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Wood Spoon Carving with Fred Livesay

Spoon CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2014
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2014
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. Tom and Fred will assist returning students with additional techniques to improve their skills. Get ready for Christmas and make hand crafted gifts during the November class!

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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Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal

Flat Plane CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 7, 8 & 9, 2014
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 25, 2014
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, March 22 & 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 8, 2014
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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Build Your Own Timber Frame with Dale Pederson

TimberframingLevel: Some woodworking skills would be helpful
Date: 6 consecutive days, January to April, 2014. Actual dates by arrangement
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Approximately 2 weeks before the scheduled class
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

In this class you will build a small structure that could be used for tool, utility or wood storage, or as a picnic shelter or small cabin. The class will start with instruction in the principles of timber framing, the use and maintenance of various tools, and the layout and cutting of joinery. A variety of traditional and modern tools will be used. By the end of the class the student should be ready to load the timbers on a small trailer to take home and assemble.

Tuition will include the cost of the timbers and pegs required to put the structure up as well as instruction and a noon meal each day. One student with previous woodworking skills should be able to complete the course in 6 days but an assistant or partner may accompany the student at no extra cost to speed up the process or share the experience. All the tools necessary to do the work are on hand but students should bring any tools they regularly use. Plans for the basic 10’ x 12’ structure will be provided. Students interested in a larger or custom designed project can arrange that if desired.

Tuition: $1,950 includes tuition, materials, and equipment use.

For Timber Frame and Shelter Buiding Classes: Accommodation is available on site where the class is taught at Stony Run Woods in a timber frame cabin for $45.00/night. Inquire for details. Alternative accommodation is available in the surrouding area.

To register or for questions, please call Dale Pederson at 320-564-3799.

Please visit www.stonyrunwoods.com to view examples of Dale’s work.

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Help Build a Pizza Oven Shelter at MVAS with Dale Pederson

TimberframingLevel: Some woodworking skills would be helpful
Date: Friday through Thursday, March 14-20, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls
Please note: Assembly day at the Milan Village Arts School will be scheduled later in the year

This is a group project where in the course of working on a shelter for the MVAS pizza oven, students will learn the fundamentals of timber frame terminology, design, layout and joinery execution required to build their own similar project. Specialized traditional and modern tools are on hand, but students should bring any of their own tools they’re accustomed to using.

Tuition will cover the cost of instruction as well as a set of drawings for the structure and a noon meal each day at Stony Run Woods, the site of the class.

Tuition: $260

For Timber Frame and Shelter Buiding Classes: Accommodation is available on site where the class is taught at Stony Run Woods in a timber frame cabin for $45.00/night. Inquire for details. Alternative accommodation is available in the surrouding area.

To register or for questions, please call Dale Pederson at 320-564-3799.

Please visit www.stonyrunwoods.com to view examples of Dale’s work.

Read Dale Pederson's bio.


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Acanthus Carving with Hans Sandom

Acanthus CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Monday through Friday
Class 1: March 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: February 25, 2014
Class 2: August 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 26, 2014
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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Realistic Cottontail Bunnies with Don Fischer

BunnyLevel: Some carving experience required
Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16, 2014
Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Milan Village Arts School

The class participants will be able to choose any of six different poses of the Cottontail Bunny. The bunnies range in size from four to six inches high. Participants will carve from bass wood rough outs, which will be provide at $20 each. Emphasis in the class will be texturing of the bunny’s fur, so a wood burning pen would be an optional tool, but is not mandatory.

Tuition: member $120, non-member $135
Supplies: Rough out blanks are $20 each
Participants in the class will need to provide their own carving tools carving knife and gouges), a cut-resistant carving glove, and a light if needed. A wood burning pen would be optional for texturing the fur. Wood burning pens are available at most craft/hobby stores and prices will range from $30.00 to $200.00. (Unless you plan to do intricate pyrography, you will not need to use the more expensive wood burning pen.) You will not need power carving tools for this project.

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Willow Works: Introduction to Window Garden Trellis with Jo Pederson

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 29, 2014
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

Students will learn to work with natural pieces of wood, to curve and bend them, and to add decorative pieces. Participants will choose a pattern and complete as much of it as possible, leaving with a 4 to 6 foot trellis at the end of the day. Please plan for your trellis’ transportation! Students should have basic skills with tools such as power drills and handsaws.

Tuition: member $65, non-member $80
Supplies: $15. The supply fee is paid to the instructor at the conclusion of class.

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Basic Broom Making with Robin Moore

Broom MakingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2014
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Few things are as satisfying as making your own beautiful tools for daily use. Brooms have been made by hand for centuries. Students in this class will learn a simple way to create a broom from raw materials. The broom you make will last for years and you’ll never buy another at a store again. Students may bring wood for their handle or choose from those provided. However, if you do want to bring your own wood, please contact Robin first. Brooms will be between 12 and 42 inches long according to preference.

Tuition: member $80, non-member $95
Supplies: $25. The supply fee is paid to the instructor at the conclusion of class.

Call Robin at 320-269-6176 with questions or to discuss broom handles.

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