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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. 

The 2023 cost for the workshop is $540.00 per person, or $1,050.00 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 $425.00 per person or $820.00 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 2023 workshop are June 3 through June 9, 2023. 


* 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.

1. Bark-A-Techture -  Norm Minske                                                                     All Levels/15 Students 
Five 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 whimsy houses with a twist!!! Beginners will create a Whimsy House, while more advanced carvers will complete houses 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. 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 an Elephant Design - Stacy Irish-Nehl                               Advanced/12 Students 
Five days of carving a basswood vase with an elephant design. Deer antlers will be insert to use as the tusks. 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 a tool listing

4. Holiday Carvings – Carol Leavy                                                                        Beginner-Advanced/12 Students
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. Carving Caricatures - P.J. Driscoll                                                                     Advanced/12 Students 
Now is your chance to take a class with a real CCA member! Five days carving one of PJ’s award winning roughouts. He will have many caricatures roughouts to choose from. The approximate completed sizes range from 9-10 inches. It will be out of basswood. The project you choose may take some extra time in the evening to complete.  

6.Bighorn Sheep - Roger Nadrchal                                                                      Advanced/12 students 
Five days of carving and painting a bust of a male and female big horn sheep from a roughout. Instructor will concentrate on the body of the structure, texture, and painting. The bust of the pair will be about 10” tall and 5” deep/ Instructor will provide detailed instructions and reference pictures. This carving will be carved and textured using power tools, wood burned and painted in the class 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; however, students will need to preorder the bases. A complete list of tools will be mailed to the students that sign up. Paints will be provided. This carving was originally designed by the late Kirt Curtis. 

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. **Canada Goose  - Norm Wise                                                     Intermediate–Advanced/ 6 Students
​Five days of carving a Canada Goose. The goose will be 6 inches tall, 9 inches tall with the base. Pattern, cutout, feet and eyes provided. Students will need to bring , a power grinder, dust collector, face masks, wood burner, knife, sandpaper, paint and brushes, ruler, pencils, and light. Bases will be available for an additional cost. Instructor will send email.

10. 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. Using patterns from adult coloring books, to teach how you can take a pattern and depending on what you decide to chip out can make a project your own. Instructor will provide designs, spray adhesive, sandpaper, and stains. Instructor will send email

11 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.

Mid-America Woodcarvers Association
Omaha, Nebraska