel; you will have your choice of patterns, including Santas, 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. **NEW**Chip Carving Bread Board---Deb Russell    All Levels/12 Students
 5 days of Chip Carving a 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, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains. Instructor will send email.  


15 .Decorative Gourds---Ruth Schumacher     All Levels/12 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. Swedish Flat Plane carving- Carlan Honaker  All Levels/6 Students
Every good woodcarving starts with a clay Model.  In this class you will learn to use an armature and clay to create your own creations.  You will be using an oil based clay . Students are encouraged to bring clay tools, although kitchen tableware will work.


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.


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 2018 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 2018 workshop are July 22 through July 28, 2018. 


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