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Wood Spoon Carving with Fred Livesay

Spoon CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday and Sunday,
February 27 & March 28, 2016
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Scandinavia and other countries have folk traditions of carving spoons for home use and as gifts. The two day class is about continuing this art and craft. Spoon carving opens the door to a host of other woodcraft skills using axes and knives.

The focus of the class is to develop the student’s confidence in the use of a knife for roughing and finishing of a beautiful, durable and usable wooden spoon. Butter spreaders will be carved during the first morning session to learn the various carving strokes. The afternoon session and following day will be devoted to carving an eating spoon.

Other aspects of the class will cover sharpening, design, decorating and finishing. We will also cover stretching and exercises, as well as posturing for fatigue-free carving.

Beginners and experienced carvers are welcome. Please bring your own old and new spoons to share with the class. Fred will assist returning students with additional techniques to improve their skills.

Tuition: member $150   non-member $165
Supplies: Included. Fred will have some tools for student use, and tools and traditional spoon blanks for sale.

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Wood Spoon Carving with Paul Linden

Date: To be announced. 2016
Location: Milan Village Arts Satellite School
481 Wabasha Street South, Saint Paul

In 2016, The Milan Village Arts School will be holding several classes in a new MVAS teaching facility in St. Paul. The location is home to NeDA, the Neighborhood Development Alliance, whose mission is to strengthen the social and economic well-being of neighborhoods in the City of Saint Paul. Art is one part of NeDA’s strategy and will partner with MVAS to provide a select number of quality classes at their home facility.

Paul Linden is an artist who lives in Minneapolis and works in the Art Department of the University of Minnesota. Paul Linden is an accomplished spoon carver and a member of the Spoon Gathering working committee. More details on Paul’s class will become available at www.milanvillageartsschool.org

Other St. Paul classes on offer include:

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Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal

Flat Plane CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
February 12, 13 & 14, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: January 30, 2016
Location: Milan Village Arts School

In this course, open to beginning as well as experienced carvers, students will complete a figure (or two) of their choice, rendered in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Special emphasis will be placed on carving facial features, hands, etc. After painting the figure, a final finish will be applied. All participants, even fresh beginners, ought to be able to have at least one figure completely finished and shelf-ready by the end of the course.

The instructor will supply band-sawn wooden cutouts for sale and a supply of basic carving tools for sale to students who do not have their own tools. One basic carving or whittling knife is the principal tool; feel free to bring along whatever carving tools you might already own, but only one knife is really necessary.

Tuition: member $160   non-member $175
Supplies: Whatever carving tools student might already own. Instructor will have along a supply of basic tools for sale. Finishing materials (paint, wax, etc.) furnished by instructor.

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Flat Plane CarvingScandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Bill Jaeger

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday & Sunday
April 16 & 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 2, 2016
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Bill provides carving students with carving designs for this class that highlight the historical and unique aspects of traditional Scandinavian style figure carving. Students will practice the particular knife strokes and techniques to achieve the look of the old carvers. A good carving knife is the only tool needed, but students should bring their palm gouges. Carvers with some experience should be able to carve and paint a figure in this weekend class.

Tuition: member $135   non-member $150
Supplies: Students should bring their carving tools. Bill will provide band sawn blanks out of basswood and Pinewood Forge Knives for purchase. Finishing materials such as paint and Danish oil will be supplied by instructor.

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Acanthus Carving with Hans Sandom

Acanthus CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Monday through Friday
Class 1: March 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: February 20, 2016
Class 2: August 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 23, 2016
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Both novices and accomplished workers meet in this class to carve beautiful, ornate, leaf designs in wood. Students learn to work with the wood grain, basic elements of design, and the use and care of wood carving tools. The Acanthus technique dates back many centuries and can be used to add beauty to both structural and decorative woodwork.

Tuition: member $265   non-member $280
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own carving tools, paper, pencils, etc.

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Chip Carving: Multi-use Octagon with Marty Leenhouts

Chip Carving OctagonLevel: Everyone is welcome. No experience required.
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: October 31 2015
Location: Milan Village Arts School

In this class you will learn proper chip carving technique as well as knife sharpening, pattern application, finishing and more. You will have your choice of two patterns, one will be easier to carve than the other. You will learn how to remove all of the chips in each pattern so you can complete your carving after class if needed.

I use a camera, projector and screen in my classes so everyone can easily see the individual cuts and techniques being taught. No experience is needed and all are welcome.

Tuition: member $110   non-member $125
Supplies: $20 (Basswood or EZboard octagon and one basswood and one EZboard practice board)

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Chip Carving: Mantle Clock with Marty Leenhouts

Chip Carving Mantle ClockLevel: Everyone is welcome.
No experience required.
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 30, 2016
Location: Milan Community Center

In this class you will learn proper chip carving technique as well as knife sharpening, pattern application, finishing and more. You will have your choice of two patterns, one will be easier to carve than the other. You will learn how to remove all of the chips in each pattern so you can complete your carving after class if needed.

I use a camera, projector and screen in my classes so everyone can easily see the individual cuts and techniques being taught. No experience is needed and all are welcome.

Tuition: member $110 non-member $125
Supplies: $55 (Basswood or EZboard mantle clock with quartz clock movement and one basswood and one EZboard practice board)

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Scandinavian Character Carving with Don Fischer

Scandinavian Character CarvingLevel: Some carving experience required
Date: Saturday & Sunday
May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 30, 2016
Location: To be announced

In this class, students will be carving either an Ole or Lena figure, a Scandinavian Troll, a Gnome Family of Four or an immigrant couple on harvest day from “roughout” basswood blanks. Enough wood is allowed on the roughout blank for students to personalize their carvings. Past students are invited to return to work on pieces they did not finish in last year’s class or start a new piece.

Tuition: member $130   non-member $145
Supplies: Roughout blanks are $30 each
Participants in the class will need to provide their own carving tools (carving knife & gouges), a cut-resistant carving glove, and a light if needed. You will not need power carving tools.

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Timber Framing Workshop: By Appointment with Dale Pederson

TimberframingLevel: Beginner and above.
Time & Date: TBD with instructor
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

This workshop provides individual or small-group instruction in timber framing. Students will coordinate with the instructor to set up the times, dates and length of the course. Instruction will be tailored to individual interests and needs. This workshop is designed to give students ample access to the tools and skills necessary to complete the timber framing project of their choice.

Tuition: TBD depending on the group size
Supplies: TBD with instructor
Please contact Dale Pederson to discuss this class: email Dale or call 320-564-3799.

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Open Carving NightOpen Carving Night

Open Carving Night is the latest inclusion in the school’s studio program. Carvers of all forms are invited to meet at the school on the first Tuesday of each month to carve, network, and explore the medium of wood. There is no restriction on carving styles, and evenings have included acanthus carvers, relief carvers, spoon carvers, flat plane carvers, and figure carvers.

Requirements: Some experience in wood carving. Students must supply their own carving tools and wood. There is no fee for this studio.

 

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